Queen’s LGBT+ Society welcomes people who identify as (but is not limited to) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Non-binary, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual, Queer, but also curious, open-minded and heterosexually identified people alike who wish to get involved or provide support to a friend. So please join no matter what your orientation!
The LGBT Society at Queen’s was formed officially in the 1960s, although various unofficial groups existed for many years prior to this. It was the first society to be set up on the Island of Ireland and has had a long history of activism. It was re-established as an active group a number of years ago and progressed steadily, providing a comprehensive and confidential Society for all LGBT+ students at Queen’s.
In 2006/7 the society attracted a record number of students to its initial meeting and has been recognised at the annual Clubs and Societies Awards Ceremony as the ‘Best new Society’ for 2006/7.
2007/08 signalled an exciting evolution for the society. The Society was successful in securing a grant from the Queen’s Annual Fund and received £3000 which funded five members of the Society to attend USI’s annual Pink Training in Cork and run Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week (SHAG Week) in February. We handed out over 1000 SHAG packs and hosted “GI Jonny Night” in the Student’s Union, helping to inform and protect all students at Queen’s.
In 2011/12 the society again reached a record number of members at the initial meeting and since then has grown from strength to strength not just around campus and within the SU but also on a political scale acting as a lobby group and working with other societies within QUB to hold debates on topical issues such as the blood ban for same-sex attracted people.
In 2012 the society underwent a huge rebranding and has embedded itself as a leading society within the Students’ Union at Queen’s. A new logo, website and a totally new direction in terms of events, campaigns and political lobbying has given the society a new lease of life to continue on from the amazing work done by the previous committees.
Over the last few years, our society has continued to grow and rebrand itself, attracting large numbers of new members year after year. It has provided new social outings, workshops and campaigns, taken part in both local and international LGBT+ events worked in partnership with other societies both inside and outside of the University and has truly enriched the university life of its members.
In 2017 the society was awarded “Outstanding Contribution to Equality” at The SU Awards.
Make sure to get involved in the QUB LGBT+ society today! Email us or come to our next meeting, we look forward to seeing you soon!