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THE HANDBOOK 2013-2014 YOUR GUIDE TO LGBTQ OXFORD


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13 Freshers’ Brunch 11:30-13:30

14 Queer DiscOx 19:30-21:00

15 Drinks 20:00-23:00

16 Grads: Opera 19:00

Merton College JCR

Oxide Radio

The Plush Lounge (Theme: Oscar Wilde)

Oxford New Theatre

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17 Women’s Drinks 20:00 The Mitre Ice Cream Social 20:00

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Bi/Pan Tea 16:00

G&D’s Cowley Rd

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Queer DiscOx 19:30-21:00 Oxide Radio Film: (A)Sexuality Time TBC Queen’s Shulman Auditorium

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Queer DiscOx 19:30-21:00 Oxide Radio Film: Rocky Horror Picture Show Time TBC Merton T.S. Eliot Theatre

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Queer DiscOx 19:30-21:00 Oxide Radio

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The Plush Lounge

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Women’s Drinks 20:00 The Mitre Grads: Board Games Night 19:00 Thirsty Meeples Board Games Café

Grads: Pizza and Beer Time TBC Linacre College

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Women’s Drinks 20:00 The Mitre

Beer, Pizza, and Films

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Ice Cream Social

QUEERFEST

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G&D’s Cowley Rd

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26 Drinks 20:00-23:00

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Pembroke College

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Women’s Drinks 20:00 The Mitre

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For an up to date list of events see www.oulgbtsoc.org.uk

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Welcome Welcome to the Oxford University LGBTQ society’s handbook – your guide to LGBTQ Oxford. We’re committed to facilitating a vibrant and diverse community where all LGBTQ students can feel welcomed and relaxed. There is no membership fee and anyone is welcome to get involved. Throughout the year our committee hosts a broad range of popular social events that will help you develop strong friendships and have a great time. The society promotes a number of welfare services and works hard to ensure that you have access to the support and information you need. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any member of the committee who will be happy to do their best to help you. We work closely with the student union’s LGBTQ Campaign to help give your views and opinions a platform. From educating local schools on LGBTQ issues to raising awareness of what it means to be trans*, there is a lot you can do to help make Oxford a better place for your colleagues. If you feel

passionate about making a change then we’re here to help. We hope you will get involved with the society’s activities and events. To keep up more information about what we do visit our website and sign up to our mailing list. Don’t hesitate to contact us about anything – we’d love to hear from you. enquiries@oulgbtsoc.org.uk Ashley Francis-Roy President 2013-2014

LGBTQ is an acronym that abbreviates the words Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer/ Questioning. These labels can seem constraining or restricting yet many people choose This makes sense as sexuality and gender are important aspects of our identity and these labels can help us to make sense of who we are. Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable with them: anyone is welcome to get involved with the society.


Keep In Touch Like our page on Facebook www.facebook.com/OULGBTQ Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/oulgbtq @OULGBTQ Got a question but want to remain anonymous? Ask us on tumblr www.oulgbtq.tumblr.com Sign up to our mailing list on our website www.oulgbtsoc.org.uk


Your College Most colleges in Oxford have their own LGBTQ representatives who are part of the Common Room’s committee. It’s their role to help facilitate a supportive environment for all LGBTQ students within their college. They are a really important aspect of LGBTQ provision in Oxford and complement the work of the society by organising their own events and activities. They should promote welfare services and are able to listen sensitively if you want to talk about something. If you don’t know who your college LGBTQ rep is, get in touch and we can let you know. enquiries@oulgbtsoc.org.uk


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Ashley Francis-Roy President president@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Il-Kweon Sir Events Rep events@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Ian Headley Secretary secretary@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Matthew Davies Events Rep events@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Max Goplerud Elizabeth Coyne Male Welfare Rep Female Welfare Rep male.welfare@oulgbtsoc.org.uk female.welfare@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Sam Weinberg Treasurer treasurer@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Nick Toner & Tom Chaloner Drinks Reps drinksrep@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Katherine Stagg

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any member of the committee!


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Fabienne Sandkühler Bisexuality Rep bisexuality@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Thomas Wallace Bisexuality Rep bisexuality@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Otamere Guobadia BME Rep bme@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Balaji Ravichandran Male Grad Rep male.grad@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Meghan Bailey Female Grad Rep female.grad@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Amelia Tudor Beamish publicity@oulgbtsoc.org.uk

Trans* @ Oxford The society doesn’t have a Trans* rep at the moment but we’re still committed to making sure that Trans* students are well supported at Oxford and are able to develop a strong support network. We will be hosting frequent Trans* socials and will also be working to improve trans awareness by educating the wider community. If you need advice and information on transitioning in Oxford or feel that you have been treated unfairly then we are here to help you.

International students @ Oxford The society doesn’t have an Internationals’ rep at the moment. Five members of our committee, however, are international students. We’re really keen to ensure that LGBTQ international students feel comfortable in what may be a new and unusual environment. We are: Sam Weinberg, Balaji Ravichandran, Fabienne Sandkühler, Il-Kweon Sir, Meghan Bailey


About Our Events The society holds many events throughout the year for Oxford’s LGBTQ population and its allies. The best way to keep abreast of what’s going on is to check our website and read the weekly society newsletter by signing up to our mailing list.

every Tuesday, and are a great place to make friends and keep in touch with our thriving LGBTQ community. Other regular events highlights including the termly society dinner and out-of-town trips to LGBTQ hotspots such as London and Manchester.

as well as events aimed at graduate and international students. These are usually arranged by the appropriate committee member, but they can all be found in our termcard and our newsletter. Those interested in queer theory and LGBTQ academia may want to check out the Queer Studies Circle and the Oxford LGBT Book Club. Oxford is also a great place to hear prominent LGBTQ Queen’s Sexuality and Gender Seminars bring a diverse and accessible range of speakers to Oxford.


OUSU LGBTQ Campaign The LGBTQ Campaign is the campaigning arm of Oxford’s LGBTQ community. As an autonomous campaign, it is supported by the Oxford University Student focus on. The campaign exists to help give your views and opinions a platform. From educating local schools on LGBTQ issues to raising awareness of what it means to be trans*, there is a lot you can do to help make Oxford a better place for your colleagues. If you feel passionate about making a change then we’re here to help. Katherine Stagg www.ousu.org/get-involved/campaigns/lgbtq/

LGBTQ & Religion Many LGBTQ people of faith can feel confused and concerned about the relationship between their sexual and gender identities and their religious belief. There are a number of organisations in Oxford that welcome and enquiries@oulgbtsoc.org.uk


Queer Studies Circle sexuality, queer theory, queer culture and virtually anything else you care to bring up! To give you an idea of the kinds of things we talk about, a selection of the topics we discussed last year were: queer families and parenting; intersectionality; queer sex; queer utopias; and the concept of queerness itself. afterwards. We are committed to providing an open, accessible and safe space where all feel welcome, and we hope the standard and tone of our it’s a small, friendly discussion group, so don’t be afraid to come along and get stuck in. No previous knowledge of academic queer theory is required. Members of the university as well as nonmembers are welcome to come and contribute to our discussions. You are invited to join our group on Facebook: just type ‘Oxford Queer Studies for each of our meetings can be found there. We hope to see you at some of our meetings! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions! Alexander Beecham alexander.beecham@merton.ox.ac.uk


Sexual The society is committed to making sure that you have access to the appropriate information and resources that will help you make the best decisions for your sexual health. We have a number of sexual health provisions available for both women and men. These are available at our events, from your college LGBTQ reps and on demand from our welfare Elizabeth Coyne: female.welfare@oulgbtsoc.org.uk Max Goplerud: male.welfare@oulgbtsoc.org.uk Prevention is better than cure If you’re sexually active, you’re at risk of catching a sexually there are some simple precautions you can take to reduce this risk. Condoms are the best way of reducing transmission of most STIs: they can be free (from the LGBTQ society welfare reps, your doctor to be used during sex, and don’t require medical help. Getting tested Regular sexual health screens are recommended if you’re sexually active. Some STIs can be asymptomatic but still cause complications for you, or be transmitted to your partner.

There are a number of ways you get tested. a) Genitourinary Medicine Clinic A trip to the GUM clinic may sound embarrassing and scary, but everybody and everything is dealt with in a professional and non-judgmental way. The Oxford GUM Clinic at the of sexual health services, including testing for and treatment of STIs, advice on safer sex, relationships, HIV care, drug use or other health related issues. Advice and treatment is free and


Health b) Your GP for the more common STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. Give them a ring, or book an appointment for more information. c) Test kits Free home test kits are available for chlamydia. The test requires a urine sample or lower vaginal swab that you do yourself, Wso you do not need to be examined. The test kits are available by post (www.testbyGUM clinics, and LGBTQ events. A HIV postal test is also available for gay or bisexual men in the UK. This www.tht.org.uk/sexual-health/ HIVSTIs/HIV-AIDS/HIV-postal-test Accidents happen Accidents can happen to anybody. The most important thing is not to panic: most common STIs can be successfully treated and will not cause lasting damage if caught early.

Three steps to take: 1. Book an appointment to get a full sexual health screen at a GUM clinic. 2. If you have a regular sexual partner, use condoms during sex until you have the results of your sexual health screen. 3. Consider Post Exposure Prophystop a person becoming infected after HIV has entered their body. PEP is an emergency measure to be used as a last resort, for example if a condom breaks or if you have a ‘slip up’ from your usual safer sex routine. PEP must be started as soon as possible: up to three days after unprotected sex, or a condom charge but can only be prescribed by doctors. Sexual health and HIV clinics can provide it, and should weekend then Accident & Emergency departments in hospitals can also provide it.

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