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Table of Contents Welcome!.......................................................................................... 5 F.A.Q ................................................................................................. 6 Meet the Committee! ........................................................................ 8 Welfare Officers ................................................................................... 9

The LGBT Campaign ........................................................................ 10 Welfare ........................................................................................... 11 Support Networks ........................................................................... 12 UEA-based Support ............................................................................. 12 Dean of Students Office ................................................................................... 12 Counselling Service .......................................................................................... 13 Advice Centre .................................................................................................. 13 Nightline .......................................................................................................... 14

External Support ................................................................................. 14 Mancroft Advice .............................................................................................. 14 Sexual Violence Alliance ................................................................................... 14 Ten .................................................................................................................. 15 Time To Talk .................................................................................................... 15 Women on Women.......................................................................................... 16 BLAH ................................................................................................................ 16 The Transgender Zone ..................................................................................... 17 The Gender Trust ............................................................................................. 17 EAST – Eastern AIDS Support Triangle .............................................................. 18 Grove Clinic...................................................................................................... 18

Reporting Hate Crime ...................................................................... 19 Events ............................................................................................. 20


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Reviews........................................................................................... 21 Liberate! ............................................................................................. 21 Shoosh ................................................................................................ 21 The Castle ........................................................................................... 22 The Catherine Wheel ........................................................................... 22 The Birdcage ....................................................................................... 23 Take 5 (@Crypt) .................................................................................. 23 Workshop 53....................................................................................... 24 Mischief Pub ....................................................................................... 24 Playhouse Bar ..................................................................................... 25

Norwich Pride ................................................................................. 26 Acknowledgements ......................................................................... 27


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Welcome! Hi! I’m Matthew and I’m the President of this year’s UEAPride, formerly known as UEA LGBT. As a Peer Support Group, we’re here to help all students with anything regarding sexuality or gender identity be it yourself or regarding a friend. Whatever the problem or question, our Welfare Officers would be more than happy to help you and provide a welcoming ear. Everything is said in the strictest confidence. You can contact them directly at welfare@ueapride.co.uk. We’re also here to help you meet new people as university is a time where some first meet other like-minded people. We hold regular events to suit a wide variety of tastes ranging from lunches and BBQs, where you can easily chat to people and relax, to our popular club night Liberate! To be kept up to date on our latest goings on, send an email to secretary@ueapride.co.uk to be added to the mailing list. I look forward to meeting you all this year and I hope it’s a good one! Matt


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F.A.Q How much does it cost to join? Nothing! UEAPride is a peer support group, therefore we do not charge any membership fee and therefore we don't have an official member list like other societies. If you want to be kept up to date on all our goings on you can join our mailing list online by sending an email to secretary@ueapride.co.uk Why the name "UEAPride" and not LGBT? Whilst the umbrella term LGBT is widely used around the world, we feel that often sexuality and gender is a rather complex issue and some people feel forced to self define as something they are not. The term UEAPride was chosen to make the group more inclusive to everyone, rather than a group exclusively for LGBT students. Who can take part? We welcome all UEA Students and their friends to our events and services. You are not required to self-define as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans to take part. So do you guys campaign? As we mentioned, UEAPride is a peer support group. Due to the Union of UEA Students’ constitution, this means we are not allowed to campaign. However, fret not – the Union has 4 equal opportunities campaigns. One of these is the LGBT Campaign. Liz Biscoe is the LGBT Campaign Convenor for the Union so if you’d like to get involved, leave her a message at e.biscoe@uea.ac.uk. More information on the campaigns can be found on page 10.


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I really want to come to an event but I feel too shy to do so, what can I do? First of all, many people can be shy about coming to a group like ours. Our team of welfare officers can chat to you or arrange a place to meet beforehand. Contact them at welfare@ueapride.co.uk You are also more than welcome to bring a friend (or a bunch of them!) with you. What happens at lunch? We are in the Hive every Wednesday lunchtime between 12 and 2pm (term time only). You can bring your lunch or grab a bite to eat from the selection in the Hive. We have magazines, books and DVDs for you to borrow. It's also a chance to chill out, have a laugh and chat to people. Look out for a UEAPride banner.

Something not answered? Ask in our Discussion Forum at www.ueapride.co.uk/forum or email secretary@ueapride.co.uk


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Meet the Committee! President – Matthew Mayhew Hi, I’m Matt and I’m this year’s President! I’m a 3rd year student studying Biological Sciences. My job as part of UEAPride is to chair our meetings and make sure everyone on committee knows what they are doing. Make sure you come say hi to me if you see me! Secretary | Web Editor – Ollie Matthews Hello everyone, I’m a 4th year languages student and the current Secretary and Web Editor. You’ll find me at most of our events so come and say hi! I love meeting new people. I have a passion for good music and French things. Treasurer – Jason Bell Hey, I'm Jason, in my 2nd year studying business and computing, and am this year’s Treasurer for UEAPride! I'll be keeping an eye on the finance issues in the group and contributing thoughts to raise funds for even more fun and exciting things to take part in Communications Officer – Hayley Kearns Hi! I'm Hayley, I'm a second year History/Politics student. I spent most of my first year hanging around with UEAPride and going to socials and met a tonne of fantastic people. If you see me or need anything say Hi on campus or just email. Events Co-ordinator – René Kaiser Hi, my name is René and I’m a third year PPE-student. I’m rather hard to miss with my hair and most likely you’ll see me out an about in town and on events. That’s because I’m this year’s eventscoordinator.


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Welfare Officers Andrew Kitchener My name is Andy, and I am a homosexual. I spend far too much of my time procrastinating while listening to alternative music and watching films. I am a PGCE student and look forward to meeting you all in September and beyond. Becky Austin Hiya! I’m Becky. I’m a second year English Lit student, and one of the Welfare Officers on the UEA Pride committee. I’m somewhat horrifically clichéd: bisexual English Lit students who write fantasy are ten-a-penny. Fuchsia Saville Hi! I’m Fuchsia and I’m in my second year of studying English with Creative Writing. I joined Pride at SocMart in my first year, I made a bunch of friends straight away and I’m living with some of them this year I’m hoping that this year we can make Pride even better! Bernadette Schulz Hi everyone, I'm Bernadette, in my third (and final) year of Culture, Literature and Politics, and one of your welfare officers for this year! If you need anyone to talk to about anything (or just want to have a coffee), that's what we Welfare Officers are there for! I’m also the Women’s Campaign Convenor on the union, so if you’d like to get involved, I’d love to hear from you!


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The LGBT Campaign Hi! I’m Liz, the LGBT Campaign Convenor. My job is to oversee the campaigns that will be run over the 2009/10 year that promote awareness of issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity, promote equality and make it VERY clear that discrimination, bullying or abuse on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity will not be tolerated at UEA! I have so many ideas and so much passion for events and campaigns to run this year, but ultimately this is YOUR campaign and its success is down to you! This year I shall be running 4 priority campaigns:  

Awareness Raising Healthcare – improving accessibility for LGBT students to UEA medical centre and raising the profile of LGBT people in health professions courses Donation not Discrimination - continuing the challenge against the National Blood Service's discriminatory policy on men who have slept with men LGBT History Month - in February, celebrating all that LGBT culture has given us over the years!

Contact me by emailing e.biscoe@uea.ac.uk if you’re interested in running a campaign, just getting involved, or if you have skills or a talent that you think might help the campaign!


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Welfare The Welfare Officers are here to provide the ‘peer support’ part of UEAPride. If you have a problem, we are your first point of call. You can come to any one of us and we’ll do our best to help – no problem is too big or insignificant. There’s always at least one male and one female Officer to help you feel comfortable, and we’re on the lookout for a trans Officer. Stay tuned to updates or please contact us at secretary@ueapride.co.uk if you feel you’re up for the part! We can also point you towards other organisations (e.g. the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard) and others people who can help. Some of these are listed on the following pages. So come talk to us! We are all very friendly. If you want to keep it to email, that’s fine: the email address is welfare@ueapride.co.uk Nervous about going to an event alone? Feel free to arrange to meet up with one of us first. Or feel free to organise a meet up just to chat. And of course, everything is confidential.

Andrew, Becky, Fuchsia and Bernadette – this year’s Welfare Officers


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Support Networks Whilst UEAPride are here to provide you with support and a comforting ear to talk to, sometimes it is necessary to signpost individuals to more specific support. Here a few internal and external support groups available.

UEA-based Support Dean of Students Office 01603 592761 dos.reception@uea.ac.uk www.uea.ac.uk/dos The Dean of Students’ Office offers wide-ranging advice and guidance to any student who is experiencing difficulties or who wishes to make the most of the opportunities available to them at UEA. It also works with staff across the University to help them respond effectively to students. Regular work for the Dean of Students Office includes Living in Residences and a Mental Health Service. The Dean of Students Office can be located opposite the top floor of Waterstones on the walkway, in between the Hive and Library, open 9am5pm Monday-Friday.


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Counselling Service 01603 592651 csr@uea.ac.uk www.uea.ac.uk/counselling The University Counselling Service is part of Student Services and their aim is to enable students to achieve their academic and personal goals by providing confidential counselling and support for any difficulties encountered while at UEA. In addition to one-on-one counselling, the Counselling Service also offers group work and workshops. They can be located next to the Dean of Students Office, above the Laundrette. They are open Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings.

Advice Centre 01603 593463 advicecentre@uea.ac.uk http://www.ueastudent.com/advice Located on the walkway outside the main entrance of Union House offers professional, friendly and confidential advice, either by appointment or on a drop-in basis, on a range of issues including housing, legal, employment, academic and financial matters. The Advice Centre operates a housing bureau, Home Run, which helps students to find off-campus accommodation, and EmployAbility, which advertises details of part-time work for students.


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Nightline 01603 503504 nightline@uea.ac.uk This is a confidential listening service funded by the Union and run by UEA students for students. You can call at any time between 8.00pm-8.00am if you are feeling lonely, worried or just want someone to talk to. Feel free to call or drop in and see them at Suffolk Terrace, Block A, Roadway Level. They can also provide you with free condoms.

External Support Mancroft Advice 01603 766994 www.map11-25.org The Mancroft Advice Project, better known as MAP, is an independent information, advice and counselling service for young people aged between 11 and 25. People go to get information or advice on all sorts of issues: housing, drugs, sexual health, your rights, benefits, and money, etc.

Sexual Violence Alliance Support for Women 01603 667687 Support for Men 0808 808 4321 www.seva-uk.org SeVA is a charity committed to supporting and empowering the survivors of sexual violence and their supporters. They are a charitable company that


UEAPride Guide 2009/10 P a g e | 15 operates a helpline and provides a counselling service for men and women survivors of sexual abuse, past and present. Their volunteers are trained to deal with the many issues surrounding sexual abuse – rape, childhood abuse and domestic violence. Everyone who contacts them for support will be treated with every dignity and respect.

Ten 01603 219299 ten@btconnect.com www.hivnorfolk.com Community-based HIV prevention & sexual health promotion services, for gay men, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. Confidential services, according to locally assessed needs, include free condoms & lubricant, magazines, newsletters, information and resources on all aspects of HIV and sexual health. Free condom ordering service via the post or internet, outreach work, peer support groups (TimeOut) and liaison with and referral to other services.

Time To Talk 01603 219299 taketimeout@hotmail.com Time To Talk is a confidential helpline for men who are gay, bisexual or questioning their sexuality. Open Tuesdays 6pm-8pm with instant email response between these hours.


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Women on Women Confidential support - info@womenonwomen.co.uk Join the mailing list - wownorwich@hotmail.com www.womenonwomen.co.uk Women on Women (WoW) is a social "drop-in" voluntarily run by local women on Saturdays (1.30-3.30pm) for befriending and support. WoW provides a safe and welcoming space for women of all ages and backgrounds to meet. A registered charity 1056719, WoW also continues to offer the same support to women as was offered by Lesbian Line-via email contact.

BLAH 01603 624924 info@blahyouth.co.uk www.blahyouth.co.uk BLAH is part of The Norfolk Area LGB Project working together since 2007 to provide social & peer support groups for young gay, lesbian, bisexual people or those questioning their sexuality from 14-25yrs old. The main purpose of their work is to provide a safe venue, away from the scene where young LGB people can have the opportunity to talk about issues affecting them, to offer an opportunity for them to access condoms, sexual health/HIV information and also the chance to meet other LGB young people. They achieve this by providing weekly youth groups.


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The Transgender Zone www.transgenderzone.com The Transgender Zone supports those who feel they are confused about their gender, those who are looking for support for someone who is transgendered, and health and social care professionals who want to learn more about the subject. They work to educate those who are living with gender dysphoria and increase awareness about this and other gender identity issues. Their website contains a wealth of information and links.

The Gender Trust 0845 2310505 www.gendertrust.org.uk The Trust is a listening ear, a caring support and an information centre for anyone with any question or problem concerning their gender identity, or whose loved one is struggling with gender identity issues. The Trust is also recognised as an authoritative centre for professional people who encounter gender identity related issues in the course of their work. In particular this group includes employers, human resource officers, health workers and information services.


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EAST – Eastern AIDS Support Triangle 01603 667700 info@aids-east.org.uk www.aids-east.org.uk EAST is an Independent voluntary agency with charitable status, set up in 1991 by a small group committed to easing the problems experienced by people who are HIV positive. They support people who are HIV positive and living with AIDS including families, partners, friends, carers and anyone who has concerns about HIV/AIDS.

Grove Clinic 01603 286307 http://www.nnuh.nhs.uk/Clinic.asp?ID=22 Located at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, across the field from UEA, the Grove Clinic is for Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM). They can offer you a full sexual health test against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), provide you with information about STIs, how to have safer sex, and free condoms. They offer drop in sessions and appointment sessions. Visit the website for opening hours and a detailed map for its location within the hospital.


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Reporting Hate Crime Norfolk Police: 0845 456 4567 UEA Security: 01603 592352 http://www.norfolk.police.uk/reportIT.cfm Whilst reports of homophobic/biphobic/transphobic hate crime are very low at UEA and Norwich, it is important you know how to report it. Should this ever happen to you and you are not at immediate risk, you must contact Norfolk Police on their non-emergency telephone number 0845 456 4567. If you are feeling weary about coming forward, you may ask to speak to the local Gay Liaison Officer who’ll have received specific training in issues affecting the LGBT community, or alternatively you may also report it online at www.norfolk.police.uk/reportIT.cfm. Should you be injured, fear for your safety, or are in immediate danger, you must dial 999. Norfolk Police have produced an excellent guide to Homophobic Incidents, providing in-depth information about what happens when you report a hate crime and how they deal with the reports. You may view it online at the following address: http://www.norfolk.police.uk/artPDF/Homophobic%20Incidents.pdf No matter how insignificant you think the case may be, you should always report hate crime. Each case is taken very seriously by the police and will not be ignored. If the hate crime takes place on campus, please also contact the Security Lodge on 01603 592352.


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Events Hey folks, I’m your events-coordinator for this year. Fancy title, right? Sounds like a lot of things going on. Well, in fact the whole committee will be trying to put on a large and diverse line-up of events. That does not only mean going out every Thursday or Saturday to The Castle, Norwich’s gay club and getting smashed. Rather it does mean trying to put together a palette of things ranging from BBQ in the sun outside the terraces to having our own club nights on and off campus, pub crawls to gay and straight pubs/clubs, film-nights, game-nights, and even trips out of town. Asides from all that, we are also working on bringing UEAPride back into the Norwich LGBT scene. This is why we will be working together with NUCA and City College, and the Pride-Collective which organized Norwich’s and Norfolk’s first ever Pride this summer. We are likely going to have joined events and Norwich Pride’s party “Warhol Factory Rejects” is always worth checking out! As well, they organized nights out at the movies, at cinema city, with LGBT-themed films screened every once in a month. But who says there’s nothing else than Norwich? Of course there are other big cities in the UK with big LGBT scenes, like London, Brighton or Manchester. Week-end trips to such cities are always a good experience and a lot of fun! If you’d like to help or suggest an event, drop me a message at events@ueapride.co.uk René


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Reviews Here are a few reviews made by The Committee of the favourite “gay” places and gay-friendly places or nights out in Norwich.

Liberate! The Hive By Matthew Liberate! is UEAPride’s very own gay night held every month or so. It’s normally held in The Hive on campus, or sometimes we may venture out and book a venue in the city such as Indulge or Mustard Lounge. It has such a relaxed atmosphere so it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new people and chat! Bring all your friends along – straight, gay, bi, whatever, and dance the night away to camp classics and the latest tunes!

Shoosh Prince of Wales Road By Matthew Proven very successful last year, Shoosh was a club night we held last year for LGBT History month at the new bar on Prince of Wales Road, Shoosh. In contrast to Liberate!, Shoosh is based on the premise of no cheese, ranging from the latest chart hits to slightly more alternative music. Stay tuned to hear whether we’ll be holding more official events there, or feel free to check out Shoosh on your own – it’s a very modern bar with a minimalistic design situated near to Mercy.


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The Castle 1 Spitalfields By Becky The Castle is the nerve centre of Norwich’s gay scene. It’s the regular of most of your committee, and the only gay club around. There’s a pub/bar in the front, a beer garden, and ‘the barn’: the club, which is free and open til 4am on Saturdays. It attracts a younger crowd than the Catherine Wheel, and plays club music rather than cheese – though there is a Thursday karaoke night, if you just can’t get through the week without your fix of Queen! (No puns please.) Plus, they have great drinks deals on Thursdays and Fridays. Also, don’t be surprised when you go for a toilet break to find that they have gender-neutral toilets, an experience not found at any other pub or club in Norwich. The Castle is a definitely a place you should check out!

The Catherine Wheel 61 St. Augustines By Andrew The Catherine Wheel marks a stark contrast to the Castle. This traditional style pub has the charm of a local, and very friendly, personable bar staff. There is an ancient water well in the main bar area, which is an excellent feature. There are Karaoke and Quiz nights every week. And the pub is famed for its occasional cabaret nights complete with drag acts. So if you fancy something a bit more low-key than a night at the castle, then the Catherine wheel is definitely recommended.


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The Birdcage 23 Pottergate By Fuchsia A lovely pub/café/bar with a really comfortable and cosy atmosphere. There are beautiful cakes, all your favourite board games and some really talented performers on their cabaret nights. It’s the kind of place you always dreamed of- if you romanticised the artistic style of living that is. If you did, then sitting there all evening with a couple of friends and a pint will be just for you. Ok, so it’s not the cheapest place to drink in Norwich, but if you want atmosphere you probably can’t beat it.

Take 5 (@Crypt) 20 Princes Street By Hayley This is a lovely bar tucked in a back street of Norwich in Tombland. I didn't even know of it until my second semester! This doesn't take away from its atmosphere though, which is incredibly friendly and welcoming. It is undoubtedly extremely very gay-friend having held one of the most popular fundraisers/set-up nights of Norwich Pride 'Trash' at its underground 'club' style venue. There is a great selection of food, standard drinks as well wine/cocktails. It is definitely one worth checking out.


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Workshop 53 53 Earlham Road By Andrew Situated on Earlham Road, which is part of ‘the golden triangle’, the stores is an awesome little café/bar with an arty, relaxed atmosphere. It serves a range of drinks, from a vast range of teas and coffees, to alcoholic beverages. The food is incredible, particularly the pizza (which is cooked to order). The venue is also host to comedy nights, live music, story and poetry readings, and regular free film screenings in the basement. So if you fancy an evening away from campus, and the more hectic venues in the city, ‘The Workshop’ is perfect.

Mischief Pub 8 Fye Bridge Street By René My favourite place in Norwich is the Mischief Pub on Fye Bridge street. It is the best place to kick off a decent Monday night out. It is a lovely pub with some good atmosphere, even better music and unbeatable drink deals on Mondays. Thanks to my housemate who worked there I am a regular guest at this place and still don’t get sick of the music, the location or the crowd.


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Playhouse Bar 42-58 St Georges Street By Bernadette The Playhouse is the more "artsy" of the two theatres in Norwich, and its bar is a fun, cosy place to spend an evening or have a quiet drink during the day, whether you're watching a show at the theatre or not.. The Playhouse is known for its original and varied programming, and the Bar is in keeping with the theatre's style - brightly-coloured walls, comfy furniture and crazy decor (think spray-painted plastic animals dangling from the ceiling...). They usually exhibit local artists, and the students from the nearby art school tend to hang out here. With a great selection of teas, alcoholic beverages (both hot and cold) and snacks at student-friendly prices, the Playhouse Bar is a quirky, affordable and definitely queer-friendly place to be. Its best feature, however, has got to be the terrace - situated by the riverside and lit with strings of fairy lights, it’s an ideal place to meet friends in the summer and chat away through the night...


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Norwich Pride www.norwichpride.org.uk Saturday 25th July 2009 saw Norwich’s first ever Gay Pride day with crowds into the thousands turning up and showing their support! Pre-pride events ran all throughout July building up to the big day, gaining more and more interest, ranging from comedy nights to tea parties and even a dog walk the day after the main event! The big day saw loads of stalls at the Forum from local businesses and organisations, including yours truly and Liz Biscoe, Campaign Convenor. At 2 o’clock, everyone gathered at Chapelfield Gardens for the big parade, launched by Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Evelyn Collishaw, and led by Norwich Samba Band through the streets of Norwich catching quite a few people by surprise – the sight of marching rainbows through Norwich is not something one would normally expect! Everyone was in great spirits and there was no trouble from Christian Protestors – in fact some people in the parade even got pictures taken with them! It was fantastic also to see family involvement, showing their support and inclusion of the LGBT community. Norwich Pride is set to rock the streets of Norwich again on 31st July 2010 and is run by a collective of volunteers.


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Acknowledgements I would just like to say huge thank you’s to: -

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Paul Reed for his picture taken at Norwich Pride for allowing us to use it as our front cover Ollie Matthews for setting up our new website www.ueapride.co.uk extremely quickly! Ollie Matthews again for actually putting up with me bugging him for tech help or opinions on designs René Kaiser for constantly bugging ents to ensure we got an Icebreaker Liberate this year in time for Freshers and getting it advertised on the ents wallplanner! René again for thinking up so many diverse events and preplanning everything way in advance that we might possibly even have too much! My Committee for being as enthusiastic as you all are and all contributing your fair share to what you can Everyone that has supported me so far this year and all last year as Secretary! All your kind words have really meant a lot to me!

This year is already looking to be a great year with a great diversity of events so there should be something to suit everyone! Stay tuned to updates from secretary@ueapride.co.uk for more information on events as details are confirmed. If you’re not on the mailing list or unsure, just send a quick email to secretary@ueapride.co.uk and we’ll add you! All emails are sent confidentially using the BCC option so no one on the mailing list can see your email, or you theirs. Thanks, Matthew.


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Matthew Mayhew President, UEAPride Union of UEA Students University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ Secretary@ueapride.co.uk www.ueapride.co.uk


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