Ceri Dunstan, the policy and campaigns officer for Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru, has contacted us to ask for help with a survey to research what people want from sexual health services in Wales – how and where they would like services provided, what barriers they might have faced in accessing services, good or bad experiences and so on.
It’s open to people of all ages, whether or not they have recently accessed sexual health services and THT are keen to get as broad a range of responses as possible, especially LGBT+ people and people from BAME groups.
The survey is available in Welsh and English.

English: https://survey.tht.org.uk/wh/s.asp?k=151387497087

Welsh: https://survey.tht.org.uk/wh/s.asp?k=151387495697

January 8th, 2018

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Well, 2017 was a busy year for us here in Swansea University. Not only did we engage in a number of events, including a seminar for LGBT History Month, and hosting and organising the 2nd Annual LGBT+ Inclusivity in HE Conference, we also implemented some plans to formalise our network structure, forming a new committee. The roles are currently being advertised, as follows:

 

  • Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Secretary
  • External Outreach Officer
  • Events Officer (2 positions)
  • General Officer

 

This is a valuable opportunity to get involved in a leadership / cross-faculty role, which is essential for career development for both academics and Professional Services staff. The Network will be a friendly and encouraging group in which to develop these skills.

 

Roles are assigned for two years in the first instance. Committee members will be required to work proactively, deliver actions by agreed deadlines, and to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect.  The network will meet on a regular basis (approx. every 2 months) and members are required to attend meetings and events wherever possible, contribute to discussions, and undertake a fair allocation of work. We expect members to be able to commit 2-3 hours every week to the role.

 

If you are interested in applying for a role, please email Cath Elms C.L.Elms@swansea.ac.uk  with the following information (up to 500 words per question):

 

  • Your name
  • Role applied for
  • How will you be able to add value to the Network in this role?
  • What skills do you have that are relevant to the role?
  • What is your ability to commit time and energy to the role?
  • Any other comments to support your application.

 

The deadline for applications is Friday 12th January 2018.

 

If you have any queries about the roles, please get in touch. If you would like to apply for a role but have concerns about not receiving support from your line manager to attend meetings, etc, please get in touch as we may be able to assist with this.

 

January 4th, 2018

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One of the themes of this year’s Bi Visibility day is the Big Tweet – encouraging us all to use social media to tweet about bisexuality. The aim, I gather, is to increase visibility – which means increasing awareness. Raising the issue of bisexuality is an important one as many people identify as being attracted to more than one gender. Bisexuality is a term which can be used to self-identify as being sexually or romantically attracted to more than one gender but it encompasses a wide range of identities.
This is often an issue for people who seek out absolute black and white definitions of sexual and gender identity. There appears to be a lack of understanding of bisexuality as an identity and often people make assumptions about this term. Like many other LGBT+ identities and identifiers, it is often associated with socially criticised concepts of promiscuity and lack of commitment. This is not the case. Bisexuality as an identity refers to how an individual expresses themselves and it is inherent upon us to remember that how other people are attracted to each other, how they define and engage in consensual relationships, and how they live their lives is none of our business.
Why is Bi Visibility day important then? Mainly because it starts the conversation, enables the dialogue, supports people who identify in this way to discuss their identity if they so wish. It promotes equality, by giving a space and time to focus on bisexuality. It might serve to empower some people to share their identities with families, friends or colleagues. And it acts as a point of activism, for individuals and for organisations, a locus for expressing the intent to be inclusive and to celebrate diversity.
It is a great thing to see that the Bisexual Pride Flag is flying from the Abbey flagpole today on the Park Campus of Swansea University. This is a significant step forward in making our University’s commitment to equality and inclusivity as public as it possibly can. A recent report has highlighted that levels of LGBT+ hate crime are higher than ever in the UK, and that our society still has much work to do to erase prejudice, hate and misunderstanding. Bi Visibility day is a way for all of us, however we identify, to stand up and be counted and support the rights of all to have their identities respected and valued.
Happy Bi Visibility Day!
http://www.bivisibilityday.com/

January 4th, 2018

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