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“When I started at University three years ago I became involved in my LGBT society to look for friends whilst at University. Although there were social events, there were no political aspects of the society and that’s when I started the LGBT society as co-president. It was later that year that I attended a Donation Not Discrimination campaign and attended the SABTO meeting with NUS LGBT and discovered the value and strength in numbers and solidarity. From that point on, I knew I wanted to do this for a long, long time.” – Sky Yarlett MY EXPERIENCE: 08/09 - President of University of Westminster’s LGBT society 09-11 - Co-Chair of University of Westminster’s LGBT society 09-11 - Chair of London LGBT Student Network 09-11 - NUS LGBT Committee (Open place) 2010 – National Demo in London 2010 – Reclaim The Night march in London 10/11 - LGBTQ Officer of University of Westminster’s Students’ Union 2011 – Fem’11 in London 2011 – TUC march and National Demo in London ORGANISeD LONDON LGBT NeTWORk’S LARGeST FReSheRS FAyRe!

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“Sky is a fantastic NUS LGBT Committee member, and one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. her support and enthusiasm encourages students from across the country to get involved with the campaign. even from the far away corner of Aberdeen I always know Sky is only a phone call away” – Josefine Bjorkvist, aberdeen university Sa

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21st Century

Transparent campaign
21st Century technology has impacted heavily on student activism in the past decade or so. We have seen thousands upon thousands of students engage with social media and technology that have mobilised us across the country. To keep up this level of engagement, communication and activism.

I will:
• Set up an online forum for students and activists to regularly communicate and update each other on current issues, events and strategies in their local area and unions. • Make the LGBT Officer more accountable and transparent by allowing you to see exactly where I am through “checking in”, “pindropping” or “foursquareing” my journeys and activities. • Arrange for a training day for the LGBT Committee on using social media so they are well equipped to then train your societies on the best ways of communicating with your members.

Pride without borders
It is essential that we, as a community, look to back on our history to recognise how far we have come, and how far we still need to go for true liberation. This year we will be marching in solidarity with World Pride 2012 in London, remembering that whilst we can legally march in our towns and cities, many LGBT people in other countries cannot.

In the last year, we’ve seen a huge attack on Trans people, from funding cuts to Gender Identity Clinics, to forced sterilisation in Sweden, to the recent changes in higher education Statistics Agency (heSA).

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I will:
• Continue the pledge to set up new prides in towns and cities across the country by supporting and mobilising thousands of students from up and down the Uk to politically march in solidarity World Pride 2012 in London. • Promote World Pride 2012 as an awareness raising event and will seek to raise money for international LGBT groups around the globe.

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• ensure that Trans students across the country have access and an opportunity to be involved in the heSA consultation to advise them on the fundamental flaws with this potential new way of collecting their data on he students. • Launch a national awareness raising campaign: “My Identity is Not for Sale” that specifically focuses on the reality of Trans people’s and the issues that they face in the media and on your campuses.

Sky has been a breath of fresh air and an asset to our committee. her dedication and passion for this campaign is at the forefront of her thinking. I have full confidence in her ability to take this campaign where it needs to go by learning from our past and making strides into our future. – alan Bailey, NuS lgBt officer (open place)

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I met you last year at NUS Uk LGBT conference and we worked together this year at Uk Black Pride event on the Love Music hate homophobia stall. Sky yarlett is definitely my #1 choice for NUS LGBT Officer (Open place)! Zahid Raja, NuS wales NEC member - Black Students’ officer.

Training Activists
The Activist Training Days have been a huge success for LGBT and non-LGBT students to learn about the campaign, gain new skills and resources of running effective and successful campaigns and societies. Whilst this is a valuable event for those fresh and newly elected LGBT students, we need to ensure that second, third and even fourth year activists are still getting as much out of the campaign as possible.

I will:
• Launch a training course of ATDs across the country, ranging from introductory level to advanced, allowing students to attend an ATD that reflects their knowledge of the campaign and allows them to be challenged further – ensuring that our campaign is constantly active and progressive.

Marriage Equality
This public consultation has been and gone in Scotland and at least half of the respondents are in favour of equal marriage. In March we will see it come to england. This is a crucial time for us to unite together and mobilise support for the equal rights of LGBT people in the Uk and win!

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DISCRIMInATIOn

NUS LGBT, along with other LGBT organisations, has been fighting for the past 5 years to lift the ban for life on gay and bisexual men giving blood. Whilst our voices have been heard and the ban is now reduced to a year, this still inherently homophobic and we need to keep fighting.

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I will:
• ensure NUS LGBT stands at the front of this campaign, learning from our NUS Scotland counter-parts and working with the Society and Citizenship campaign to mobilise students’ votes • emphasise the impact this campaign will have on Trans people’s equality by reinforcing the issues around gender identity and current marriage/civil partnership laws.

I will:
• Continue this campaign by ensuring that LGBT societies are still updated with recent changes to the situation and they are equipped with the knowledge and resources to keep their demonstrations active and informative when the National Blood Service come onto campuses

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Vicki Baars ........................... (NUS LGBT Officer - Women’s place) Alan Bailey ............................ (NUS LGBT Officer - Open Place) Jess Bayliss ........................................... (Sussex Students Union) Josefine Björkqvist ............................ (University of Aberdeen) Jess Bradley .................................... (University of Manchester) Makinder Chahal ........................ (Co-President at keele LGBT) Gareth Denny .................................. (University of Plymouth) Beth evans ......................................... (NUS LGBT Committee) Chris Foody ................................ (University of Westminster) Louise Goux-Wirth ................... (University West of england) hel Gurney .............................. (NUS Women’s Committee) James holdcroft .................... (Queen Margaret University) Izzy John ...................................... (NUS LGBT Committeee) katie kates .................................. (University of Warwick) hannah keenleyside ............ (University College London) emma kerry ............................... (NUS LGBT Committee) hanif Leylabi ............................. (NUS LGBT Committee) kelly McBride ........................... (NUS LGBT Committee) Jo(e) Mckillop ...........................(West Thames College) Liat Norris ................................ (University of Stafford) Ruth Pearce .......................... (University of Warwick) David Pleavin ....................... (University of Brighton) Zahid Raja...................................... (NUS Wales NeC) elliot Reed ............... (LGBT Officer Nottingham Uni) Maryam Saghir .. (NUS Black Students’ Committee)

“I have yet to meet someone who is as passionate and incredibly well versed in the diversity and campaigning of sexual orientation and gender rights as Sky. She is such an inspiration. It certainly was an honour meeting her at Uk Black Pride. Without a shadow of doubt in my mind I believe Sky is the perfect candidate for NUS LGBT Officer (Open Place)” - Maryam Saghir (NuS Black Students Committee)

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