The city of Newcastle has a vibrant LGBT+ community, both as a night out scene, and at Newcastle and Northumbria University. However, it can be tricky to make your way into these circles if you don’t know how to get started, so here’s a quick run-down of all the events you can get involved in at Newcastle’s LGBT+ Society! Check our NUSU page HERE for current events, although we mainly use Facebook.
- Nights out
- Weekly coffee meet-ups
- LGBT+ Book Club
- Regular Film Screenings
- A trip to Amsterdam!
- Trans & Non-Binary / Bisexual and Multi-Orientation / Men’s / Women’s / BAME meet-up’s
- Dungeons and Dragons / Board Games nights
- Space Golf / Cat Cafe trips / Cocktail-Making classes
- Pub quizzes
- Annual LGBT+ Conference
- LGBT+ History sessions
- Theatre trips
If you want to get involved, we’re always at Coffee Trader on a Sunday from 12-3, you’re also welcome to message the Facebook page or the email to organise coming along. Coming to LGBT+ Society events is a great way to meet other LGBT+ people from all degrees and stages in University. If you pay for a £5 membership, you’ll get access to our secret Facebook group (perfect for closeted people), and you’ll get a weekly email with a run down of our upcoming events. We’re always at Freshers fair, and will make posts on our Facebook page about where to find us!
Society Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook page: Facebook.com/NewcastleLGBT
We’re also on twitter at @ncllgbt and Instagram as ncllgbt
There’s also some handy information on the Trans Awareness Week page including how to change your name on the Uni database, support you can get from Student Wellbeing, and relevant Trans charities.
LGBT+ Awareness Week 2019
Check out our NUSU page HERE to see what events we have coming up!
For LGBT+ Awareness Week 2019, we made a series of videos covering a bunch of different topics, including: how to be a good ally, easy ways to make your language more gender neutral, the Stonewall riots, 5 things not to say to bisexuals, and a few more! The website will update at the end of the week when we’ve added them all to Facebook, so stay tuned.
The link between the society and the Students’ Union comes in the form of an LGBT+ Officer. For the year 2018-2019, this person is Lauren Sykes, at the email email@example.com. We also have a Marginalised Genders Officer, Charlotte Boulton, who co-organised Students’ Union events such as Trans Awareness Week. She is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the society, several members of our committee are closeted, so this list will just be the Organisational Committee. You’re welcome to find any of us on Facebook, but it’s easier to speak to us through the Facebook page. In addition to the Organisational committee, we also have 11 representatives dedicated to running events and listening to member concerns; Men’s Rep, Women’s Rep, Bisexual and Multi-Orientation Rep, Transgender Rep, Non-Binary Rep, Asexual Rep, Polyamory and Ethical Monogamy (PEN) Rep, Black Asian and Minority Ethnicities (BAME) Rep, Faith and Belief Rep, Disabilities Rep, and International Student Rep. If you’d like to speak to a specific rep for any reason, message our Facebook page or our email and we can redirect you!
- President - George Frost
- Secretary - Emily Bowering
- Treasurer - Ben Campbell
- Campaigns Manager - Lily Johnston
- Social Secretaries - Kieran Ferris-Bureau & Cameron Hartley
- Welfare Officer - Robbie Burton
If you message any of our committee, we can try and redirect you to somewhere specific that might be able to help you, but these are some good places to start if you need someone to talk to, or some advice. The Student Wellbeing services are also great if you need to chat face-to-face, and Mind The Gap (mental health awareness society) run regular Peer Support Groups for people to chat to one another and get stuff off their chest.
Samaritans - 116 123
This number is free to call and they’re open 24/7, including Christmas! You can chat to these guys about anything and it’s completely confidential.
LGBT+ Switchboard - 0300 330 0630
All volunteers are LGBT+, they’re trans/non binary friendly and they’re around 10am-10pm every day. They also have a chat box on their website if you prefer that!
CALM - 0800 58 58 58
Specific helpline for men who need somewhere to offload or seek help - this is open 5pm-midnight every day.
Mermaids - 0808 801 040
Support for trans/non binary individuals and their relatives, open 9am-9pm on weekdays. Free & doesn’t show up on your phone bill!
Drinkline - 0300 123 1110
If you’re worried about yours or someone else’s drinking whilst at university, Drinkline is a free helpline where you can ask questions and speak to someone privately. (Weekdays 8am-9pm, weekends 11am-4pm)