Pride Inside


In collaboration with the LGBTQ+ Society, this LGBTQ+ History Month we are bringing you our Pride Inside campaign.

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This campaign aims to celebrate all LGBTQ+ students even whilst being stuck inside. Pride is a time of celebration and love in our community, which is needed now more than ever and often not celebrated here at NUSU, so this year we are bringing pride to you. The celebration and uplifting of LGBTQ+ students is a campaign priority, so we have created fun, engaging events alongside media lists full of amazing LGBTQ+ stories and representation. We also want this campaign to be a hub for the often dismissed and diverse history of our community, with information about key events and people, noted below. Pride Inside will include events open to all, engaging discussions and panels, volunteering opportunities and a pub quiz ran by the LGBTQ+ Society!

During the month, we will be raising awareness of the support and services available to LGBTQ+ students both within the university and SU and externally, to ensure LGBTQ+ students are able to find help and support when needed. We hope you find the information on this page useful and enjoy this campaign.

Ben Campbell
LGBT+ Officer 2020-21

Rabeeyah Cheema
LGBTQ+ Society President



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‘Pride’ is an annual celebration of the LGBT community. It originates from the 1969 Stonewall Riots, in which members of the LGBT community fought back against the police brutality they suffered daily.

The Stonewall Inn was situated on Christopher Street in New York and was one of the few spaces where LGBT people could exist freely. It was regularly raided by the police, who would then attack and arrest the participants of the club. The charges on these arrests could include dancing too closely with a person of the same sex, or not wearing a minimum of 3 pieces of clothes that were gender appropriate This sort of discrimination was commonplace for our community. However, on the night of June 28th, those at the Stonewall Inn had had enough and fought back against the police.


Key Players in the Stonewall Riots

There is debate on how the riots were sparked, however something that historians can agree on is the significant impact that BAME LGBT people and Trans Women had on the night. Some key players included; 

  • Stormé DeLarverie - Stormé DeLarverie was a butch lesbian who is thought to have been hit by the police the night of the Stonewall Riots and sparked the crowd to fight back. She was a performer and gay civil rights activist and was known as the “guardian of lesbians” in Greenwich Village. 

  • Marsha P. Johnson - Marsha P. Johnson was labeled as the person who ‘threw the first brick at Stonewall’. Though she herself denied this, stating she threw a shot glass and not even the first one - there is no denying that she had a huge impact on the night and on the LGBT community in general through her work helping the trans community in Christopher Street. 

  • Miss Major Griffin-Gracey - Another Black Trans Woman involved in the night, Miss Major Griffin-Gracey was a leader in the riots and went on to be the executive director of the TGI Justice Project. 

  • Sylvia Rivera - was also a key player in the riots who later went on to establish STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) an organisation providing housing and support to homeless LGBT+ Youth. 

BIPOC LGBT people were monumental in the riots that began the modern LGBT rights movement, and have been heavily involved with many advances within the movement since the Stonewall Riots. It is important to remember the intersectionals of our community and involve ourselves in movements and organisations that help BIPOC also. 

The Aftermath of the Stonewall Riots 

The aftermath of the riot involved a surge of new gay right movements. The Gay Liberation Front was born, with a flyer announcing the occasion: "Do you think homosexuals are revolting? You bet your sweet ass we are." On June 28th 1970, the following year, a few hundred gay men and lesbians marched from Christopher Street up Sixth Ave and to Central Park bearing handmade banners with slogans like "Gay Pride" and "Gay is Good." It's the first gay pride march in New York—known back then as the Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day. In London, the first Pride Parade took place in 1972. We now celebrate Pride annually as a way of both commemorating the generations before us and as a way to take pride in ourselves now. This is why it is important to us that we continue to celebrate Pride even now during lockdown. 

The original LGBTQ+ flag was designed by an artist called Gilbert Baker in 1978 who was also an openly gay man and drag queen. Gilbert was inspired by Harvey Milk, a prominent LGBTQ+ politician, to create a symbol of pride for the community. He saw the rainbow as a natural flag and so adopted 8 colours with their own individual meanings. 

After the assassination of Harvey Milk in late 1978, demand for the flag rose greatly. Due to fabric being unavailable, the flag was sold as a 7 striped flag without the hot pink stripe. The number of stripes was reduced again in 1979 when the organisers of the 1979 San Francisco Parade decided to split the flag in two so they can have them on each side of the street. This created the 6 stripe flag most commonly used today. 

Many new flags have been created since, to promote inclusivity and as a sign of progress. Some of the most commonly seen flags today are the Philadelphia pride flag and the Progress flag designed by Daniel Quasar. 

Meanings of the Colours

The Philadelphia Flag

Progress Flag

A large part of recent LGBT History is the ongoing AIDS crisis which is very topical right now considering the current pandemic. There are many similarities and significant differences between the reactions to HIV and Covid-19 and the ongoing impact today. The LGBTQ+ Society made a few graphics for World AIDS Day 2020 that summarises these comparisons. 

There can be many complex discussions around the reaction to the AIDS crisis and the Covid -19 pandemic. It is important to remember during the LGBT history month that this is not the first epidemic that has impacted the LGBT community. To find out more about the AIDS crisis, we recommend watching HBO’s award-winning film, ‘The Normal Heart’, based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name. 

The LGBT community have always managed to celebrate their culture and be proud of themselves throughout history. One large part of LGBT culture that is still strong today is the Ballroom Culture scene.

Ballroom culture has been a part of LGBT culture for years, with ball shows and events originating in Harlem dating back to the 19th Century. LGBT people from far and wide would come together in competitions that would showcase fashion, dance and music and gender fluidity through drag. The shows were underground as there were still laws put in place that restricted and criminalised gender non-conforming people - however they provided a safehaven for the LGB and (more prominently) the Trans community. Shows would include themes and participants would wear extravagant outfits to walk the runway and be judged.


Ballroom culture had a significant impact on present day society, through shows such as RuPaul’s Drag Race and Pose, or dancing like the famous ‘Vogueing’ style. This dance style even introduced many present day common phrases - through the wild movements of vogueing, participants would ‘read’ each other and the winner would be decided based on who ‘threw the best shade’. It should be remembered that ballroom culture originated specifically from the Black and Latinx American LGBT community. Many parts of the culture we have as LGBT people come from BIPOC LGBT individuals and it is important to note that whilst interacting with the larger community.

If you want to find out more about the ballroom scene, we suggest the documentary ‘Paris is Burning’ and the show ‘Pose’ written by the amazing Janet Mock.

LGBT+ Officer 

Ben Campbell. Elected liberation officer representing and supporting LGBTQ+ students on campus 


LGBTQ+ Society 

Student-led society that host fun and important events for all students who identify as LGBTQ+ 


Marginalised Genders Officer  

Jennifer Mills. Elected liberation officer representing and supporting students from all marginalised gender groups (women, transgender, and non-binary students) 


Welfare and Equality Officer     

Nadia Ahmed. Elected Sabbatical officer in charge of supporting and advocating for the welfare of all students at Newcastle University. 


Gay Guide to Newcastle 

A guide created by your LGBT+ Officer that outlines local and national LGBTQ+ support groups and organisations, sexual health services in Newcastle, various societies, and gay bars! 


Trans Fund 

Funding is still available for those who identify as trans, non-binary or gender questioning for gender affirming clothing and other costs. You can claim up to £50 and more information on how to apply and what you can apply for can be found here: 

Report & Support                      

There is zero tolerance for transphobia and homophobia on campus. If you have been subject to either of these, you can report it either via the university or the students union and access the support that is available to you. 

University Report and Support: 

Students Union Report and Support:    

Albert Kennedy Trust 

Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) is an organisation that focuses on support LGBTQ+ youth who are facing or experiencing homelessness in the UK. 

They have recently relaunched their Live Chat feature which is open to any 18–25-year-old who is in need of support. The service runs Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and is available on their site. 


Mermaids UK 

Mermaids UK is one of the UK’s leading trans-specific charities, focusing on helping trans and gender diverse children and young people. They offer support and resources for trans and gender diverse young people and their families. 


Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline 

Switchboard is a LGBTQ+ specific helpline that operates every day from 10am-10pm and provides support to LGBTQ+ people. They also have other important resources on their website. 


Helpline: 0300 330 0630 


MindOUT is a LGBTQ+ specific mental health service that advocates for and supports LGBTQ+ people suffering from mental health problems around the country. You can find more information alongside other resources on their webpage 



LGBTQ+ Learning Experience Survey

You are invited to take part in this survey to find out what is the teaching and learning experience of our LGBTQ students at Newcastle University. We believe that the experiences, challenges and issues faced by LGBTQ students within Higher Education are unique and often times overlooked by the University, which can then have a detrimental effect on our academic performance.

Complete Survey


LGBTQ+ Book Recommendations

Here we have handpicked a series of books that we loved and had good LGBTQ+ representation and themes. We hope you love them as much as we do!

Oranges are not the only fruit
Jeanette Winterson

The Colour Purple
Alice Walker

Andrew Sean Greer

The Bees (Poem Anthology)
Carol Ann Duffy

Sarah Walters

Tipping the Velvet
Sarah Walters

Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo

More Than This
Patrick Ness

A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet
Becky Chambers

Aristotle and Dante
Benjamin Alire Saenz

Finding Home (Graphic Novel)
Hari Connor

Alice Oseman


LGBTQ+ Series Recommendations

These are shows we love that have significant LGBTQ+ themes or major LGBTQ+ characters that are done justice. Hope you enjoy!

Sex Education

She-Ra & the Princess of Power




Dear White People

Schitt's Creek

Orange is the New Black

Tales of the City

One Day at a Time



LGBTQ+ Film Recommendations

These are some amazing films that cover a wide range of topics.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman

God's Own Country

The Normal Heart


Paris is Burning

The Half of It


Love, Simon