LGBT+ OFFICER
TOBIAS LAWRENCE

 

 

WHAT DO YOU STUDY?

Environmental Science (BSc Hons)

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE?

The LGBT+ Liberation Officer represents the needs of the LGBT+ community established on campus. LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender identities. The ‘+’ increases inclusion of many others (including: Queer, Ace, Intersex, Pansexual etc.) My role is essential in improving university experiences for students who identify outside ‘cis-het’ societal standards. I will keep the Students Union and University accountable and increase awareness of LGBT+ issues by running campaigns.

ABOUT ME

I am an Environmental Science student with a keen interest in improving ecosystems. I’ve been an active member of the LGBT+ society since starting University, and previously given talks on toxic masculinity and domestic violence. I ran for this position to not only give back to the community but to also help Newcastle University and the Students Union become a friendlier and more open place for LGBT+ students.

 

I am passionate about increasing employability potential for LGBT+ students. Building confidence of students within community to embrace their differences and unique experiences.

  • I aim to create a ‘Diversity in the Workplace’ event, where a variety of speakers and potential employers can discuss why diversity in their industries is essential.
  • I would like to write blogs highlighting inspirational LGBT+ employment ambassadors. These are people that have made major impacts to academic research, scientific breakthroughs, or significant changes within their chosen field.

LGBT+ issues can impact wider society. Therefore, I would like to increase engagement by continuing the successes of Trans Awareness and LGBT+ Awareness weeks. I am a member of Youth Stop Aids. I would like to host a campaign exploring lost voices of the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis, changes that have since been made, and the steps required to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals to eradiate HIV/AIDs by 2030.