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Iarrthóir do phost Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer | Oifigeach um Chearta Inscne agus LADT+

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Lottie Wilkins



A little bit about me!

  • I’m 22 and in my final year of children’s studies.

  • I’m non-binary and omnisexual.

  • I’ve been a part of the LGBT+ community since I was 15.

  • I’ve actively been a part of the student political movement since my first year when I became a class rep, something I have continued to do every year.

  • During secondary school I was also part of Comhairle Na NOg, a youth council which strives to give young people a voice on a variety of topics such as mental health, the lgbt+ community and rural living.

What I hope to achieve!

There is so much I want to do but my main goal is to make the university of galway a safe and inclusive space for all within the spectrum of lgbt+. Here are a few ways I would hope to do this!

  • Provide a class on correct gender terminology and ways to be inclusive in lecture settings to both staff and students, this would include explanations around the difference in gender identity and gender expression, how to respectfully ask for pronouns and then how to use them and information on how to incorporate non-gendered language into the classroom setting.


  • Working with the welfare officer to educate around safe sex within the lgbt+ community and the importance of getting regular sti checks, this would include the promotion of dental dams within the university as well as condoms.


  •  Working with the full time and part time Irish officer to continue to integrate the Irish and lgbt+ community on campus.


  • Working to create a more supportive and inclusive space within university sports clubs, alongside the club captain and societies chairperson.


  • Create a pamphlet of lgbt+ support lines, helpful websites and terminology to distribute amongst the student population to help with lgbt+ issues such as being misgendered, coming out and safe sex.


There are already some fantastic events held by Brod soc, but I hope to expand and create new events which could reach a wider variety of the fantastic LGBT+ community we have on campus.

  • Drag nights in sult: A night in which we encourage everyone to explore gender stereotypes, gender roles and gender expression and ask them to go against the norms in a safe and non-judgmental way. Allowing students to experiment with their gender identity.


  • Events which specifically target the intersection of lgbt+ students who also fall into the category of mature students and students with disability, highlighting the need for events to include all members of the lgbt+ community!


  • Work with the sustainability officer to create a sustainable fashion and makeup workshop.

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