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Ziv is running for LGBTQ+ PTO; Ziv is an English Language and Creative Writing student who has had an active role in the LGBTQ+ and Students with Disabilities (SWD) liberation forums. Xeir other experience includes being Queer+ Officer in the LGBTQ+ Forum; Accessibility Officer in the Students with Disabilities Forum and involvement in The Proud Trust, a Manchester-based LGBTQ+ youth group
One of the priorities for Ziv’s campaign and
To increase the invisibility of the LGBTQ+ Forum, Ziv plans to engage in campaigns on campus, one named ‘LGBTQ+ and?’ which focuses on the idea that people who belong to the LGBTQ+ community can be more than just their label – “I don’t want people to just be reduced to their LGBTQ+ identities.”
When asked about the role Student Union currently play in the work for LGBTQ+ groups, Ziv stated that although they work a lot to make LGBTQ+ issues more widespread across campus, there is more to be done to educate people on the various terminologies and genders that apply to those in the LGBTQ+ communities. To remedy this xe believes whoever is PTO next year needs to work closely alongside FTOs, other PTOs and the Student’s Union as a whole to ensure they are doing as much as they can to spread information about the LGBTQ+ community. One of these plans includes working with the International Officer to educate international students on the rife LGBTQ+ culture in Britain compared to abroad; in order to provide this there is a suggestion for sessions to run to benefit both the international students coming to Lancaster, but benefit the LGBTQ+ students as awareness will be raised for their community, hopefully encouraging a safer and friendlier environment.
Ziv describes that as LGBTQ+ PTO, xeir main method of communication regarding campaigning with fall on social media. This will allow the communication of information of smaller minority groups others may be unaware of whilst also raising their representation in a campus setting.