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1. WHAT EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS I BRING TO THE ROLE:
I have been a colossal flaming queen as long as I can remember. To paraphrase Stephen Fry (as everyone should): when I was born I looked up and thought “I’m never going in one of those again”. I’ve been involved in Hallam LGBT the past two years, including a short-lived stint as the appointed benevolent dictator of the group. Under my leadership, the group forged links with University of Sheffield LGBT which are still strong to this day. I also organized a rowdy protest against the gay blood ban. I am currently a member of the societies standing committee, so have experience of the inner workings of societies and representative groups. Unfortunately I have exactly zero skills, although I did once blag my way into a nightclub with just a donorcard for ID after I lost my driver’s license. If there’s a seedy gay night, club or bar in Sheffield where the average punter could qualify for a SAGA holiday, then I’ve probably been to it and/or been chucked out of it, and can advise new LGBT students in regards to getting through that trauma. Honestly, they’re not that bad after you’ve been once.
2. IN THIS ROLE I WILL ACHIEVE FOR STUDENTS
LGBT students are still poorly represented at Hallam Union. Unlike a lot of other student unions, there is no LGBT night of any kind at Hallam. I would work to change this. Also the interior design of the Union is soooo 2006. We need a highly trained team of queers to give it a fab.u.lous makeover. The cuts that the ConDems are making to public services will hit LGBT students more than others. LGBT people are statistically more likely to need help with mental health issues, or substance abuse. In my Union positions, I will fight cuts wherever I can and stop the minging Tories getting their way. I believe that the difference between liberation groups and societies is appalling, and I will fight for an equal status and proper funding for liberation groups (black, women, disabled, LGBT). My officership will be open and transparent. I will publish all the decisions I make, all the successes and failures to the public space using social networking websites. I will also try to get Dempseys to hold a student night, and actually play songs normal people like.
3. STUDENTS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE:
Sam’s your contender, vote for a bender!