Pride Profile: BL LGBT+ Rep, Zoe Binse

What does Pride mean to you?

Pride, to me, is a time when we get to celebrate our community and our differences. It’s a time every year to reflect on progress made by the LGBT+ community but also to remind ourselves of how far we still have to go. On a more personal level, Pride is an incredible time in which the LGBT+ community is more visible, which has been so important to me in discovering and accepting myself. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun and an excuse to immerse yourself in queer art, culture and just to get together with friends.

What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?

My main focus in the coming year is to increase awareness of wellbeing support services for LGBTQ students, as we can face unique struggles at university. In addition, I’d like to make our university as diverse and inclusive as possible and to create spaces that represent that. Through making our Pride Week and LGBT+ History month as intersectional as possible, I’m hoping all students will feel represented and valued.

Why did you decide to run?

The LGBT+ community at BL has been a massive part of my university experience this past year and has really helped me to become a confident person. I’ve seen our little community of BL LGBT+ Society grow so much, and I just wanted to give back all that the LGBT+ community at Barts has given me. There’s so much room to improve and grow our university and I’m excited to try and make BL a better place to be LGBT+!

How will you be spending Pride this year?

With my closest friends, being unapologetically ourselves.

How do you feel about the LGBT+ community here at QM/BL?

It’s such a friendly and fun community to be a part of. They’ve been an amazing source of support and friendship and I’m so thankful to be a part of it all. So thanks for the great memories and hopefully here’s to more to come!

What would be your advice to any LGBT+ students starting QMUL/BL this September?

Get involved with the LGBT+ Societies at either BL, QM or both! Even if it’s just coming to a few events here and there, you’re guaranteed to meet an accepting and friendly group of people.