As part of our 2020 Pride Profiles, we sat down with our incoming VP HSS, Cameron, to talk about how he's spending Pride this year....
To celebrate Pride Month this year, we sat down with some of your incoming Executive Officers, alongside your incoming LGBT+ and Trans Reps, to talk about what Pride means to them and how they'll be spending Pride this month! Next up, we have Cameron Storey, your incoming Vice Preisdent Humanaties and Social Sciences;
What does Pride mean to you?
Pride, to me, is about celebrating diversity. It’s about coming together as a community and celebrating our differences. To be proud to be different. To be proud of one another. To be proud of who we are.
It’s also a time to reflect on the past. To learn and discover new things about the LGBTQ+ community. To look what we, as a community, have achieved. But also, to build upon our accomplishments and recognise the need to continue promoting active change in our society in the fight for equality.
Why did you decide to run for Student Council?
Having been involved with several events and opportunities within the Students’ Union, it made me realise how much every single experience has spurred me on to want to do more. I have met so many wonderful new people and have had such a great time watching friends and colleagues enact positive change for all our communities of students.
So, the reason I decided to run was that I want to make a difference too and prove that just because you haven’t been involved with the SU a lot during your studies, doesn’t mean you haven’t got what it takes to represent both your community and the student voice. You have the power to change things for the better!
Obviously, this year, Pride looks a little different to what we usually see. Why do you think it’s important we still celebrate and fight for equality, not just in June but all year round?
I believe that now, more than ever, the fight and celebration of equality is something to celebrate every day. For a lot of people, Pride is about coming together and celebrating one another as a community.
Unfortunately, this year things are different. But that doesn’t mean that our voices are going to carry less weight. I believe that by channelling all that energy, positivity and diversity, through virtual platforms, not just during Pride Month, but all year long, we can use every moment possible to bring everything that Pride stands for into positive and celebratory action. To be proud of who we are, no matter what time of the year!
How will you be spending Pride month this year?
With my favourite group of guys: Antoni, Bobby, Tan, Karamo and Jonathan (The Fab Five).
What advice would you have for any incoming LGBT+ people who are starting at Queen Mary or Barts and The London this year?
Get involved! Don’t be afraid to take part in societies and activities that you might not have considered before. You never know who you might meet there! Taking a chance to try out something new might just surprise you in more ways than one!
More importantly though, talk to people, as many as you can. Queen Mary has such a diverse student population, taking the time to meet other people can make your time here at QM the best time of your life. Trust me on that one!
As an Executive Officer who identifies within the LGBT+ Community, how are you hoping to support them and get involved?
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I believe that my position within the Students’ Union gives me the opportunity to represent the voices of our community at the highest levels within the university.
I will work with both the LGBTQ+ and Trans Officers to ensure the voice of the community is involved with all changes and improvements to ensure transparency and that the student voice is at the forefront of all decision-making.
I also want to tackle university degree programmes and courses. LGBTQ+ representation is key to ensure that students can identify with and be empowered by their studies. It’s about recognising the need for an ever-increasing diverse range of material that goes a long way in the fight towards equality. It’s about having all voices represented at all levels of study.
But the best thing about all this? These are just a couple of ways in which I plan to support and get involved with the LGBTQ+ community. At the heart of every decision will be my commitment to making student experience the best it can be, no matter who you are!