Sophie Bailey and Ray Everall were in Sheffield to represent the University of Sussex Students’ Union at the NUS LGBT+ Conference, which was held from 5-6 March 2019. Sophie writes about her experience.
“I really enjoyed my first experience of an NUS Conference and learned a lot about the workings of our student democracy and National Union. I felt really welcomed by the NUS team and my fellow delegates, who immediately included and accepted me into the community.
The motions, debate and caucuses were highly inclusive and engaging. Having the option to voice my opinions throughout was really great. I was pleasantly surprised by all the different avenues of conversation and debate that took place, and was given so many opportunities to learn about various issues regarding trans rights, minorities and current affairs that I wasn’t previously aware of.
The various workshops that were provided really helped with learning about new and interesting topics of conversation. For example, I attended a ‘Trans in Sport’ workshop with a fellow cisgendered friend, which provided both of us with information and facts we have not experienced ourselves.
The Conference was also an opportunity to make great friends with people who share my interests - people that I may not otherwise have have met. I now have a network of friends from all over the country to keep in touch with and see at future events. This is something I have struggled with in the past, and the Conference really exposed me to so many new experiences, people and subjects that I want to explore further.
Overall, there isn’t a bad thing I could say about the NUS LGBT+ Conference: It has helped me better understand myself and others, and I cannot wait for future conferences.”
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