Is Student Pride Really Necessary?
Student Pride is taking place this year at the Marylebone Campus from the 9th-11th of February. With London Pride only a few months away in June it begs the question: “Is a student pride really necessary”?
After speaking to a few students who will remain anonymous the answer seems to be yes and no. Student Pride is an excellent way to bring awareness to LGBTQ+ issues. Yet, there seems to be concern as to whether or not this is just another opportunity to party. Student Pride doesn’t necessarily have much of a difference to general pride events other than the fact that it’s put together for students. So, what’s the point?
It’s probable that the University could be using this as an excuse to promote diversity to prospective students. However, as a believer in all things good I’m confident that this isn’t the case.
Pride is an event that allows those who don’t feel accepted by society to come together in a safe and encouraging environment. It opens the door to students who want to explore their sexuality and connect with others would’ve struggled in the same way.
Of course, it’s for promotion but that’s always been the goal of pride. If not there would be extravagant parades in every major city across the world.
LGBTQ+ issues are constantly being discussed yet there’s still so much that the general public needs to learn. For example: the changing use of pronouns, ways to combat discrimination against trans peoples, and non-traditional types of gender association.
At worst Student Pride is a good reason to get involved and become educated on problems that effect today’s students. Overall if Student Pride is done for ethically correct reasons that help boost the morale of students across all campuses, then it’s worth a go.