“#DMUpride is not just a slogan – It’s about making positive statements about our values” – DMUpride launch


Hundreds of students stood up and made their voice count on Monday for the launch of #DMUpride.

The Campus centre was filled with colour and rainbows as the launch included tie dying #DMUpride T-shirts, making rainbow bracelets plus 10 stalls from different organisations throughout Leicester.

Nikki Payne, co-chair of the LGBT+ society at the university said during her speech; “DMU pride is so important in order to help teach people about the LGBT+ community.”

DMU is the first I know of that holds a university specific pride and this year it is better than ever with even more student input and great opportunities to get involved.”

Other speakers included Ben Brown DMU’s Chief Operating Officer and Keira Rounsley, DSU’s VP Welfare and community.

During the launch the #DMUpride advert was shown, made by DSU’s Mike Mayes VP media and communications. The advert features staff, students and locals from around the Leicester LGBT+ community talking about their freedom to be, this year’s theme.

The annual event celebrates it’s third year with a month long event full of activities including film screenings, comedy shows and a mental health conference at the end of the month.

Elle Knaggs, womens officer at the LGBT+ said: “It’s important for people to understand that being LGBT doesn’t just mean homosexual. An event like #DMUpride helps to educate people and make them more aware of the LGBT+ community.”

The LGBT+ society will be hosting their own events including workshops based around Gender and sexuality in different weeks, also hosting films with the same themes.

The society also got involved in DemonFM taking over some of their shows through the week.

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#DMUpride t-shirts hanging out to dry after being tie dyed or drawn on


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