De Montfort University gets colours out for pride

By Emily Barker

De Montfort University (DMU) and DMU’s Students’ Union (DSU) will be holding a Pride month in February to celebrate LGBTQ+ by holding a series of events throughout the month.

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Jessica Okwuonu, Vice President of Welfare and Community at De Montfort University.

DMU and DSU will be collaborating together to host a number of events across the campus and in the city centre. There will be some guest speakers at the launch event which takes place in the SU on Monday, February 5.

Jessica Okwuonu, 22, Vice President Welfare and Community, said: “It’s important to celebrate Pride, especially since newly elected American President, Donald Trump.

“Pride needs to be celebrated in society and people need to feel comfortable talking about it. It is okay to be all these sexualities and we are running these events to make people feel okay.”

The timings of each event will vary and the number of events is yet to be confirmed. There will be some craftivism events and self-care events based in the SU, such as creating tie-dye T-shirts as well as other small keepsakes. To attract more people to this event, there will be an LGBTQ+ event in the DSU bar.

During the month, there is going to be a gallery on topics such as the Stonewall marches, the history of the Pride movement and students and staff and all the inspirational things that they do and have done previously. There will also be stall holders and some sexual health advice throughout the event.

People can find out about the upcoming events through the DMU website and leaflets that will be placed throughout campus. Several fundraising events for LGBTQ+ charities are yet to be confirmed.

For more information about the event, contact Jessica on vpwelfare@dmu.ac.uk or call her on 0116 366 4841.

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