On Saturday 25th of June, members of CCCq, together with friends and partners, took part in the London Pride Parade. The weather favoured us with only one short drizzle of rain, and everyone was in great mood, excited and proud to represent Canterbury Christ Church University. There was a lot of standing around to begin with as the 40,000 strong parade got organised, but that gave us time to get to our banner up and take a group shot!
Once we got moving, the atmosphere and the support from the crowd was fantastic. There were a few excited cheers for us as well, from people with some connection to CCCU – some students watching the Parade clearly recognised their university and were excited to see it represented. There were also several messages of support for the Orlando victims, both in the Parade and among the public, underlying the continued importance of LGBT+ dedicated Prides and other events.
Here are a few more pictures from the day to give you a flavour of the event. Hopefully next year you can join us! To find out more about CCCq events and how to get involved, please email email@example.com
Yesterday evening, CCCq- Canterbury Christ Church University’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and intersex staff network organised a Vigil in memory of those murdered in Orlando on 13th of June. The event was held at the University Chapel, and supported by the university chaplaincy and senior management team. We heard from staff and students and lit candles in memory of those we lost.
As the global LGBTQi community are in mourning for 49 of its family who were murdered, we extend our sympathy to their friends and their families and keep all of those who were injured and affected in our thoughts. We stand in solidarity with our global Queer family and remember that the 49 people massacred add to an ever growing number of people who are killed because of hatred and intolerance towards our community, because of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
In the aftermath of this attack we have seen so much erasure of the LGBTQi community. Those in the media, church and political leaders, claiming that ‘these could have been any night club goers’, blaming this attack on religion, on global terrorism and contributing to the erasure of the victim’s queer identities. This was a hate crime. These people were murdered because of their sexual and gender identity. Because the society they, and we live in, is one of homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. Those who discriminate against us, who bully the children of our community in schools, who do not protect us when we are vulnerable, who laugh at us, who deny us rights, they are all complicit with these murders.
We did not offer a book of condolences because where would we send it? These things usually are sent to some dignitary, head of state, mayor, governor. In Florida, where this awful attack happened, LGBTQi people can still be fired for their sexual or gender identity without any protection. Those who deny us protection are complicit with these murders.
Before people left, they were asked to take a minute to post on our graffiti wall, which we will share online. over the coming days We will tell the world that Canterbury Christ Church University and the wider community present today stand together, in solidarity ad defiance. Along with our many allies, who with us advocate and fight for liberation, we Stand in Power.
To our family lost in Orlando. To all lost to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia: Rest in Power.
On Sunday morning at 02:00 a gunman entered Pulse, an LGBTQ night club in Orlando, Florida, and killed at least 50 people, injuring numerous others.
A short vigil will take place outside of the University’s chapel on Wednesday 15 June at 5.30pm. All staff, students and community members are welcome to attend.
We are also flying the Pride flag at half-mast outside Augustine House, in solidarity and sympathy with the victims of this atrocity.
We are delighted to be marching at the London Pride 2016 on Saturday 25th of June. Everyne wishing to support LGBTIQ staff and students at CCCU is welcome to join us, so if you work or study at CCCU please come along. Partners, family, friends and allies are also all very welcome.
Please see our Eventbrite page here for details of time and place and to register your attendance so that we have an idea of numbers.
See you there!