NUS LGBT is an autonomous part of NUS. We are a democratic organisation and students who define themselves as LGBT decide our policy at our annual conference. NUS-affiliated students’ unions can send up to four students to this conference and any LGBT student can put forward a motion for discussion. The delegates debate the motions and votes are taken.
The National LGBT Officers are elected at the conference. They then decide how and when to carry out the policies passed.
The NUS LGBT Campaign has been instrumental in changing the lives of LGBT students. We’ve been a key player in the number of campaigns leading to major legislative changes, including:
- Donation not Discrimination (2011)
- An equal age of consent (2001)
- Civil partnerships (2005)
- Gender recognition (2004)
- Protection against discrimination in goods, facilities and services (2008)
We are the main organisation in the UK campaigning for an end to the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. Recently the Anthony Nolan Trust has changed its policy on donors so that it now assesses on individual risk rather than membership of the group - a policy NUS has been advocating for several years.