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Why do we need an LGBT campaign?

Thursday 17 July 2008 LGBT

NUS LGBT is the voice of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students throughout the UK. We work to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, both within education and throughout society.

A key part of our role is to develop and support LGBT student groups and student activists. In addition, we campaign for the rights of LGBT people across the UK and throughout the world.

Five facts that illustrate why we need an LGBT campaign

  1.  LGBT pupils are more likely to leave school at 16 and not reach further or higher education (regardless of their achievements at school). Two out of five say they fear the bullying will continue if they stay.
  2. LGBT people are officially subject to the death penalty in nine countries in the world, in three of which recent executions have taken place.
  3. Waiting times of ten years are not uncommon for trans people wishing to access surgery or other treatments on the NHS. 
  4. Many colleges and universities still refuse to re-issue degree certificates for graduates who have changed gender roles. This means a trans person may either have to apply for jobs with employers who aren’t going to ask to see their certificates, or voluntarily disclose their medical history during application.
  5. Up to 38 per cent of LBGT people will be the victim of a hate crime at some point in their lives.

“Stonewall knows how important LGBT student societies are for thousands of students across the country. They provide a place where gay students can find support, advice and have fun. Universities should be open to all, providing a safe environment for all and giving everyone the opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive for Stonewall

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