Matt Harper, Joseph Rowntree Foundation‘s Diversity Campaigns Officer, provided a few thoughts on this year’s campaign.
In comparison to other cities, with a much more vibrant and prolific LGBT community, York can often seem to be slow moving in this area, however what LGBT History Month 2014 really demonstrated was the resounding commitment that organisations, groups and individuals have to the inclusion and equality of the LGBT community.
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Andy is a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London researching queer and genderqueer speech. They established York LGBT History Month in 2014 while working at York St John University. They then developed it into an independent organisation, and served as Lead Coordinator from 2014 to 2016, which included overseeing its registration as a charity. They now remain vaguely involved from a distance. During their seven years in York, Andy also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They are also involved in the Everyday Cissexism campaign and write occasionally about trans, poly and other queer matters on their website/blog