David Sanin on the 2014 campaign

Ynda Jas2014, Guest posts6 Comments

David Sanin, York Graduate Students’ Association‘s LGBT Representative and outgoing Welfare Officer, provided a few thoughts on this year’s campaign and the contribution of the University of York LGBTQ Postgraduate Network.

This year’s LGBT History Month provided an opportunity not only for the city of York to celebrate and commemorate the efforts of the LGBT community to overcome inequality and discrimination, but also it became a platform for closer ties to be forged between the different LGBT groups in the city. The LGBTQ Postgraduate Network, supported by the Graduate Students’ Association of the University of York, was part of the city-wide steering group and looks forward to being part of that group in future years. With Queer as a political concept, a seminar on the history of the use of the term ‘queer’ as a political stance and in the LGBT rights debate, the Network engaged with a large group of students and started a healthy discussion, promoting diversity and inclusivity.

David chairing the Queer as a Political Concept event.

David chairing the Queer as a Political Concept event.

Queer as a political concept flyer

The flyer from the Queer as a political concept event.

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Ynda created York LGBTQ+ 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 remain loosely involved from a distance, mostly helping with web updates. During their seven years in York, Ynda also studied at both of York’s universities and served periods as secretary of York Pride and York LGBT Forum. They also founded Non-binary London and are the DJ coordinator at the queer cabaret event and community Bar Wotever at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

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