During my time as LGBTQ+ Officer, I gained political skills in being that open voice for the LGBTQ+ students of LTSU as well as being hosting my first ever campaign as a Marketing professional.
The Out In Sport campaign was to raise the awareness and presence of openly LGBTQ+ athletes and students competing in a sports club. As I was the only openly Gay rugby union player during my 2nd year at university, I wanted to raise the awareness and the homophobia stigma in playing a sport. The campaign took place during LGBTQ+ History Month which was a great example as each of the supporting clubs wore an item of rainbow (i.e. laces, socks, wristband, etc.) within their sports kit to show their respects. As a result, my fellow team mates all wore a full rainbow rugby kit to show their support, love and respect for their openly Gay player and I still have my shirt to this day as a reminder. In addition, the campaign led to encouraging the other sports teams to follow suit and each committee from each club signed a banner to raise the awareness as a pledge to stop homophobia in sports and that is ok for any LGBTQ+ student to be apart of a sports team.
I gained and built variable skills that I take forward with me from being involved within the LTSU. My communication skills enhanced because I was speaking to a wide range of people everyday.