#DMUpride, De Montfort University (DMU)’s celebration of LGBT History Month, is now in its third year – so we thought we’d ask some of your De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) Officer Team what the month means to them.
Next up, we’ve got Daniel Murgatroyd, LGBTQ+ Students’ Representative at DSU…
Has it really been three years already?
Seems like only yesterday I attended the first #DMUpride launch. Since then it has gotten bigger and better, and I could not be happier about that. Seeing all the students at the launch and even speaking with a number really brought a smile to my face.
#DMUpride has been about celebrating what it means to be LGBT+ for three years, but that is not all that it does. For those three years, it has educated people about LGBT+ issues, about the struggles we face, what we have overcome and how you can help.
It has also educated people about what being LGBT+ means, about how it is okay and why we are a community.
Wandering around the launch, I heard people asking questions, and answered a fair few myself. This is what we want, to create a safe and informed environment that allows anyone to be themselves, without fear of persecution or judgement.
#DMUpride is about bringing people together. And that is why #DMUpride is great.
It creates a forum, across campus and across Leicester. And through this, we learn, teach, find common ground, and make friends. In short, we move forwards together.
I have been asked several times what #DMUpride means to me, alongside why it is important. My answer is this; it is the freedom to be, to inspire and to help.
Together we can make DMU a safe place to be, for everyone. And #DMUpride is an important part of this.
You can find out more about #DMUpride, including a full calendar of events for the month, here.
Daniel is also the treasurer of DSU's LGBT+ Society.