For those who don’t know what CU Pride is as a society, we are the LGBT+ society of Cardiff University (standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and other). As a society our main purpose is to provide a safe place for LGBT+ students to meet and have fun, mostly by hosting many events over the semester, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Additionally, it’s important to note that the society prides itself on welcoming all LGBT members whether they are out of the closet or not and whether they are of any race, religion, gender and sexuality.
We’ve already had several successful events at the beginning of the semester. The first event being our ‘Fresher’s Welcome’, created to introduce new members to the LGBT+ scene that the society visits frequently. The Fresher’s social was made to provide new members with a safe look at the sort of LGBT+ nightlife that Cardiff can provide and so that they have the chance to get to know our Committee for this year. The CU Pride Committee strives to ensure that we are available to our members and can be approached with questions about the society and the university.
CU Pride also hosted a second event during Fresher’s Week, our ‘Give it a Go’ social where every student in Cardiff University (including non-LGBT+) was invited to enjoy a night out on the LGBT+ scene. This was easily one of our busiest and best nights as everyone who attended was able to fill out every venue we took them to and everyone attending seemed to have enjoyed their experience of Cardiff’s LGBT+ nightlife.
We have had several nights out since Fresher’s week ended, our most recent being our inter-uni scene crawl with Cardiff Met, called the ‘Back2School Graffiti social’. On this particular night, both societies wore plain white school shirts and used pens to draw on them, resulting in funny, sweet and mostly rude artwork on everyone. CU Pride is always willing to host joint events with other societies as we know, especially from our graffiti social, how much fun it can be.
While I have mostly mentioned social events that were nights out, I would also like to discuss some of the society’s non-alcoholic events. First of all are our Saturday brunches, hosted weekly since the start of the semester where our members can come, have some good food and hang out with other members for a pleasant Saturday morning experience.Other non-alcoholic events include our ‘Cardiff Monopoly’ social, where we had members run around Cardiff finding landmarks in a large, city-wide race. We also have several future social events planned for the society that promise to be just as good as their predecessors, if not better.
The closest being our Halloween themed night out ‘Kings, Queens, Divas and Demons’ on Wednesday 28th, our first true fancy dress social. We’re inviting our members to try out their best Halloween costumes and show them off on our usual LGBT+ scene crawl. We are sure this will prove to be an exciting night as the best dressed has been promised a prize, so the Committee are expecting some terrifying stuff. Furthermore, we’re following one fancy dress social with another on November 6th with our amazing Disney social. Our members will be able to dress up as their favourite Disney villain, hero or heroine and the best dressed will once again have the chance of winning a prize from the society.
Additionally, in order to interest our members in getting more involved in how the society is run, CU Pride will also soon be hosting our Annual General Meeting. Our AGM, or renamed EGM (Extremely-Exciting General Meeting), is being held on Monday 26th which gives our members the chance to have their say on how the society is run, to provide feedback so far, and to see how they can get further involved with the society.
We have no intention of slowing down near the end of the semester either. CU Pride is already making plans for larger events such as our joint Playzone social with the Sci-fi society. This will be an excellent night out for the society as the Playzone in Swansea (filled with slides, climbing mazes and ball pit balls) allows us to go in from seven to eleven pm and have fun reliving our childhoods.
CU Pride is dedicated to giving its members some of their best university experiences and our committee is fully committed to making sure that their memories of CU Pride will be good ones.
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