Congratulations to those lucky enough to be coming to Durham this Autumn! For many LGBT students, university can be a transformational experience, especially when coming from schools and families that aren’t so receptive to young LGBT people. Durham is an environment where you should feel absolutely safe to come out if you so wish, with plenty of welfare support if you need it and lots of opportunity to meet likeminded people in a safe environment. Everybody- your college, department and the many, many friends you’ll meet- will want you to feel happy, fulfilled and confident in yourself so you can realise your potential academically and in the various other hobbies and activities you’ll enjoy as a student.
From the point of view of LGBT welfare, support and representation, we’ve got your backs, so while at Durham you should feel entirely comfortable to explore your sexuality as you see fit, present yourself as whatever gender suits you, or just take the time to see what you’re comfortable with and who you are. Any hangups you have about being LGBT will fall by the wayside pretty soon.
Anyway- congratulations to all, if you have any questions feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, take care and be excited about Durham- you’ve got a cracking few years ahead of you. Greatly looking forward to seeing you all in October!
-Dan, Open Place President