USW: Proud at Pride

USW were proud to host Stonewall Cymru for the third year running for the annual Pride Cymru Big Weekend on Saturday 25th August 2018.

Staff and students from across USW joined together with allies from Stonewall Cymru and their youth group for a pre-march brunch at the Cardiff Campus and to share experiences of being young LGBT+ role models. Those assembled then joined the march through the centre of Cardiff before arriving at City Hall.

Speakers included Rhi Kemp, one of USW’s Trans Role Model, who spoke about their experience of transitioning, Trans rights plus the importance of the next generation and continuing to promote equality and inclusion for all. Crash Wigley from Stonewall Cymru spoke about the importance of charities like Stonewall and the need to keep promoting equality and the aim of a day when all couples, irrespective of orientation are able to celebrate their relationship in public without fear of retribution.

Stewart Eyres, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at USW, was one member of staff taking part:
“It was my first time on a Pride Parade, and it was great to see the young activists from Stonewall gathering at the Atrium and then making their voice heard on the march through Cardiff. Working on our stand at the Big Weekend event afterwards made me acutely aware of how far things have improved since I was the age of those activists!”

USW is proud to be a Stonewall Cymru Diversity Champion and to be ranked in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. USW’s LGBT+ network, Spectrum, supports staff in their working lives at USW and promotes awareness of LGBT+ issues at the University.