LGBTQ+ at Greenwich – Interview with President Ryan Bryce

Photo by Greenwich Students Union

Describe your society in one sentence

“We are a safe, judgement-free network of people where you can freely be yourself.”

What is your main goal/plan as a society?

“The main goal is and has been since I took the reigns last year, to provide a community for LGBTQ+ students. Where that might sound like a very loose goal, homophobia – and all its different strands & branches – is still rife in the world and with Greenwich welcoming students from all walks of life, many students will have com from societies perhaps less welcoming than ours.”

What are your plans for the future (events, activities, working with other societies/organisations/the SU)?

“We have a couple of annual events but collaborations with other societies (and external businesses for that matter) build the bulk of our events. Annually, we have SHAG (Sexual Health and Guidance) week in tandem with FemSoc (Feminism Society) as well as the Annual Soho Bar Odyssey (ASBO) and LGBT History Month in February.”

What drives you personally as the president?

“I want to see the LGBTQ+ community at Greenwich thrive and I want other students to be able to find a home, much like I did.”

What do you love most about the society?

“I like the openness and honesty. I don’t think there is another society like it, that is so integrated with self-discovery and love. It makes it so much more of a positive experience.”

Who can join/what do your members look like?

“Anyone can join! I am more than happy to have allies within the society, so long as they are respectful and, on a political level, make sure they don’t speak over people who identify as being on the spectrum.”

Is there a fee and if so, what is it used for?

“I’m actually currently discussing scrapping the fee for joining. It’s unfair that anyone who is in any sort of financial jeopardy to not be able to join. On the other hand, I’m also considering using it much like creators do for Patreon – having it as a way for people to, if they’re able to, support the society financially so that we can run better events and make sure members have an even better time.”

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By Anne Blombach
Second year Creative Writing student, active member of SODA and FemSoc and avid dog lover. Born and raised in Germany, chose London as my home in 2016. When I grow up, I want to become a journalist to provide information and raise awareness for mental illnesses and the rights of pretty much any living creature. My friends would describe me as a creative and extroverted person with great organisational skills and a passion for music and especially concerts.

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