Hughes Hall, together with 20 other Cambridge Colleges, celebrated the start of LGBT+ History Month by raising the rainbow flag and making a proud statement that our College is welcoming and diverse.
Throughout February, we put a spotlight on LGBT+ equality and diversity in our community and kicked off the celebrations with the second ‘Celebrating LGBT+ Formal Hall’ which was open to all College members and guests. Tickets for the Formal Hall, which was Harry Potter inspired, sold out within a day and the dinner was a great success with students, senior members and guests enjoying the magic of Harry Potter in the beautiful setting of our College.
Lydia Wong, our MCR LGBT+ representative featured on our Humans of Hughes Hall Instagram series and shared her journey on fighting for LGBT rights and visibility for many years. “By organising various LGBT events, I aim to make Hughes Hall an even more prominent College known for its willingness to support minorities and celebrate diversity. There is nothing political about standing up for others and being against discrimination. The demonstration of such pride does nothing to burden others; for some, it may even be a symbol of hope.”
On the 28th of February, the College welcomed Professor Wintemute, the UK’s leading human rights expert to share his opinion on LGBT and other human rights if the UK leaves the EU and the European Convention on Humans Rights (ECHR). He provided an insight into what is going to happen to fundamental rights post Brexit and whether the Human Rights Act will still be repealed. This event provided students and guests the opportunity to ask questions and express views about a highly relevant and topical issue. The talk was followed by a fully booked dinner in our dining hall for LGBT identifying guests to once again celebrate LGBT in our Cambridge community.