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Rejoin Stonewall wins LSE Campaign of the Year award

2024-01-06T20:07:51+00:00May 16th, 2023|

Student campaigners from Rejoin Stonewall were awarded the "Campaign of the Year Award" today, by their peers in the Student Union at the London School of Economics. The Student Union awards were created to celebrate the breadth, talent, and dedication of students at the LSE. The awards are an opportunity to recognise student achievements, [...]

Protesting students storm Q&A with LSE Senior Managers

2024-01-06T20:08:03+00:00March 7th, 2023|

The second Rejoin Stonewall protest was scheduled on the day of the 2023 Student Q&A - an annual event for LSE students to ask questions of the LSE School Management Committee (SMC). The SMC had originally decided to leave Stonewall without properly consulting the LGBTQ+ Steering Group, the LGBTQ+ staff networks, the trade unions, [...]

Why leaving Stonewall is a con

2024-01-06T20:08:16+00:00February 15th, 2023|

Senior managers at the LSE and at UCL have unfortunately made the decision to leave Stonewall without understanding the broader context of either the current political climate for LGBTQ+ people, nor of the current political debate surrounding trans people and trans rights, which makes it hard to understand its impact. In this note, I [...]

Protest against the LSE leaving Stonewall

2024-01-06T20:08:21+00:00February 8th, 2023|

Protests have become rare on the LSE campus in recent years, but it has a long history of direct action, from the 1969 LSE student riots that closed the LSE, to the birth of the Gay Liberation Front in secret meetings on the campus, against the wishes of LSE's management committee. On 8 February [...]

Memo on Academic Freedom and Stonewall

2024-01-06T20:08:28+00:00February 2nd, 2023|

Stonewall is not a threat to academic freedom at the LSE or elsewhere, as philosopher and Spectrum Society committee member Bryan W Roberts explains. This memo is reprinted from the original post. The Senior Management Committee has recently announced that the LSE is withdrawing from the Stonewall charity on the basis of academic freedom considerations, [...]

The LSE official statement on leaving Stonewall, and its woes

2024-01-06T20:08:34+00:00January 19th, 2023|

The LSE Senior Management Committee (SMC) attempted to quietly disaffiliate from Stonewall in a message to its LGBTQ+ leadership on 8 December 2022, right before a School holiday and without formal consultation with the LGBTQ+ staff network, the LGBTQ+ Steering Group, the unions, or the academic board. This was met with considerable outrage and [...]

LSE managers found Stonewall incompatible with ‘faith’

2024-01-06T20:08:40+00:00January 19th, 2023|

Soon after announcing the LSE's withdrawal from Stonewall, the School Management Committee (SMC) offered to have a Stonewall discussion with the LGBTQ+ leadership in the School. We have obtained a draft of the meeting minutes, in which the SMC communicates that they view the LGBTQ+ rights that Stonewall stands for as problematic because they [...]

LSE Student Union and LGBTQ+ staff network condemn departure from Stonewall

2024-01-06T20:09:02+00:00January 17th, 2023|

After being notified that the LSE School Management Committee (SMC) planned to disaffiliate from Stonewall, the LSE Student Union and the Spectrum Society (the LGBTQ+ staff network) released a joint statement condemning the departure. Spectrum called an emergency meeting with its members on 17 January to discuss the statement, although they were later chastised by [...]

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