Hey! I’m Ryan Auernigg, a 1st year full-time Philosophy (BA) student. Upon joining the university, I noticed a distinct lack of representation for the LGBT+ community at Birkbeck, and made it the goal in my manifesto to increase LGBT visibility and to create more social and educational events for people who define as LGBTQIA+.
As the 2017/18 LGBTQ+ Officer, I have made plans to re-establish the Committee for the LGBTQ+ Campaign, and reform the associated LGBTQ+ Society by hosting regular meetings every term to discuss LGBT issues and plan socials. This includes events for LGBT History Month in February, and hosting an event for Birkbeck students at the parade in London Pride 2018. I’m very open to new ideas, so if you are a student who wants to get in touch with thoughts about ways to improve the LGBT community at Birkbeck, please feel free to drop me an email!
I am also acutely aware of the difficulties of defining as LGBTQIA+, and so am available to offer support and guidance on request. This will be strictly confidential, as I understand the sensitive nature of this type of dialogue, and do not underestimate the importance of the solace that speaking as a student-to-student can offer. This can be in the form of an email/IM conversation or informal drop-in session.
Please feel free to check out the LGBTQ+ Campaign, the autonomous campaign at Birkbeck that takes forward the representation of LGBTQIA+ students and is ran by yours truly, here. The LGBTQ+ Society can be found here.
Apart from both my student and SU life, I’m really into film photography, avant-garde movies, experimental music, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.