NUI Galway has introduced a number of new initiatives to celebrate and support the visibility and inclusion of the LGBT+ community in higher education. GigSoc, the LGBT+ student society, recently held the first Pride March through the NUI Galway campus as part of a range of activities organised for Rainbow Week. This coincided with the launch of the LGBT+ Ally Programme by the NUI Galway LGBT+ Staff Network.
GigSoc has also recently launched the T Fund, which recognises the extra financial burden faced by trans and non binary students by providing funding to students for financial costs related to social transition.
Co-auditor of GigSoc, Oissíne Moore, stated: “It’s amazing to see staff getting involved in the Pride March as it makes people feel that little bit safer knowing that staff are willing to march with us and support us.”