LITisOUT Limerick Institute of TechnologyLesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans* Society (LGBT) Society
Who Are We?• We are an inclusive group of L.I.T. students who identify as pro-equality & seek to create a safe & friendly campus for all students and staff regardless of whether they identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* or Straight
What do we do?• Raise awareness of the diversity of LGBT students on campus• Share information on local & national support organisations• Create & strengthen links between LIT & local LGBT support services• Share information on LGBT social options both locally & nationally• Provide a library of hard copy resources for students & staff interested in LGBT resources & research
Visibility is key!Our banner is chock full of information aboutsocial networking options for students or staffwho are too hurried or shy about approachingour stand. We also provide a library of hard copyresources for students & staff interested in LGBTresources & research
How do we do it?• We maintain a physical presence at Open Days & are constantly in & out of the LITSU offices to keep our society ‘fresh’ in the minds of the SU Sabbats & receptionist.• LITSU supports our virtual presence via their website• http://www.litsu.ie/?page_id=188• LITSU also updates their Facebook page with our events
FacebookWe began with a Facebook ‘Friends’ page Litisout SocOver time we realised that the ‘like’ page format was moreappropriate for our needs.We have retained our Friends page & keep both pagesupdated.We plan to create a ‘closed group’ for students who aren’t‘out’
Twitter• We joined Twitter this year in order to provide another access point for members & other interested parties.• It’s linked to our Facebook account which minimises the ‘work’ required in tweeting.
E-Mail• firstname.lastname@example.org• Via e-mail we keep LIT support staff in the loop regarding events, support organisations, training & research related to the LGBT communities• This information is generally in the form of attachments which can be circulated in either hard or soft copy format.• One lecturer shares this information on Moodle so that her students can access it.
Blogging litisout.wordpress.comWe set up a blog in order to provide access toour contact details and events for those whoare uncomfortable with using other media likeFacebook or Twitter. This provides anonymityfor readers while providing a structure forsharing much of the same information.