Time has a habit of bringing things into focus. As time has gone by over the past year it has never been clearer that LGBT+ rights in the UK are under real threat. Having been a member of the LGBT+ Liberal Democrats for five years the next and most natural step for me is to take a more active role within the organisation; to help ensure that the voices of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats across the board are heard clearly, and to bring a new perspective.
I am aware that this will also be a time of great challenge for LGBT+ Liberal Democrats. It is necessary that diverse voices are heard on the Exec and it is with that in mind that I will be seeking nomination to be elected to the LGBT+ Liberal Democrat Exec.
My first ever Exec role was as Membership Secretary. It is one of the best roles to hold within an Exec: it allows for the greatest possible opportunity for engagement with other members while being a less public-facing role. This gives a much greater opportunity for me to listen and talk to members and bring forward those views and concerns without the perils of the distractions that can—and indeed often are—caused by holding a public-facing role. I wish for my main focus to be on the members, and representing their voice to the Exec in the most effective way I can.
Coming back from Pride Cymru 2019