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NUS abolishes gay men’s reps as they ‘don’t face oppression’

The UK union has asked its LGBT societies to get rid of all gay men’s representatives

The National Union of Students has reportedly passed a motion calling for the abolition of all gay men’s representatives, over claims that they “don’t face oppression” in the LGBT community.

The controversial ruling was discussed by delegates at the NUS LGBT+ Campaign in Sheffield this week. According to the CD7 conference summary, there were concerns about the growing presence of “misogyny, transphobia, racism and biphobia” in some groups – with many delegates blaming the rise on “white cis gay men”. They went on to suggest that, for this reason, representatives for gay men should no longer exist within LGBT societies.

“Misogyny, transphobia, racism and biphobia are often present in LGBT+ societies,” the document reads. “This is unfortunately more likely to occur when the society is dominated by white cis gay men.”

Despite the same conference also discussing the heightened risk of violence for young gay men – and their disproportionately high susceptibility to HIV – the motion was, shockingly, passed. “The reps system exists to ensure that societies committees can always have a reserved place for groups which disproportionately face oppression within the LGBT+ community,” the document continues. “Gay men do not face oppression as gay men within the LGBT+ community and do not need a reserved place on society committees.”

We have reached out to the NUS for a statement.

(H/T Pink News)