Why Join Us?
1) You want an LGBT+ friendly safe space to hang out and chill.
2) You like social events and tabletop games
3) You're looking to meet other LGBT+ students at BU and AUB.
What do we do?
We are a social group for LGBT+ students at BU and AUB, with a focus on creating a chilled and friendly safe space, while using tools like boardgames and videogames to facillitate meeting new people without any pressure.
We're back since covid and better than ever- hitting our highest member base and most special events last year!
Membership for Iris LGBTQ+ is £2.50 for the whole year and allows you to come to all our weekly events.
Though some special events may be paid, we make an effort to keep things cheap and affordable whenever possible, and may subsidise prices when neccesary.
Weekly Social - Wednesdays from 5pm till 8pm (F202 is our usual main room and F208 is our usual quiet room, but these can vary so we will post any changes to our social medias!)
When and Where?
Every week in term time, we hold a weekly social on campus. Usually for these people bring boardgames, videogames and snacks, as we meet to hang out through the evening. If boardgames aren't your thing, don't worry! We bring these largely to help icebreak, and help keep a low pressure environment.
For those who prefer drinking often members head to Dylans, the on campus bar when we pack up for the night around 9pm.
These take place Wednesdays, term time from 17:00 onwards, typically in F202
We also provide a quiet space in F208, in case the room gets too loud, overwhelming or people want an alternative space.
We also host a hub online for LGBTQ+ students to hang out here - https://discord.com/invite/aU9FKDd
Monthly Special Events
Our comittee aims to have special events as well where possible on a monthly(ish) basis, to get an idea of what sort of thing to expect, we have in the past held pumpkin carving, film nights, tournaments, murder mysteries and improv nights (in collaboration with the Improvisation society).
We have also taken members on a trip to London Pride, and helped run Bournemouth's Student pride which happens every May.
Keep your eye on our socials as well as on the 'What's On' SUBU page for updates!
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President: Kimera Royal (It/She)
Communications Officer: Kanaya Hull (It/Its)
Treasurer: Hannah Marsden (She/Her)
"Hello! My name is Hannah and I’m the Iris Treasurer for this year. That means that I’ll be keeping an eye on our society account and expenditures, making sure we can finance all of our exciting events year-round.
I’m in my third year of Computer Animation Art and Design, and find Iris to be a great opportunity to take a break from uni work and meet LGBTQ+ friendly people across different courses. I can’t wait to meet many more people this year!"
As Committee, we're comitted to making sure Iris is an accessible space, for everyone, inclisive of disabilities and neurodiversities. For information on room acess, you can find the BU acessibility information here:
The Fusion Building is our regular building, situated near the university car park and a short walk from the busses, in rooms that are wheelchair acessible and situated near to multiple acessible bathrooms. Both rooms are reachable by stairs, or just next to the lifts on the second floor. The quiet room has a wheelchair acessible desk, however the desks in the main room may be too low for some chairs. Please do be aware that these rooms may have relatively harsh lighting, and the doors are heavy and some may require assistance. Our main room may also be relatively loud during peak times, but aswell as a quiet space, the building is usually empty at these time, and has lots of comfy seating directly outside the rooms. Doors to enter the building are electronic and should be openable with a button. There is one Gender Neutral bathroom on the ground floor, aswell as the neutral acessible bathrooms on the floor we use.
We also try to keep our events low cost at every possible opportunity, including most of them in our membership fee, or covering with grants. If money is ever an issue, please do let us know and also look into the clubs and society's hardship fund which may be able to help you out:
When we are away from our usual building we will try our best to provide acess information ahead of time where possible, and if you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please don't be afraid to contact us at our email email@example.com