Information about the LGBT+ Community at Emmanuel and Beyond

Emmanuel has a lively LGBT+ community, with regular events including formals, swaps, LGBTea and Cake, film screenings and pre-Glitterbomb socials. There are also plenty of events happening in Cambridge more broadly, so there’s lots to keep you occupied!


ECSU has an LGBT+ rep whose job is to provide welfare support to LGBT+ students, lobby college on issues affecting LGBT+ students, and run social events to create a fun and friendly LGBT+ community at Emma. You can find out who the current LGBT+ rep is here: To keep up to date with what’s going on with Emma LGBT+ email to join the secret mailing list or join the Emma LGBT+ Facebook group here:

Since 2018 we’ve been running an Emma LGBT+ parenting scheme for freshers to help them get to know other LGBT+ people at Emma - keep an eye on your emails for the sign up sheet or contact the LGBT+ rep for more details!

If you are questioning your sexuality, or concerned about issues such as coming out or sexual health, then you can contact the LGBT+ Officer at for confidential help and advice. Condoms are available from the ECSU Shop, and there should be condoms, dental dams and lube in the welfare cupboard in the pidge room.


CUSU LGBT+ is one of the liberation campaigns run by the Cambridge University Students Union. One of the things they do is run an LGBT+ Parenting Scheme, where you’ll get buddied up with other LGBT+ students (your “siblings”) as well as two LGBT+ students in older years (your “parents”). It’s a fantastic way to make new friends and meet people who can answer any questions you might have about LGBT+ (and indeed non-LGBT+) things in Cambridge. Visit to find out more and sign up. Over the course of the year CUSU LGBT+ organises lots of different activities including coffee mornings, bar socials, brunches, film screenings, talks and more.

CUSU LGBT+ website:

CUSU LGBT+ Facebook group:

LGBT+ Events Across Cambridge

Glitterbomb happens every Tuesday night at Vinyl (aka Life), which is on Sidney Street under the Waterstones - less than five minutes walk from college! It’s Cambridge’s only weekly LGBT+ night and is popular with students, featuring performances from local drag queens and dancers.

There are also other LGBT+ nights - Dot Cotton happens on the first Saturday of every month at Q Club, and there are also LGBT+ nights held at the Cornerhouse and at Junction.

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