Campus Pride 2022

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On Friday 10 June 2022 students and staff members, in collaboration with Kaleidoscope, hosted the University of Bath’s second ever Campus Pride event! The event was held on the Chancellor’s Green and involved a number of stalls, workshops and some incredible performances from local drag artists.

An impressive number of staff and students from across the University attended the event, which was a wonderful celebration of diversity and the strong ties between LGBTQ+ community members and allies from the University.

Festivities began at 5pm following an introduction from event co-planner Amy Birch, after which attendees heard a speech from the Vice-President of Community and Inclusion, Professor Rajani Naidoo. Professor Naidoo gave a moving account of the progress made for LGBTQ+ rights since the initial uprising at Stonewall in 1969, as well as the work being done within the University to build on these important changes. The Vice-President was followed by Cassie Wilson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, who emphasised the message of the strides made towards equality for our community and thanked everyone for their commitment. After a final brief word from Amy, the University of Bath Pride celebrations commenced!

Vice-President Rajani Naidoo and Amy Birch speaking to a crowd from beneath the marquee at the Campus Pride event 2022
L-R: Vice-President Rajani Naidoo and Amy Birch
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience, Cassie Wilson speaking to a crowd from beneath the marquee at Campus Pride 2022
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience, Cassie Wilson

The event opened with interactive activities from various stalls, including a fun LGBTQ+ themed quiz devised by the Culture & Inclusion team ( and a ‘proud moment’ stall from Student Services, where attendees were invited to post their experience of Pride and what it means to them in a rainbow-coloured post-box!

Culture & Inclusion Team Stall

In between enjoyment of the stalls, guests were treated to some fabulous drag performances kicked off by Mother, who gave a stellar opening number on the electric violin! There were also some amazing lip-synching sets from Remy Melee and Zina Fandel, as well as an explosive first-time performance from Dragonfruit! The atmosphere couldn’t have been better – we were all on our feet more than once!

Drag artist, Remy Melee, dressed in a hooded red coat while performing one of their sets
Remy Melee

As well as stalls provided by Student Services and Culture & Inclusion, brilliant reps from the Library and local charity SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) also joined in the experience, sharing information about the crucial work they do to combat inequality and the fantastic selection of queer literature available to staff and students.

Two representatives from the Library with VP Rajani Naidoo operting the Library Stall, which is draped with a Pride flag and display books
Vice-President Rajani Naidoo (furthest right) visiting the Library Stall

Towards the end of the evening we were also treated to another act from Mother, this time on a traditional Irish bodhrán. The piece was an emotional love letter from one sailor to another, which you could really feel throughout the performance!

Drag artist, Mother, singing into a microphone while holding a bodhrán

The crowd at Campus Pride watching a performance by Mother, who is sat beneath the marquee

We concluded the celebrations on our feet for a rocking rendition of the Time Warp, which had everybody up and shaking – and not a single person forgot any of the moves! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the festivities – it was a lovely evening! Hopefully next year’s Pride – Bath University’s third! – will be even more spectacular.

Drag performers, University of Bath staff and SU reps standing in line for a group photo. Four of them are crouched in front
All drag performers with University of Bath staff and Student Union representatives

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