Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Officer

Welcome to Aston

My name is Aaron Payne and I am your LGBT+ Officer for the 2018-19 Academic Year.

As LGBT+ Officer my role is to represent the needs and views of the LGBT+ student community here at Aston. I feel privileged to be in this position and am looking forward to the year ahead.

I will be working hard to elevate the experience for these students through a range of campaigns and events, coordinating my efforts with the rest of the Executive Committee while working on my manifesto pledges.

If you have any concerns during the year or an idea to improve the communities experience feel free to get in touch by email or on social media.

liberating our LGBT+ community

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What is your favourite motivational quote?

'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'

Muhammad Ali

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I have wanted to pursue a career in music ever since I was little, I know it’s not too late but I’m going to finish my degree before I make up my mind. Otherwise it will forever be a side project of mine.

If you had a spirit animal. What would it be and why?

I do, a phoenix. I feel as if metaphorically speaking, there have been numerous occasions where I have risen from ashes, a stronger and wiser version of myself. As a result, I can relate to a large portion of the quotes and imagery surrounding the animal. I often compare myself to butterflies as well, as they are intricate creatures that spread their wings and fly...

What is your favourite book, movie or TV show?

Empire as I love the Lyon’s especially Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett). They also address numerous issues within the show such as homosexuality and drug addiction. However, at the time of writing I need to get around to watching the latest season.

If you could have a meal with someone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Mariah Carey, predictable for me I know. Not just because she has been my idol for many years, but because her work ethic and resilience inspire me. It’s not a coincidence that she co-wrote 17 out of her 18 number one hits. Her music has also helped me pulled through in times where I did not think it was possible, so I have a great appreciation for her body of work and artistry.

If you could change one thing this year what would it be?

I really want to work on my self-control, I know this sounds conceited, but I believe I am capable of so much more if I focus purely on my work and personal goals, eliminating distractions.

Regarding my year as your LGBT+ Officer I want to be a ray of light that can positively impact the student experience for the community at Aston.

Why did you stand to be an Officer?

I wanted to be more involved with the LGBT+ community at Aston, while challenging myself on a personal level. I am also keen to make a lasting mark on the University and spread positive energy.

What are your top three tips for someone starting at Aston?

 

  1. Do not leave assignments to the last minute, you’ll thank me later.
  2. Be confident and socialise, everyone is up for meeting new people at the start of the academic year and I’m still making new friends a year in.
  3. Enjoy your first year and get involved in as many of the opportunities on offer to you as possible.