Get Real. is the official publication of Cambridge SU LGBT+ (Cambridge Students’ Union LGBT+ Campaign).

Get Real. is jointly edited by two elected officers on the LGBT+ committee. We are primarily an online publication, but we also produce a biannual printed zine.

Get Real. exists to platform LGBT+ voices and issues. Our goals are liberation, collaboration, and intersectionality. We are committed to bringing together the writing and other creative output of LGBT+ students, especially those who face oppression on multiple axes and who are most often spoken over.


Now is a time for coming together, and we hope the zine website will help by creating a space to share thoughts and ideas with each other throughout the long vacation. We’ll be looking to post fairly regular submissions, and you can send us anything – articles, short stories, poetry, art, whatever! Here are some topical and important subjects you might like to write on, though you can send us anything you like:

Life in lockdown
Pride (in general, and this year specifically)
Justice and the Black Lives Matter movement

We also hope to make and publish a zine at the beginning of Michaelmas with some of your lockdown writing. Its theme will be Connection, but as with the website we’re happy to accept writing on any topic. The current situation gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the importance and complexities of connection, in general and across the LGBTQ+ community. Our links to each other are more important than ever, and we want to hear your thoughts on this. The deadline for zine submissions is the 31st of August. Go wild! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Here are some prompts and a Pinterest board to get you started.
prompts Google doc
Pinterest board

When you send your submissions to lgbt-editor@cusu.cam.ac.uk, please let us know if you’d like your piece(s) to be published to the website, in the zine, or both! We’d like the zine to be a summary of Easter and summer at home, so we’re happy to publish pieces twice. Stay safe, and have fun writing/creating!