Millar and Reed’s dual Facebook account, ‘Jaz Ashley’, has been dormant a day since Reed’s departure. However, a spokesman for the student union has confirmed to The Yorker that there will not be a by-election and that Millar will continue as the sole LGBTQ Officer.
Reed, the transgender rights activist and founder of the satirical website Campus Rag, stated that the abuse they had received since becoming the LGBTQ Officer made them “scared to be on campus and has completely destroyed any sense of happiness [they] once had” and that they would be avoiding campus-based activism for some time.
The LGBTQ Network intends to support Millar throughout their tenure. Luke Elliot, the Secretary of the LGBTQ Network, said:
After consulting with YUSU staff, we are confident that Jaz is eligible to continue as our LGBTQ Officer. They were elected, along with Ashley, for their policies and these have not changed with recent events. As a committee, we are committed to supporting Jaz in delivering on their election manifesto and we look forward to working with them over the coming year.
To read Jaz and Ashley’s 2016 election manifesto, click here.