Trans Day of Remembrance 2019

On Wednesday 20 November the University will mark Trans Day of Remembrance, a day to remember trans and non-binary people who have been murdered as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of transphobic violence worldwide.  

This year marks the official 20th anniversary of Trans Day of Remembrance, which started in 1999. In the last 12 months, at least 369 trans and gender-diverse people were reported killed worldwide. 

The University will mark the day by lighting up the Parkinson Building in the colours of the trans flag, which will be visible later in the afternoon. 

Events in Leeds

A vigil will be held on campus at the Claire Chapel at the Emmanuel Centre, from 10.45am – 11.30am on Wednesday 20 November, including a minute’s silence and a reading of the names of the deceased.   

Open to all – please just come along. Tea and coffee will be available at the end of the vigil.

An external event will take place starting at the Leeds General Infirmary at 6pm on 20 November, open to all members of the LGBT+ community, allies and others who wish to join. Full details can be found on the Leeds Inspired website.

Trans / Non-binary / Intersex meet-up  

A Trans/Non-binary/Intersex staff meet-up group has recently started at the University. The next meeting is on Thursday 5 December, 12.30 – 2pm. Further details can be obtained from PGRs are welcome to attend.  

 University Trans Equality Policy and Guidance  

The University celebrates and values the diversity of its staff and students and believes that the employment and inclusion of trans people at all levels of responsibility and trans students within our community will enrich our University environment.  The University will treat all trans employees and students with respect and strive to provide a positive working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation, to enable them to achieve the best outcomes.  

To support this, we have developed a Trans Equality Policy. This sets out our commitment, intent and principles for trans equality, and it applies to all our prospective applicants for employment and study, employees and students, contractors, visitors and partners.  In collaboration with staff and students, we have also developed Guidance to support our trans staff and students. This provides practical guidance to support the implementation of the Trans Equality Policy.  

Don’t forget, there is also the Trans Awareness resources page which provides lots of useful information.

 For questions about the information on this page, please email