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Wednesday 31 March 2021 marks Trans Day of Visibility (TDoV), which takes place every year to celebrate trans and non-binary people, and raise awareness of discrimination faced by trans people worldwide. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.
TDoV recognises the diverse group of trans people of all genders, sexualities, ages, disabilities, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and trans people at all stages of their transition.
To mark Trans Day of Visibility, the Parkinson building will be lit up in the colours of the trans flag on 31 March.
Stonewall have developed a Q&A to answer some of the common questions that get asked about trans people and to tackle some of those myths and misconceptions you might have seen in the media. You may wish to share this with colleagues and networks.
Did you know?
The UK’s first National Trans Conference took place at the University of Leeds in 1974. It was organised by the Beaumont Society, a support group founded in 1966 for trans people assigned male at birth. The conference featured talks and discussions and a variety of social events. You can find out more about this event on the West Yorkshire Queer Stories website.
LGBT+ Role Models
At the University of Leeds we know that visible role models are important, and that they can help to encourage, influence and develop others. We also know it is important for staff and students to see people like them at all levels within our University, to demonstrate that it’s possible to be comfortable and successful at work without compromising on who you are. Our role models come from all LGBT+ communities, including trans staff.
Read more from our inspirational role models.
If you would like to feature on our role models webpage, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trans Pride in Leeds
Around Trans Day of Visibility, Trans Pride Leeds organise a pride march of trans, non-binary and intersex people. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the 2021 programme has been postponed. Keep an eye on their webpage for further updates.
Transgender Spaces, Wednesday 31 March, 4-5.30pm
To mark International Transgender Day of Visibility, the LGBTQ+ Students’ Forum of the School of Geography is hosting the event Transgender Spaces. The event features two speakers, each of whom will speak for 15 minutes, with plenty of time allocated for questions and discussion.
- Dr Sage Brice, Durham University
Transindivdual ecologies: towards a trans methodology for multi-species geographies
- Dr Rae Rosenberg, University of Edinburgh
Cultural geographies of gendered exclusions: Iterations of transmisogyny in queer urban space
If you are interested in attending, you can book a place via Eventbrite
Societies and Networks
If you would like to contact the LGBT+ Staff Network, you can find more information and details of activities and events here:
If you are a student and would like to join the Leeds University Union LGBT+ Society, you can find information about activities and how to join here:
The Trans/Non-binary/Intersex staff meet-up group is open to PGR students and staff. For further details, please email: email@example.com
- Trans Awareness Resources
- Gender Neutral Toilets across campus
- Policy on Dignity and Mutual Respect
- Family friendly policies
- TransEDU – resources for trans staff and students
- The Beaumont Society – the largest transgender support group in the UK
- GIRES – an organisation working to improve the lives of trans and non-binary people, their friends, families and colleagues
- GenderTrust – a charity supporting people affected by gender identity issues
- Depend – advice, information and support for adults with a trans partner, friend or adult family member