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Trans Day of Visibility 2021

Wednesday 31 March 2021
The Parkinson Building lit up in Trans Flag colours

The Parkinson Building lit up in the Trans Flag colours

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.


Trans Flag

The Trans Flag

Stonewall 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

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Trans Pride in Leeds 

Around Trans Day of VisibilityTrans Pride Leeds organise a pride march of trans, non-binary and intersex people.  Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the 2021 programme has been postponed. 

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 Transgender Spaces, you can book a place via Eventbrite

Poster highlighting 5 Things You Should Know About Trans People: 1. Not all trans people identify as male or female. Trans people have all sorts of different identities outside the gender binary. 2. Trans folks actually have many different sexual orientations. Gender identity and sexual orientation are separate spectra. Learn more at 3. Trans people led the Stonewall Riots. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson were two among many trans women of color who were on the front lines. 4. Not all trans people want surgery and even fewer get surgery. 5. The word transgender was popularized by activist virginia prince in 1969. She first published the word in the december 1969 issue of “Transvestia”.

Resource taken from Trans Student Educational Resources:



Societies and Networks

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LGBT+ stafff network

Contact the LGBT+ Staff Network, to find more information and details of activities and events.

Student can contact the Leeds University Union LGBT+ Society, to find information about activities and how to join.

Trans/Non-binary/Intersex meet-up  

The Trans/Non-binary/Intersex staff meet-up group is open to PGR students and staff. For further details, please email: 

Additional support   

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