Trans Day of Visibility 2020

Tuesday 31 March 2020 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.

At the University of Leeds, we are committed to building a university community where all trans and non-binary staff & students can flourish.

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.

Trans Flag

The Trans Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Anja Komatar, Co-Chair of the University’s LGBT+ Staff Network, said:

Over the past year the LGBT+ staff network has worked with the University to progress trans inclusion in a number of ways, for example, having adopted Transleeds as our charity of the year, establishing monthly Trans, Non-Binary & Intersex meet-ups, and holding a vigil at the Chaplaincy to mark Trans Day of Remembrance. It is important that we continue to provide visible and practical support for our trans community, and I am proud that the network is leading the way in this. In particular, we would like to amplify the voices of trans people, so please get in touch if you would like to help shape the network going forward

Trans 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.  

Read more from our inspirational trans role models 

If you would like to feature on our role models webpage, get in touch with us at equality@leeds.ac.uk 

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 www.transstudent.org/gender. 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: transstudent.org/graphics

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. To support this, we developed a Trans Equality Policy in 2017. 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. 

We are currently reviewing the policy and supporting guidance, in collaboration with our trans community, and will publish this in due course.

Trans Pride in Leeds 

Around Trans Day of VisibilityTrans Pride Leeds organise a pride march of trans, non-binary and intersex people. Unfortunately the 2020 programme has been postponed. Keep an eye on their webpage for further updates.

Trans/Non-binary/Intersex meet-up  

A Trans/Non-binary/Intersex staff meet-up group has recently started at the University. This is open to PGR students and staff. For further details, please email: trans@leeds.ac.uk 

Additional support   

For questions about the information on this page, please contact: equality@leeds.ac.uk 

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