Trans Day of Visibility 2021
International Transgender Day of Visibility, this Wednesday, 31 March, shines a spotlight on trans and gender non-conforming people around the globe, celebrating their achievements as well as raising awareness of the issues this diverse community faces including combating transphobia, discrimination, bullying and harassment.
We are committed to marking Transgender Day of Visibility at Queen Mary as we want to create an environment where trans and non-binary people can be themselves and are treated with kindness, dignity and respect. As part of our commitment to trans and non-binary inclusion we are reviewing our systems to ensure they are inclusive of trans and non-binary identities. We are in the process of developing guidance for staff and students that provides information on navigating Queen Mary systems, information on how to update your name, gender and title on our systems and available support at the University.
These documents are currently under consultation and we hope to have the documents published by September 2021 ahead of the start of the new academic year.
What can you do to support the trans community at Queen Mary?
- Read and share our Being a Trans Ally leaflet: find out what we mean by ‘trans’ and what you can do to be a trans ally.
- Read and share our #PronounsMatter leaflet: find out what pronouns are, how to use them, and why they matter as well as how you can show your support for gender diverse staff and students.
- Read and share our Trans Inclusion Policy Statement [PDF 890KB]
- Become an LGBTQA+ Role Model: you can contact George Lonergan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Internal Resources and Support
- Dignity and Respect Champions – more information coming soon.
- Report and Support
Community safety charity for LGBT people giving advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. Galop also supports LGBT who encounter problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
A UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.
A not-for-profit Community Interest Company. Their aim to increase understandings of gender diversity. GI work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives, specialising in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.
Supports young gender variant people.
PFC is a key lobbying and legal support organisation for Trans people in the UK. They provide legal advice, training, and research for trans people, their representatives. PFC has worked regularly with the government and partner trans organisations to inform government legislation affecting the trans community.
Switchboard is a helpline provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT.
A trans led, voluntary organisation that works with trans people to explore feelings and decisions around bodies, sexual health and intimacy. TransBareAll believes in improving the health and wellbeing of trans people and provide a space for trans people to discuss and explore things that impacts their lives.
A comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. TransUnite connects you to a network of groups throughout England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland and can be split into physical local and online groups.