Transgender Awareness Week

Monday 15th of November marks the beginning of Transgender Awareness Week, a celebration of transgender people and their lives. The week culminates in Transgender Day of Remembrance on Saturday 20th which is an opportunity to reflect and memorialise those lives lost to transphobic violence.

Why do we celebrate Transgender Awareness Week?

Transgender Awareness Week is an opportunity to show support for transgender students and staff, to encourage openness and allyship in the university community and to encourage honest conversations around the struggles that transgender people face. In the UK, trans people regularly deal with abuse and inequality in their daily lives.

Stonewall cites that:

  • Two in five trans people (41%) have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity.
  • More than a third of trans students (36%) faced negative comments or conduct from staff at universities because they’re LGBT.
  • Seven in ten trans people (70%) report being impacted by transphobia when accessing general health services.
  • One in four trans people (26%) aren’t open with anyone at work about being trans.

This inability to live openly without fear of violence or discrimination is why Transgender Awareness Week is essential. For trans students and staff at the University, it is a chance to feel recognised by their place of work or education and to meet others undergoing similar experiences. For the allies, it is a chance to further educate themselves on the trans experience and learn how to better support their trans friends, classmates and colleagues. 

What support is available?

Gender identity can and should be explored without fear. The University will support you if you are transitioning or have questions about your gender identity. Students can request their preferred name be used throughout their time at university and are not required to provide any legal documentation to do this. For more information and advice, contact [email protected].

The Students’ Union’s LGBT+ society provide a social and support network for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities at the University.

Transgender Awareness Week Events

On Friday 19th November 9.30 am – 11.00 am, the Students’ Union will host a virtual coffee morning to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. You can find more information and contribute to the Digital Reflection Book here.

On Saturday 20th November at 2.30pm, Pride Cymru – in association with Welsh Trans Alliance – have organised a vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance. This will take place on the steps of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. There will be speakers present, as well as opportunities for attendees to reflect and discuss their experiences. For further details, check here.

Further support

Trans Support and Resources

Find a transgender support group in your area: Trans Unite

Support for transgender people in Wales: Wales Trans Resources

FAQs about what it means to be transgender and where the UK stands in its treatment of transgender people: Stonewall - The Truth About Trans

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