De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has united with organisations across the country in a public show of support for trans equality.
Launching today (Monday 14 September), DMU has agreed to be a signatory to the new campaign ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’ led by Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality.
Stonewall has praised DMU, saying it sends out a ‘powerful message to trans communities that they are welcome and accepted’ and has called for others to follow the university’s lead.
A new website has been launched showcasing the support of all the organisations that are involved with the new initiative, joining together to show ‘We value trans people as our employees, colleagues and customers.’
It follows the announcement earlier this year that named DMU as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2020.
Robbie de Santos, Head of Communications and Campaigns, Stonewall, said: “We’re proud to see De Montfort University Leicester ‘come out’ for trans equality today.
“DMU is sending a powerful message to trans communities that they are welcome and accepted.
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“If we want to live in a world where every trans person can be themselves, we need more organisations to follow De Montfort University’s lead in using their voice to create more inclusive communities.”
Chris Hall, Head of Diversity and Equality said: “We fundamentally support the rights of transgender staff and students.
“Our trans policy at DMU very clearly says we respect the rights of trans, non binary and gender fluid people and we will support trans people in living the life which they want to live.
“We support all our staff and students and say ‘as a trans person or a person with a trans background you would be very welcome to come to DMU to work or study’.
“We have the commitment to provide a safe place to work and study regardless of your identity and that is something DMU is very firm upon,” he continued.
More than 100 companies have joined the campaign with DMU, including Disney, Microsoft, Aviva and Sky.
Stonewall was founded in 1989 to break down barriers to equality, working to create a world where every person can be accepted, without exception.
To get involved visit www.stonewall.org.uk
Posted on Monday 14 September 2020