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International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility takes place annually on 31 March each year and celebrates transgender and gender non-conforming people, their contributions to society and raises awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. 

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DMU is proud to support trans and gender non-confirming staff and students and in addition to being a Stonewall top 100 employer, is also a signatory to the ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’ campaign led by Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. 

To highlight trans issues, we recently held a number of events for #DMUpride and the Cultural Exchanges festival, which included:

  • Personal stories and the contribution of academic research around Trans athletes' participation in sport; athletes on the panel shared their journeys, the challenges they have faced and how they feel sport could become more inclusive towards the transgender community. 
  • A conversation with Jamie Windhurst, author and contributing editor at Gay Times, who discussed creative industries and their inclusivity and accessibility for trans and gender non-binary people.

Bethan Rogoyski, Chair of the DMU LGBTQ+ and Allies Network Group said: “We are proud to be raising awareness on Transgender Day of Visibility, and continue to appreciate the authenticity and diversity of our staff and students at DMU. As part of this, we will be commencing the review of the Trans Policy in April, and welcome the variety of opinions that will improve inclusivity across the LGBTQ+ community.” 

We will be commencing the review of the ‘Policy on support and procedures for trans, gender fluid and non-binary staff and students’ at the LGBTQ+ Staff Network meeting on 15 April, please contact to register.  Following this, we will develop a working group through which we will also consult with students – please e-mail if you would like to be contacted once these dates are arranged.

Posted on Wednesday 31st March 2021

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