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.
DMU is proud to support trans and gender non-confirming staff and students and is signatory to the 'Trans Rights are Human Rights' campaign led by Stonewall, Britain's leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality, as well as being a Stonewall top 100 employer.
To highlight trans issues, we recently held a number of events for #DMUpride 2022, which included:
- A conversation with Eva Echo, an activist, public speaker and blogger with a focus on transgender rights who shared her own experiences to shed light on what it is to be transgender and to challenge the obstacles that may be encountered by gender-diverse people within today's society.
- Charlie Martin - a British racing driver and LGBTQ+ activist, who made LGBTQ+ history as the first ever transgender driver to compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24hr Nürburgring-Rennen, where she finished 4th in class racing a BMW M240i - who talked about the huge adversity that she overcome since transitioning mid-way through her career. You can watch back a recording of the event, which is available to view until Friday 8 April.
Protecting and supporting Trans, gender fluid and non-binary staff and students
We have revised the policy on Protecting and supporting Trans, gender fluid and non-binary staff and students, talking to staff and students through focus groups and ensuring that terminology was updated and the format was as user friendly as possible.
You can access the guidance to support trans and non-binary staff and students here, and also find a guide on how to be a good LGBTQ+ ally here.
Join the LGBTQ+ Society
Students can join the De Montfort Student’s Union’s LGBTQ+ Society, welfare/social group for anyone who identifies as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or any other identity which comes under the LGBTQ+ banner.
To find out more and join the LGBTQ+ Society, click here.
Posted on Tuesday 29th March 2022