Transgender Day of Remembrance: Monday 20 November


Transgender Day of Remembrance is commemorated each year on 20 November, since 1999. The day honours the memory of those who have lost their lives as a result of transphobia and anti-transgender violence.

DMU is committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity and our LGBTQ+ inclusive policies such as our ‘Protecting and supporting Trans, gender fluid and non-binary staff and students’ policy is testament to this.

Transgender Day of Remembrance MAIN

Shushma Patel, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Student Experience and Dean of the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media said: “Transgender Day of remembrance is an important date in the calendar, where we remember and commemorate those who have tragically lost their lives to transphobia.

“There is no space for hate at DMU and we value and support all our trans and non-binary staff and students. We are committed to providing them with a safe and inclusive environment to work, study and be their true selves and this is supported by a number of policies that we have.”

DMU Women co-chairs Nicky Hudson, Shalini Bisani, and Marie-Josee Bisson said: “The DMU women’s network is an inclusive and diverse community and welcomes anyone who identifies as a woman, including our trans and gender fluid staff. We continue to ensure all the work that we undertake as a network is fully inclusive.”

Resources, facilities and networks

Staff and students are able to use single sex facilities according to the gender they identify with. Gender neutral changing facilities and toilets are also available across campus for any member of staff or students to use, should they prefer. People who identify as non-binary may use facilities of their choice.

Stonewall

DMU is proud to support trans and non-binary students and in addition to being a Stonewall top 100 employer, we have pledged our support to the ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’ campaign led by Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. Visit the Stonewall website to find a beginner’s guide to using pronouns.

How to report transphobia and support available

DMU’s No Space for Hate project reinforces our commitment to challenge inappropriate behaviours and provide practical support to students who are victims, survivors or witnesses of hate or harassment. This comprises of a policy, website, anonymous reporting tool, a specialised service which outlines support and reporting options, specialist staff within Security and new mandatory training for staff involved in the disciplinary process.

Posted on Monday 20th November 2023

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