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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Transgender Day of Remembrance

International Transgender Day of Remembrance

Every year on November the 20th, we remember and honour the lives of trans and gender-diverse people reported murdered in the past 12 months.

Durham University aims to make all staff and students feel welcome, safe, supported and valued. This is part of our ongoing work to foster an inclusive culture of respect. To this end, through our policies and initiatives we endeavour to create an environment in which gender diverse and trans identifying individuals can utilise their skills and talents to the full without fear of prejudice, bullying and harassment.

You can find a copy of our Gender Identity Policy here, it includes guidance on supporting staff and students going through transition or gender reassignment. If you are looking for additional support, community contact, or information and resources some of the links below might be helpful:

TransUnite “is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Our easy to use, mobile friendly directory connects you to an established network of trans support groups near you. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues to share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people at all stages of the transition”.

The National Trans Youth Network is a “network of trans youth groups across the UK. We represent young trans people across all areas of the UK, with groups from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We also represent the people who work with young trans people in their groups, and some groups who support young LGBTQ people generally”.

GIRES is a “volunteer operated membership charity that, in collaboration with the other groups in its field, hears, helps, empowers and gives a voice to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families”. GIRES offers an e-learning course to help professionals and families understand the needs of young gender non-conforming young people and e-learning modules to help professionals and families understand the needs of these young people. These resources cover an introduction to gender variance and basic terminology; how to create trans-inclusive workplaces and specific guidance on how to support an employee who transitions at work; and how to provide trans-inclusive services.

Stonewall offers information and support for LGBT communities and their allies, including a telephone information service and local resources. The organisations LGBT in Britain TRANS REPORT “investigates the specific experiences of the 871 trans and non-binary people who took part, across a range of areas of life in Britain. The study looks at the discrimination trans people face in their daily lives. It also looks at their home life and access to medical support for transition”.

The National LGB&T Partnership Trans Health Factsheets promote “the health and wellbeing of trans people; provide trans people with basic information about key aspects of good health and wellbeing and how secure it; and signpost sources of information and support”.

The Galop LGBT+ anti-violence charity webpage provides advice and information on transphobia and transphobic hate crime.