Health and Wellbeing

Trans Day of Remembrance

Jo from the Wellbeing Team talks about Transgender Awareness Week (12-19 November) and Trans Day of Remembrance (20 November)

Transgender Awareness Weekis an annual event, which aims to raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address some of the issues this community faces.

After Transgender Awareness Week is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Terminology:

TRANS is an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.
Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, gender-queer (GQ), gender-fluid, non-binary, gender-variant, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, third gender, two-spirit, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman,trans masculine, trans feminine.

TRANSITIONING relates to the steps a trans person may take to live in the gender with which they identify. Each person’s transition will involve different things. For some this involves medical intervention, such as hormone therapy and surgeries, but not all trans people want or are able to have this. Transitioning also might involve things such as telling friends and family, dressing differently and changing official documents.

Trans Landscape

Recent years have seen huge strides for trans visibility, with an increase in coverage in mainstream media about people who are transgender and many high-profile ‘comings out’ and breakthrough moments on TV and more inclusive story lines, that signal that attitudes towards trans people have been shifting.

However, unfortunately, this increased visibility has not yet translated to acceptance and inclusivity. Trans people are still subject to profound discrimination, rejection, hostility and violence.

According to NUS Research, transgender University students are much more likely to suffer bullying and harassment, experience more physical and mental health problems and are twice as likely to have considered dropping out of University.

Join us with Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridgeis a Victim Support run service that specifically supports victims of domestic abuse who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The team provides emotional support, practical advice and advocacy tailored to each individual accessing their service. Their goal is to support and empower victims of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ community.

Rainbow Bridge, along with members of the Student Wellbeing Team will be recognising Trans Day of Remembrance by holding a stand in the VJ Gallery, Main Building.

Please come to the stand to talk to the teams on 20 November. There will also be information on how to access support through Rainbow Bridge and the University and Students’ Union Support Services.

  • 20 November
  • VJ Gallery, Main Build
  • 13:30 – 15:00.

Come to the Candle Light Vigil

Pride Cymru and Cardiff University will be marking this important date, to remember the people who have died. There will be a remembrance service and candle light vigil, and the Trans Flag will be flying about Main Building for the day.

The event will display the names of those individuals the trans community has lost around the world in the past twelve months and will commemorate the lives of the people who have tragically been lost in Cardiff. Music will be provided by the Cardiff Trans Singers and there will be refreshments available from 17:00.

  • 20 November
  • VJ Gallery, Main Build
  • 17:30.

Support to transition

If you are trans and you would like support with transitioning at Uni, please know that the University has supported many students who have transitioned and there are procedures in place to try to make things as easy as possible.

Please email me at pinderj2@cardiff.ac.ukin Student Support Services, as I will be able to provide support and guidance throughout the process of transitioning.

Another good start is to take a look at the Student Intranet page: Support for trans and non-binary students, where you will also find the University’s Trans Policy.

Emotional and Practical Support is available.

Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service

The University’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service is available to provide support.

If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  We can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small, be it related to being trans, your gender identity, transitioning at University, or something else entirely.

The team offers bookable appointments via an online self-referral form, as well as a daily Drop-In Service called ‘Wellbeing Drop-In’, between 15:00-15:45, Monday–Friday and on Wednesday mornings between 09:30-10:15 at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place.

All of the staff will listen, without judgement, and offer support in a safe, confidential space.

LGBT+ Officers

Chat to your LGBT+ Officers by attending a drop-in, connecting with them on social media (details of social media accounts can be found on the Campaign Officer web pages here), or contacting the officers at:

Josh: LGBTofficer@cardiff.ac.ukorHannah:LGBTWomensOfficer@cardiff.ac.uk

CU Pride Society

CU Prideis a LGBT+ society that provides social events and a safe space to talk about any issues. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or contact them at: LGBT@cardiff.ac.uk

LGBT+ Association

Representing LGBT+ issues as well as campaigning for change on campus and running various events, the LGBT+ association is available for whatever you might need them for. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or email them at: LGBTAssociation@cardiff.ac.uk

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridgeis a Victim Support run service that specifically supports victims of domestic abuse who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. The team provides emotional support, practical advice and advocacy tailored to each individual accessing their service. Their goal is to support and empower victims of domestic abuse within the LGBT+ community.

Appointments from the Rainbow Bridge Team are available monthly, at the Student Support Centre, on the last Tuesday evening of every month. Their appointments can be accessed either face-to-face or via telephone.

Search ‘Rainbow Bridge’ on the student intranet.

You can also contact the team directly for support:

Wellbeing Champions

If talking to a member of staff is something you are not sure about, why not chat to one of our Student Wellbeing Champions. They are trained student volunteers who can signpost you to support, offer you a ‘Peer Ear’ and give you basic health and wellbeing advice.

Find out more here

Nightline

Offering a confidential listening ear from 20:00-08:00 (term-time only).

Call them on 02920 870 555 or click here to chat on their instant messaging service.

Umbrella Cymru

Umbrella provide support for anyone who identifies as LGBT+ or is questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Find them online hereor email them on support@umbrellacymru.co.ukor info@umbrellacymru.co.uk.

Stonewall Cymru

Stonewall is the UK’s largest LGBT+ charity and offers advice on anything related to LGBT+. Find information at www.stonewallcymru.org.ukor www.stonewall.org.uk.

Out and Proud

Out and Proud is a chance to meet other young LGBT+ people aged 13-21. It offers peer support for anyone who is LGBT+. Find more information here.

The LGBT Foundation

The LGBT Foundation work to support LGBT+ people including help with healthcare. Find more information here or call them on 03453303030.

National Hate Crime Support

Victim Support run the National Hate Crime Report and Support Centrewhich provides free and confidential emotional and practical support to victims of Hate Crime. This covers anyone who feels like they have been targeted because of their race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Additionally, they are a third-party reporting centre, meaning you can report hate crimes to them and have the right to remain anonymous. You do not have to report the incident to the police to receive support from the team and the team can report these incidents to the police on your behalf if needed.

Appointments from the National Hate Crime Support Team are available monthly, at the Student Support Centre, on the last Tuesday evening of every month.

Search ‘Hate Crime’ on the Student intranet.

You can also contact the team directly for support:

Disclosure Response Team

You can access a range of support options from the university’s Disclosure Response Team if you are affected by any form of violence and abuse, including sexual assault, rape, harassment, hate crime, relationship abuse, stalking and any other form of unacceptable behaviour.

Find out more about the support available from the Disclosure Response Team here.

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Best wishes,

Jo, Student Wellbeing Team.

Your Student Life, Supported.

The Student Support Centre has a range of services dedicated to helping students make the most of their time at University, including: Advice & MoneyCareers & EmployabilityCounselling, Health & WellbeingDisability & Dyslexia and International Student Support.

The Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.

For further details of services, events, opening times and more find us on the University Intranet.

 

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