Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, tells us more about Trans Day of Visibility and how you can show your support for the transgender community.
Sunday 31st March is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), part of the LGBT+ awareness days – but this year it will be celebrated on Friday March 29th. TDOV is an opportunity to celebrate diversity and show your encouragement and support for trans rights and the trans community. The day itself aims to make people more aware of the accomplishments of trans people all over the world, and to fight prejudice and transphobia by spreading awareness and understanding. This is a day to feel empowered and to give the trans community the recognition it deserves!
Visibility is not about being seen as an individual, it’s working together to transform society.
Transgender Day of Visibility is so important today. This year’s theme is Surviving and Thriving and highlights transgender achievements. Not only are transgender people surviving under Trump, but they are striving to change the way people think about gender all around the world. Speak out, take direct action and educate others. These actions are important to the safety and wellbeing of the trans community. Visibility is important but is not enough to bring about liberation, action must be taken against transphobia in order to achieve this.
“In the increasingly transphobic global political climate, we must use our newfound visibility to mobilise trans people against oppression.”
How you can show your support
In support you can:
- Tell people when they say something transphobic or cissexist
- Learn trans terminology
- Recognise the intersections between transness and other identities (like race)
- Know the differences between gender identity, gender expression, sex assigned at birth, emotional attraction and sexuality
- Learn about trans history
The University operates a Zero Tolerance policy on Transphobia
This means that transphobic abuse, harassment or bullying (including name-calling / derogatory jokes) will be dealt with under the Dignity at Work and Study Policy, as a disciplinary offence.
To ‘out’ someone without their permission is a form of harassment and, possibly, a criminal offence, and will be treated by the University as such.
If you have suffered transphobic abuse, or any kind of hate crime, the South Wales Victim Focus Team is available on the last Tuesday of every month in the Student Support Centre (50 Park Place), between 17:30-19:30, offering bookable appointments to provide support and advice, and to empower people to report hate crimes.
If you have suffered transphobic abuse, or been a victim of any form of Hate Crime, then you can access this free service to gain support, or to report an incident. This can also be a helpful means of support if you do not wish to inform the police.
Advice and support for students experiencing harassment, bullying or discrimination as a result of their trans status is also available at the Student Support at 50 Park Place, and also from the University’s Equality and Diversity Manager.
Emotional and Practical Support is available
The University’s Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service is available to provide support for LGBT+ students.
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 or LGB+, gender identity, transitioning at University, or something else entirely.
We offer bookable appointments via our online referral questionnaire, 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 our staff will listen, without judgement, and offer support in a safe, confidential space.
New Support Pathway for trans students
If you are a trans student and would like to access any kind of support in relation to transitioning at University, you can request support by filling in a short, online form, here. This form will be accessed by dedicated staff within the Wellbeing Team only and will be treated as strictly confidential. You will be buddied with a dedicated contact who will meet with you to provide advice and to explore all options of potentially relevant practical support for you. The member of staff will also be able to remain your point of contact for all further support needs afterwards.
If you would like to ask any questions or you require support but would prefer not to fill in this form, please don’t hesitate to email the team instead, at: TransCU@Cardiff.ac.uk.This email account will be accessed by dedicated staff within the team only and will be treated as strictly confidential.
If you would like to get in touch with the team to tell them about your situation or experiences or to give feedback about being trans at Cardiff University but would prefer to remain anonymous, please fill in their Anonymous Contact form, here.
As part of our work to support our student and staff trans community, we are looking to facilitate the creation of a space, for anyone who identifies with the many identities that can fall under the term trans.
The space will be available on the third Tuesday of every month, 17:30 – 19:00, and the intention is for the space to be shaped by its members, to meet the needs of everybody and to be something that everyone enjoys.
Please look out for further news on how you can access the Trans Space – coming soon!
Or, if you have any questions, please email TransSpace@cardiff.ac.uk. This email account will be accessed by two contacts (Jo Pinder, Student Support and Wellbeing and Karen Cooke, Chair of Enfys; the Staff LGBT+ Network). All messages will be treated as strictly confidential.
We are also inviting interest from anybody who identifies as trans, who might be interested in being a part of the space as a Trans Space Contact – i.e. a point of contact for enquiries about the space. If you are interested in volunteering as a Trans Space Contact, or would simply like to find out more, please get in touch by email, at TransSpace@cardiff.ac.uk. This email account will be accessed by Jo Pinder and Karen Cooke, as above. All messages will be treated as strictly confidential.
LGBT+ Peer Support
LGBT+ Champions are students who undertake training in the essentials of peer support, plus specific LGBT+-awareness training, in order to be able to offer wellbeing-related and practical peer support to fellow LGBT+ students.
If you’d like to access support from a fellow student who identifies as LGBT+, you can connect with an LGBT+ Champion in a one-to-one or group setting, in person or online.
Please look out for further news on how you can access support from an LGBT+ Champion – coming soon!
If you identify as LGBT+ and are interested in volunteering as an LGBT+ Champion yourself, we would love to hear from you! Please register your interest in becoming an LGBT+ Champion, here.
If you have any questions about the LGBT+ Champion Programme, please email email@example.com
Rainbow Bridge is an LGBT+ Support Organisation which offers free and confidential support to anybody experiencing or affected by domestic abuse who identifies as LGBT+. The Rainbow Bridge Team is available to Cardiff Uni students at the Student Support centre (50 Park Place) on the last Tuesday of every month, between 17:30-19:30. The team can provide emotional support, practical support, advice and information.
Or call 0300 3031 982 or email RainbowBridge@victimsupport.org.uk to find out more.
The LGBT+ Society, CU Pride, and the elected Student LGBT+ Officers are also here to provide advice and support. CU Pride welcomes everyone, regardless of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation. To join their mailing list anonymously, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For any additional help, advice about university policies regarding LGBT+ issues, or for information regarding upcoming campaigns please visit the association facebook page or contact one of the current LGBT+ Officers
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