Tamzin, Student Wellbeing Champion, tells us more about Trans Day of Visibility and how you can show your support for the transgender community.
Saturday 31 March is Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), part of the LGBT+ awareness days. 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
You can also join the movement on Facebook here and use the hashtags #TransVisibility #TransResistance #TDOV #MoreThanVisibility
Support to transition
The University operates a Zero Tolerance policy on Transphobia
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 Walk-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.
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.
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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Tamzin, Wellbeing Champion.
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