13 – 19 November
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Transgender Awareness Week
SUSU supports our Transgender student community this Transgender Awareness Week and beyond. Monday 13 – Sunday 19 November marks Transgender Awareness Week, followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday 20 November.
This week, let us all stand in solidarity, supporting the Transgender community, celebrating their successes, and raising awareness of the issues that affect them.
Transgender Awareness Week 2023
Monday 13 – Sunday 19 November marks Transgender Awareness Week, followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday 20 November.
Transgender Day of Remembrance commemorates all transgender people lost to violence.
Free pronoun badges are available to collect from the Welfare Room (Level 3, B40), SUSU main reception (B42) and The SUSU Shop (B57). The badges we have available are he/him, she/her, they/them, and a blank badge for you to write your own choice of pronouns on.
Trans Awareness Week Events
Monday 13 November, 09:30
Head to Jubilee Plaza at Highfield Campus to see the Transgender Flag raised in honor of Transgender Awareness Week.
Safe Listening Space
Wednesday 15 November, 13:00 - 14:00
Transgender Awareness Week Tea & Talk
Thursday 16 November, 18:00 - 20:00
Below Deck (Level 2 B42)
A safe space and open forum for talks and discussions around Transgender Awareness. There will also be a charity stall selling Tea & Cake with all proceeds going to Mermaids UK
GIAG Workshop: Raise a Mug
Friday 17 November
Concourse (Level 4 B42)
This Transgender awareness week Mermaids, a UK based LGBTQ+ charity are running a Raise a Mug campaign so come along and paint a mug with RAG to support the Transgender community. All ticket sales from this event will be donated to Mermaids UK. Find out more and book your space HERE
Tree of Solidarity
Monday 13 - Sunday 19 November
Concourse (Level 4 B42)
The Tree of Solidarity is a place for people of the Trans Community or Allys of the community to share their stories and messages. Available all week for you to share your messages.
LGBTQ+ Society welcome anyone from any gender or sexual minority to join their society, and even allies who wish to support the community.
Trans/Cis Gender Terminology
Our LGBTQ+ Officer 2020-21 shared a beginners guide to some of the terminology you might hear.
Transgender (Trans): Encompassing term of many gender identities of those who do not identify or exclusively identify with their sex assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy or how one is perceived in daily life. Note that transgender does not have an “ed” at the end.
Cisgender (Cis): Term for someone who exclusively identifies as their sex assigned at birth. The term cisgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life.
Cissexism: Systemic prejudice in the favor of cisgender people.
Queer: A term for people of marginalized gender identities and sexual orientations who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual. This term has a complicated history as a reclaimed slur.
Gender Expression/Presentation: The physical manifestation of one’s gender identity through clothing, hairstyle, voice, body shape, etc. (typically referred to as masculine or feminine). Many transgender people seek to make their gender expression (how they look) match their gender identity (who they are), rather than their sex assigned at birth. Someone with a gender nonconforming gender expression may or may not be transgender.
Gender Identity: One’s internal sense of being male, female, neither of these, both, or other gender(s). Everyone has a gender identity, including you. For transgender people, their sex assigned at birth and their gender identity are not necessarily the same.
Sex Assigned at Birth: The assignment and classification of people as male, female, intersex, or another sex assigned at birth often based on physical anatomy at birth and/or karyotyping. This includes: Assigned Female at Birth (AFAB) and Assigned Male at Birth (AMAB).
Sexual Orientation: A person’s physical, romantic, emotional, aesthetic, and/or other form of attraction to others. In Western cultures, gender identity and sexual orientation are not the same. Trans people can be straight, bisexual, lesbian, gay, asexual, pansexual, queer, etc. just like anyone else. For example, a trans woman who is exclusively attracted to other women would often identify as lesbian.
Transition: A person’s process of developing and assuming a gender expression to match their gender identity. Transition can include: coming out to one’s family, friends, and/or co-workers; changing one’s name and/or sex on legal documents; hormone therapy; and possibly (though not always) some form of surgery. It’s best not to assume how one transitions as it is different for everyone.
Queer: Umbrella term for gender and sexual minorities who are not cisgender and/or heterosexual. There is a lot of overlap between queer and trans identities, but not all queer people are trans and not all trans people are queer. The word queer is still sometimes used as a hateful slur, so although it has mostly been reclaimed, be careful with its use.
Transphobia: Systemic violence against trans people, associated with attitudes such as fear, discomfort, distrust, or disdain. This word is used similarly to homophobia, xenophobia, misogyny, etc.
Trans Woman/Trans Man: Trans woman generally describes someone assigned male at birth who identifies as a woman. This individual may or may not actively identify as trans. It is grammatically and definitionally correct to include a space between trans and woman. The same concept applies to trans men. Often it is good just to use woman or man.
Sometimes trans women identify as male-to-female (also MTF, M2F, or trans feminine) and sometimes trans men identify as female-to-male (also FTM, F2M, or trans masculine). Please ask before identifying someone. Use the term and pronouns preferred by the individual.
Note: this is by no means a full list of all the terms and definitions that apply to the Trans community. This is a mere starter pack that should compel you to carry out individual research. Check out transstudent.org/ for more information.