Transgender and Non-binary

It is illegal and unacceptable to behave in any discriminatory way against employees who intend to undergo gender reassignment, are undergoing the process or have done so in the past.

Gender Reassignment is one of the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.  Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy 2013 and accompanying objectives shows how we intend to promote equality regardless of a person’s gender identity or their current stage in their transition.

The University welcomes, supports and aims to represent people across any gender identity.

Latest News

February is LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Plus) History Month, find out more at LGBT History Month.
Keep your eye out on our LGBT+ Network this academic year (2017-2018) as they run several LGBT+ events. E.g. – Asexual awareness week, Bisexual Awareness week, Transgender week of Remembrance, etc.
In addition to the gender-neutral toilets in the LRV on Leek Road there are now some in the Flaxman building - first, third and fourth floors and in the Beacon Building.
Stoke Pride takes place annually each summer in Hanley park, a five-minute walk from College Road Campus. Our LGBT+ Network arranges a meet up for those who wish to attend.
National Student Pride takes place each year at the beginning of March.

University Contacts

Staff
Our LGBT+ Staff Network provides support for all LGBT+ staff, as well as influencing policy and promoting equality in education.  The current joint chairs are Stephen Griffiths and Pete Simcock.
The University is a Stonewall Champion and took part in their Equality Index for the first time in 2014. We received good feedback and have since been dedicated to getting involved each year.

Students
The Students' Union supports our LGBT+ Network. The LGBT+ Network influences productively proactive change within university policy. An Example being our Transgender & Non-Binary policy on name change with Student Cards no longer requiring a deed poll.
This academic year also sees the introduction of our Gender Identity Welfare Officer. A role dedicated to representation and welfare of Transgender and Non-Binary students.
If you define yourself as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, part of the +, or if you are experiencing doubts or problems regarding your orientation and or gender identity you can speak to someone in the LGBT+ Network.
The LGBT+ Network also runs a group peer Transgender& Non-Binary Support group. Those who attend get to speak to others in their community. They also do safety talks on binding/tucking, discuss hormones, etc.
They can be contacted through the Students' Union, or through email: LGBTNetwork@staffs.ac.uk  
They also run regular socials every week and organise events throughout the year. Check out the Student’s Union Website for upcoming events.

You can also talk to the Students' Union Advice Service or the University Counselling Service, based in the Student Enabling Centre, about anything to do with orientation and or gender.
If you experience or witness Transphobia or any form of LGBT+ harassment or bullying you can talk and as well as report it to your Tutor, Student Guidance Advisor or the Students' Union.

Resources

  • Tranzwiki - a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting transgender people across the UK, and has been developed by GIRES.

External Contacts

Local

  • Disability Solutions - support for disabled people who are LGBT

  • LGBT & Cancer, Staffordshire – Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership with Disability Solutions on this brand new project geared towards members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities affected by cancer. https://www.facebook.com/staffscancerlgbt/

National

  • Beaumont Society - promotes better understanding of, and provides support for, all members of the transgendered community

  • Gender Advisory Bureau - transgender awareness training services

  • Gender Network - Information and support on trans and gender issues

  • GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) - information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them

  • Press for Change - campaigning for respect and equality for all transpeople

  • Sparkle - Annual transgender event held in July in Manchester

  • Mermaids - support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues and their parents

  • Imaan - LGBTQI Muslim support group

  • CACH (Chase Against Crimes of Hate)

  • Victim Support - national body giving free and confidential help to victims of crime

  • Tcrime (GIRES) GIRES - transphobic crime can be reported confidentially, anonymously and by a third party; run by

  • NUS LGBT+ (National Union of Students) – Dedicated to proactively fighting for LGBT+ rights, ensuring that all identities are respected, challenging LGBT+ racism, ableism, sexism, etc. https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/conferences/nus-conferences/lgbt-students

Our History of LGBT+ History Month

LGBT History Month takes place in February each year, celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT+ community. We take this time to reflect on both the positive steps taken, as well as using this, as another opportunity to challenge intolerance and injustices suffered by the LGBT+ community Globally.

 
In February 2013 Rico Paris from Gender Advisory Bureau came to talk about gender reassignment and transgender, sharing his personal experiences. The evening was supported by members of the Students' Union LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) Society. During 2013 we were a corporate sponsor of the Gender Advisory Bureau whose aim is to improve the accessibility of mainstream services for trans people through trans equality training. There was also a staff quiz for LGBT+ History Month, which was won by Nicky Adams and Tommy Hill.