NUSU is kicking off its extended campaign to raise awareness of the experiences of transgender and non-binary students by producing a series of videos and providing useful resources. The Trans Awareness campaign is led by Charlotte Boulton (Marginalised Genders Officer) and Lauren Sykes (LGBT+ Officer), with support from Jack Green (Welfare & Equality Officer), to provide trans students with a platform to be seen and heard.
Why are we running this campaign?
The campaigns aims’ are to improve visibility of transgender students, as these students can sometimes be overlooked in more general campaigns, and to increase the awareness from the wider student population about what it means to be trans. We hope to strike a balance between awareness and action by providing long-lasting resources that will remain relevant beyond the initial campaign launch week.
This launch week coincides with the national Trans Awareness Week from the 12th to the 18th November and will also incorporate the Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20thNovember.
Trans Awareness is an important campaign which has a strong focus on raising awareness for those who would not normally engage with LGBT+ and trans spaces and discussions. We believe it is vital that all students have an understanding of gender identities in order to promote respect, appropriate language use and acceptance. By involving various trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students in the planning and production of the campaign, we hope to give them a platform to tell other students what they think they need to know. Trans Awareness cannot be confined to just a week – it is an ongoing project as we are all always learning and improving ourselves!
What are we doing for Trans Awareness?
The campaign will revolve around a series of videos that are intended to provide visibility to trans students across Newcastle University. They will include personal experiences, explanations of language and preferred terminology, and some information about the support available to trans students or those questioning their gender identity. The videos will be shared on social media and will be shared on this page in the coming weeks.
Alongside the social media video campaign, we are holding two events in the SU to celebrate Trans Awareness.
On Monday the 12th of November, 6.30-8.30pm, we will be kicking off the week with the ‘Being trans in Newcastle’ discussion. This will be an informal discussion led by trans students about their personal experiences with their gender identity and how this impacts their life at university, work and home. We welcome all interested people to come along and learn about these issues in a safe space for honest conversation. If you are someone who knows a lot or a little, you’re welcome to get involved regardless of your own gender identity. Location: The Lounge (1st Floor NUSU). Find the ‘Being Trans in Newcastle Discussion’ event on the NUSU Part-Time Officers Facebook page to find out more and register your interest in attending the event.
On Friday the 16th November, 6.30-8.30pm, we will be hosting a Panel: Trans Lives and Experiences, to construct a more formal discussion of gender and being trans. The panellists will be trans students who have been involved in the videos and organisation of the campaign, and we will facilitate discussion beyond the assigned questions. Again, all interested people are invited to attend and learn more! Location: The Lounge (1st Floor NUSU). Find the ‘Panel: Trans Lives and Experiences’ event on the NUSU Part-Time Officers Facebook page to find out more and register your interest in attending the event.
There is information and support available for trans and non-binary students both through the university and NUSU. We will be adding to this list as we create more resources tailored to the needs of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students.