This week, to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, Swansea University LGBT+ Staff Network is offering Trans* awareness training.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT), held annually on May 17th since 2005, is the largest LGBT+ solidarity event in the world with over 1,000 events taking place in more than 120 countries worldwide. It marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.
In order to mark this important date, the LGBT+ Staff Network are pleased to present training by Kit Heyam on trans inclusion in the workplace, This training will explore:
• The basics of trans identities
• Sex and gender
• Common terminology
• Intersectionality
• Supporting trans students and staff
• How to show your trans inclusivity
• Q&A session
In order to promote an inclusive working environment it is vital for all staff to develop a better understanding of trans* issues and intersectional experiences in the workplace and beyond, and this is an excellent professional development opportunity.
This kind of event is vital in supporting us all to develop better awareness, behaviours and practices to promote equality and inclusion, not just in the workplace but across every aspect of daily life.

Equality has been the theme this month as on 5th May we attended Swansea Spring Pride. Marching in the parade, carrying the biggest rainbow flag ever, was a proud and emotional moment for me, as I found myself thinking back 24 years to when I was a young student nurse, travelling to London for Pride marches and celebrations, and struggling to come out to fellow students, friends and family. I was in love with life, but fearful, acutely aware of the risks I faced. I still remember, when I was 19 and first ‘out’, how we would form ‘posses’ of women leaving our favourite gay bar in Birmingham to walk each other to our bus stops, ensuring we stayed safe. There would be gangs of men outside waiting to abuse and attack us. This kind of behaviour is still going on today.
Now, as a visible and active role model for equality, it gives me immense Pride and satisfaction to attend what was an outstanding event at the Waterfront Museum and all through the city. Well done to our colleagues at Swansea Council for an amazing day, with a long trail of rainbow-clad marchers and a wonderful event with entertainment, information and all kinds of resources. I was thoroughly delighted to meet so many people, to make new friends, catch up with old ones, and see the next generation of diverse individuals stand up and be themselves without fear. It reminded me why we do what we do to promote equality and inclusion. We are making the world a safer place for everyone. We should be proud of that – of our university, of our city, and of ourselves.

Best wishes,

Alys.

May 16th, 2018

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