Posted on Mon 20 Nov 2017 at 16:23 by Ryan Bush
Northumbria students, it is important to note that today is Trans day of remembrance (TDOR). Today we remember and honour those around the world whose lives have been lost to anti-transgender violence. For many of you this seems like a minor event, but I know how passionate some students are about today and the importance of recognising what our transgender students have been through should be considered by all.
With a simple google search it is not hard to find sickening comments that lack compassion, decency and respect by people who are evidently either confused or threatened by what they don’t understand or that they lack basic human decency. Trans individuals are often denied the support they need in their transitions by their family and friends, with it not being uncommon that they have been homeless due to being kicked out at some point. Individuals have been beaten up and murdered for who they are, this is simply unacceptable. The struggles that still face the trans community are real and should not be ignored.
NSU’s LGBT* society are hosting a transgender day of remembrance film screening today from 5:30pm-10pm in training room 1&2 (Ground floor of the SU, city campus). Northumbria students are welcomed by the society! The event for tonight is https://www.facebook.com/events/448158342246658/
In saying this I thought I would highlight some of the organisations that specifically provide support to trans students:
Galop- A anti LGBT violence charity who has a dedicated Trans advocacy and community service who can offer confidential advice and support. The link to there website is http://www.galop.org.uk/
Mesmac- A variety of support groups and services, visit the website and select the area you would like to view more on http://www.mesmacnortheast.com/lgbt-groups/trans-gender/
NUS- Your full time trans officer Jess Bradley is available at email@example.com and their blogs are available at https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/elected-officers/trans-officer
Be-trans North east: One to one support, peer support and advocacy to help trans people http://be-north.org.uk/
More organizations that offer support for the LGBT community can be found at http://www.allabouttrans.org.uk/support-organisations/
Nightline- A confidential listening service running 8pm- 7am term time available on 01912273737 or via Instant messaging at https://www.mynsu.co.uk/heretohelp/nightline/
If you experience hate crime on campus or whilst at university please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org