Transgender Day of Visibility

Lady Hale building lit up with rainbow lights at night

On 31 March, we mark Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to celebrate the lives and contributions of trans* and non-binary people within our Salford community and the wider world, while also drawing attention to the challenges transgender people are currently facing.

Explore this page to hear about Transgender Day of Visibility, learn about the support available to students and staff, and find useful resources to help you be an ally to your trans friends and peers.

*Trans is an umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, gender-fluid, genderqueer etc.

   

Salford Pride 2022 event.

A message from Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience:

"Salford is a university which celebrates and values its diversity. We have a number of support networks and resources available for trans and non-binary people, as well as members of the wider LGBTQ+ community. I’d like to let all our communities know that the University is a safe space where we actively promote and champion inclusivity and belonging. Everyone is welcome here."

This might be the first time thinking about your sexual orientation or gender identity. Whether you're out, prefer not to be visible, or are unsure of your sexual and/or gender identity, you are welcome in our community and will be treated with dignity and respect. We're striving to be a place where you feel like you can belong. Our Salford Proud and Trans Networks provide support, connection and influence over issues so please join if you feel comfortable doing so, see below for more details.

We are here for you

Read our messages of support

We want our trans and non-binary students and staff members to feel safe and supported here at Salford. That's why we are proud to share the messages of support, encouragement, and solidarity left by our students and staff members to members of our LGBTQIA+ community, especially those who identify as trans. 

On behalf of the Salford Proud Network, we would like to express our gratitude to our Trans Lead, Jae Howell, as well as the wider EDI team for their collaborative efforts in bringing this initiative to life.

Join local LGBTQIA+ groups

Find your community

Whether you're looking for a group of like-minded friends to explore Manchester's gay village with or a supportive listening ear, there are LGBTQIA+ groups within the University and wider community that you can join.

We're here for you

Support for trans students

If you identify as trans or non-binary, or are questioning your gender identity, there are lots of ways we can support you to make sure you feel safe and comfortable while you study. 

Support for trans students

Specialist Support

For students who identify as trans or non-binary, we offer support to create a safe and welcome environment that is inclusive of your gender identity and expression. If you wish to go through any form of transition at university, we can support you by changing names, gender, pronouns, titles, referring you to external and internal specialist support etc at the speed that you feel comfortable with. We can also put you in contact with other trans and non-binary students.

Visit our webpage to learn what support is available from our specialist advisers and how to get involved in groups like our Salford Trans and Non-Binary Forum and Trans Peer Support Group.

Report + Support

Homophobia and transphobia are never OK. If you experience (or witness) concerning behaviour, let us know via Report and Support to ensure you, or the person affected, are supported and to help prevent things like this from happening in the future.

This is a safe and confidential way to report a hate crime and is handled by our expert Respect, Cultures & Behavior team. It's not an official report but if you do want to report it officially, the team can support you with this. You can also report anonymously but by not providing your name or contact details we cannot offer you support or take action against your report. However, it will allow us to identify any emerging issues we need to respond to. 

Learn more about Report + Support on our website

Health Centre

While most health issues affecting LGBTQIA+ individuals are similar to those of the general population, we know that LGBTQIA+ people have unique health needs and can experience disparities in care. In 2018, our Health Centre was awarded a Gold standard for ‘excellence in LGBT healthcare’ through LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice quality assurance scheme which trains and accredits GP practices for ongoing support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans patients.

Support we offer:

  • Bridging prescriptions* after consultation with one of the GPs
  • Changing your gender assigned at birth on your medical record after a discussion with a GP
  • Changing your name and prefix in your medical record without Gender Recognition Certificate or Deed Poll
  • Referrals to Gender Identity Clinics
  • Referrals for gamete storage, I.E. freezing your sperm or eggs, to be used at a later date
  • Support with administering injectables and teaching safe self-injection 

Visit the Health Centre's webpage for full details

*A bridging prescription is a temporary prescription of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), issued by a GP to a patient who is waiting for specialist treatment.

Wellbeing and Counselling

There may be times at university when you need to speak to someone because you need support with a personal issue, or you need someone to listen. It may be a worry that you feel like you can’t discuss with your friends, family or tutor.

If you would like to talk through your worries in a confidential setting, our Wellbeing and Counseling team are here for you. Book an appointment with one of our Wellbeing Advisers to talk it over or be supported and referred to more acute mental health services where appropriate. This service also runs a group session for trans students.

Visit our Wellbeing and Counselling webpage

Want to learn more about the experiences of your trans friends and peers? Reading queer* books or watching queer media not only helps queer people to see themselves, but also helps others see, understand, and empathize with the experiences of queer people.

We asked members of our Salford community to share their top LGBTQIA+ recommendations and compiled them to create our LGBTQIA+ Masterlist: a resource from the people of Salford, for the people of Salford (and beyond!), sharing the most important queer texts for the next generation. Here's just a few.

  • Pose (2018-2021 TV series)
    "It is amazing to see the trans community represented in an unwavering light of courage in Pose. Especially in this time of unrest. It gives me hope that no matter what life throws at us, we will always close ranks and push forward for those that come after us."
  • Pride (2014 film)
    "As a trans woman, it's important to me to learn about the past of the culture I belong to. [This film is] the legacy passed down to me and my generation, like a family whose ancestors echo through us. Learn your history - cause you can be sure it isn't gonna be in your Year 7 history textbooks."
  • Out of the Shadows, Walt Odets (2020 book)
    "[This book] reminds me of the richness of queer history, the suffering, the humour and the hope. That by living different lives we can see and experience the world differently. In an age increasingly obsessed with targets, algorithms and homogeneity queer people have so much to offer."

 

*We understand that the word 'queer' carries a complex history and has caused harm and exclusion in the past. However, we also recognise the power of reclamation and reappropriation. For many LGBTQIA+ individuals, 'queer' represents a badge of honour, a statement of visibility, and a demand for inclusion.

We use the term 'queer' with respect and love, while acknowledging that not everyone within the LGBTQIA+ community identifies with this term, and we respect their individual choices in self-identification. 'Queer' is a word that allows us to be inclusive, encompassing the rich diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities that may not fit exclusively within the cisgender or heterosexual categories. Terms evolve and meanings shift, and it's crucial to consider the historical and personal significance of the word 'queer.' Together, we aim to use 'queer' as a symbol of representation and empowerment.