At the University of Kent, we are committed to fostering a positive environment where all students and staff are treated fairly, with dignity, courtesy, respect and consideration. All of us have a responsibility to create an environment that is free from harassment, bullying, unlawful discrimination and victimisation.
In recent years, the trans and non-binary community has become more visible in society and the public eye. We have been pleased to see increased awareness of the diversity of the trans community and increased understanding of the breadth of gender identities. Unfortunately, this increased visibility has come with increased hostility towards some members of the trans community.
Trans and non-binary people face discrimination and harassment:
- At work, including from colleagues, managers, customers and clients;
- In public, including verbal and physical abuse;
- Online, particularly on social media where targeted harassment, bullying and abusive comments and even attempts to find and share trans people’s previous names and current address are increasingly common;
- They also face barriers to accessing healthcare, such as long waiting lists for treatment, and transphobia.
Recent news events and discussions related to Stonewall have amplified the discussion, particularly online, and we have published our response to this confirming our continued membership of Stonewall. This response underlines our commitment to freedom of speech, academic freedom, and inclusion, which are all University values.
For members of our trans, nonbinary and intersex communities
Gender neutral toilets
We fully support and encourage all our students and staff to report incidents of racism, harassment and discrimination. This is through INK for Students or the Reporting Tool for staff. Students needing additional support during particularly difficult times are also welcomed to contact Student Support & Wellbeing.
Join our communities:
- The LGBTQ+ Network aims to represent and act as the voice for, as well as promote, extend and defend the rights of LGBTQ+ students to both the University and Kent Union.
- LGBTQ+ Society is a social society with the aim of providing a safe space for those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ umbrella. They welcome people of all sexualities and genders.
- Medway LGBTQ Society at GKSU.
- Trans, non-binary, intersex and questioning peer support group
Using the resources available removes the burden of questions, explanations and discussions from members of the LGBTQIA+ community – the links below are an excellent starting point for people wanting to understand more.
Our LGBT+ network have a fantastic blog that covers ongoing news, events and challenges – stay up to date with the issues affecting the community.
For more information and support please visit LGBTQ+ webpages.
Find out more about the University of Kent’s commitment to creating and supporting a balanced, inclusive and diverse community.