York St John University Backs Trans Equality Initiative

Published: 27/04/2018

York St John University joins a diverse range of organisations as launch partner for a new Stonewall programme to create better allies for trans people. As one of 13 launch partners from across sectors, York St John will be leading the way by receiving and implementing this Stonewall training.

The Stonewall trans allies programme will help non-trans people understand how they can tackle anti-trans discrimination and ‘come out’ in support of trans people everywhere as allies. They will receive a deeper understanding of the impact of transphobia, along with the tools and language to better include trans people at work and in their everyday lives.  The programme will be delivered on campus for any member of staff who wishes to advocate for trans equality.  The final stage of the programme is open to any individual or organisation committed to tackling transphobia.     

York St John University’s pledge to improve trans inclusion comes at a time when trans and non-binary people face alarming levels of discrimination at work and in society.

Earlier this year Stonewall released research that showed half of trans people (51 per cent) have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination or abuse. Moreover, one in eight trans employees (12 per cent) have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the past year.

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor, York St John University, said:  “Universities should be places where people are able to be themselves and at York St John University we value the contributions that individuals with diverse identities, backgrounds and experiences make to our community. Having cis allies for trans people in the workplace is an important part of the work we do to develop trans inclusivity and we are passionate about continuing to develop an inclusive culture for all through our support for Stonewall’s Trans Allies Programme.”

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Director of Empowerment Programmes, said: ‘We’re proud to have the support of York St John University to help launch our trans allies programme. Their commitment to moving forward in their journey to get trans inclusion right is a sign that a positive future is possible.’

‘We know trans and non-binary people face abuse and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Half of trans and non-binary people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. However, having leading organisations including York St John University backing our trans allies programme shows there is strong support for trans people across different sectors. We are looking forward to building on this extremely positive initiative to create more inclusive workplaces across Britain.’

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