Trans Awareness Week
Each year between November 13 – 19, we come together to honour Trans Awareness Week; a time when trans people and their allies through events that both highlight the experiences of the trans community and raise awareness on the issues faced by trans people. Trans Awareness Week takes place in the run up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), which is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the trans people whose lives were lost in acts of transphobic violence that year.
This year, KCLSU’s LGBT+ Society and LGBT+ Network are hosting a series of incredible and insightful events for this year’s chosen theme: ‘Beyond the Binary’. Take the time this week to join in with our events that will be sharing stories of what it means to be trans, celebrating the progress made within the struggle for trans liberation and how we can challenge the discrimination and transphobia that is faced by this community.
Our Trans Awareness Week Events include:
Sign our Trans Allyship Pledge
To mark Trans Awareness Week, we are inviting you to join us in signing and committing to this pledge to stand in active solidarity with the trans community at King's and in wider society. Read here to know more and understand what are you signing.
Your KCLSU LGBT+ Network Officers: Cam & Martina
Hello! I’m Martina, I’m a third year European Politics student and I’m honoured to be your LGBT+ officer for the 2020/2021 academic year.
I am committed to making King’s a safer and more inclusive space for all LGBTQ+ folks, so that we can all feel welcomed and accepted. I will work hard to ensure that your voices are heard and your identities valued, so that we can create a more intersectional space here at King’s, a space that celebrates diversity and empowers queer identities.
My goal for this year can be summed up in three words: visibility, inclusivity and unity.
Throughout the year I will be advocating for:
queering the curriculum
more support and visibility for QTPOC students
LGBTQ+ centred mental health support and career guidance
LGBTQ+ sexual health awareness
The Network will be running and supporting many exciting events this year, including Trans Awareness Week, LGBTQ+ History Month, mental health peer support groups, campaigns and virtual social events.
I will make sure to build a strong online presence so that events and opportunities are accessible to everyone, no matter where they are in the world!
University life can be difficult, especially for us, LGBTQ+ students, but the LGBT+ Network and I are here to ensure that you feel supported and to help you make your experience more positive.
If you have any concerns, doubts or suggestions, feel free to get in touch! I am always more than happy to hear from you and help you out in any way I can.
If you ever see me around campus, do not hesitate to come up and say hi! It’s pretty easy to spot me since I have bright orange hair. Otherwise, you can send me an email or message me on instagram or facebook.
I cannot wait to hear and meet all of you!
Hi! I’m Cam, I’m a non-binary physics master's student and this is my first year at KCL. It is a privilege to be your LGBT+ officer this year.
I hope to use the network to reach out to LGBT+ students during the year, since it is going to be very hard for new students to develop a sense of community while courses are all online and while in lockdown. For trans and questioning students, it is even more crucial that they do not feel abandoned during this period.
Under the first lockdown, many LGBT+ students and prospective students had to spend the summer with homophobic/transphobic family members. It is crucial that the SU reaches out to LGBT+ students who are studying from home and ensure that they are fully supported throughout the academic year.
I also want the process to amend student records to change name and gender should be as seamless as possible. KCLSU should work with other University of London students' unions to ensure that student documents accurately represent their identities when they take intercollegiate modules.
Please do not hesitate to email me any questions or queries in strict confidence at email@example.com
If your society is interested in becoming an affiliated Member Society to the LGBT+ Network, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org