We recognise the transgender community includes people with a variety of gender identities and presentations.
Whilst we may use the words transgender, or trans for short, we use this term broadly to include anyone who’s gender identity differs from the gender assigned at birth.
Once stated, a person’s pronouns must be respected,” union officers advise.
However we also look to involve the many diverse LGBTQ communities in the city in the council’s work.
Generally we aim to If you would like to find out more about what we do, or you are a Brighton & Hove City Council employee and would like to join the Forum, please email [email protected] or call Diane Coe in the council's communities & equality team on 01273 291280.
My gender identity that had hit the headlines around the world seemed to mean nothing to the constituents that I met, it was never mentioned on the doorsteps, the street stalls or the hustings.
The only people that made it an issue were the press, not the voters.
‘I don’t want my daughter being exposed to all this nonsense,’ said one mother, who asked not to be named.
‘Kids need to be left alone when it comes to things like this, they just want to run around the playground, not be told they need to “think differently” about gender issues.’ Another parents said there was ‘great unease’ among those who had children at the school. ‘As part of the national curriculum, we spend time talking to the children about British values of tolerance, respect and celebrating differences,’ she said.
The new guidance aims to promote equality across “all the genders” and "reduce the impact that gender has on education and participation" in the students’ union.
Rose Taylor, Postgraduate Education Officer for USSU told : “The new gender inclusive policy was written by and voted through by students to make the Students' Union a more inclusive and comfortable environment for trans and non-binary students.
“In situations where introductions are not appropriate or where an individual has not directly stated their pronouns, gender-neutral language should be used to refer to them, and no assumptions should be made based on presentation or appearance.
The head of St Mary the Virgin Primary School in Hartfield, East Sussex announced this week that children aged four to 11 will take part in a series of talks and workshops on transgender issues.
I'd been trolled by various groups including receiving death threats on Twitter and as I stepped into the political arena I was bracing myself for a renewed onslaught of hatred. Instead of the abuse I was greeted with love and support, sure there were still a few transphobic remarks online but nothing like I'd experienced previously.