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Wear a badge to show the pronoun you use

Following a fantastic take-up last year, badges helping to raise awareness that you can’t assume someone’s gender identity and the pronouns they use are available again across campus from today (Monday 1 April).

The badges are part of a city-wide campaign to raise awareness of trans and non-binary people to mark International Trans Day of Visibility on Sunday (31 March). 

They are being made available to any University of Sussex students and staff who want to take part. Wearing the badges is, of course, voluntary.

Where to get your badge

You can collect one of the badges from school offices, the Student Life Centre reception or the International Student Support front desk. They will also be available from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion within each school or division.

You will also be able to pick up a badge in town: at any of Brighton and Hove’s libraries, as well as from Bartholomew House, Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall, and at either of the city’s two museums.

What’s on the badges

The badges available are:

  • She, her, hers
  • He, him, his
  • They, them, theirs
  • Please use my name
  • Blank, for the wearer to fill in
  • Trans Ally

The #MyPronounsAre campaign has been put together by Brighton & Hove City Council with support and involvement from the University of Sussex and other partners such as local NHS trusts, the University of Brighton and Sussex Police. Also involved are local LGBT+ community groups including the Clare Project.

Read the badge, respect people

The message of the campaign is to read the badge and respect people.

The city council say: “We all define our own gender and we should respect other people’s identities, and rights.

“While there is more freedom and safety to be ourselves, there’s still more to do.

“Who a person is may not match what you expect and may not be defined easily. If someone’s pronouns differ from what you assume, it’s for you to adapt and it’s okay to ask.” 

Useful links

Information and links for trans students are available via the Health and Wellbeing pages of the University website.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Monday, 1 April 2019


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