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Sussex proud to partner with Brighton Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference
The University of Sussex is for a second time a proud partner and sponsor of the Annual Brighton Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference, which takes place this week.
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equalities and Diversity, Professor Claire Annesley, says: “This conference is an important opportunity for all of our community to be part of a conversation listening to and celebrating trans, non-binary and intersex voices and perspectives, locally, nationally and internationally. It strengthens our commitment to fostering understanding and tackling prejudice.
“At Sussex we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members of our community can enjoy freedom from discrimination and violence.
"The University’s commitment to a safer campus is underpinned by a new Policy on Definitions of Violence, which explicitly includes hate crime against people who are transgender, or perceived to be transgender, in its definition of violence.”
Last week the University launched its new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy, Inclusive Sussex. Professor Annesley said: “With this strategy we seek not just to reduce inequalities in outcomes for individuals but to use our expertise and commitment to challenge the status quo.
"Inclusive Sussex commits us to take action to ensuring our campus is one that is experienced as inclusive by and for all of our members. This includes understanding and addressing power relations and the intersecting inequalities that many members of our community experience.”
Sussex has a long tradition of radical research and activism in queer, sexuality and gender studies - not least through our Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and the Centre for Gender Studies. The Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex is one of the hosts for the Trans Pride Writing Residency this week at the Marlborough Theatre, sponsored by the Arts Council England.
Over the past year the University has continued to raise the profile and awareness of trans and non-binary identity and expression at Sussex by:
- staff training on trans awareness, delivered by Gendered Intelligence,
- joining the #MyPronounsAre campaign and distributing pronoun badges across campus,
- celebrating the International Transgender Day of Visibility in March,
- and developing an out@sussex campaign to continue the celebration after Trans Pride Brighton and Brighton Pride.
The University offers support to staff via Occupational Health and the LGBT+ Staff Network. Alternatively staff can access support to local services via the B&H LGBTQ switchboard or the Clare Project.