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Trans: A Definition

An inclusive term for those who identify themselves as transgender, transsexual or transvestite. The term 'trans' can be used without offence but should only be used as an adjective, for example 'a trans student'. Trans is an umbrella term encompassing all those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, including but not limited to those who are transgender, genderqueer, agender and non-binary. 

Not sure about the difference between 'genderqueer' and 'agender'? Want to find out who 'non-binary' refers to? Visit Stonewall's Glossary of Terms for up to date definitions on LGBT+ language and identities, or use our Trans Terminology Guide [PDF 217KB] (great for office notice boards and communal areas!)

Trans Equality and Legislation

The Equality Act 2010, protects trans people who propose to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone a process (or part of a process) of having their sex reassigned. A person does not have to be under medical supervision to have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.

The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows transsexual people to apply to the gender recognition panel for legal recognition of their acquired gender. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Act will be issued with a gender recognition certificate (GRC).Confidentiality id essential and disclosing that someone has received a GRC without their consent is a criminal offence.

LGBT Allies

Want to learn more about how to support and be an ally to our trans staff and students? See our LGBT Allies initiative.

Gender Diversity Policy

QMUL is committed to supporting Gender Diversity and is currently working to develop a policy to support gender diverse staff and students at work/study.

If you are interested in contributing to the development of our Gender Diversity Policy, please contact the Diversity & Inclusion Team.

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