Supporting Bristol’s trans community
Press release issued: 2 July 2018
The University of Bristol is joining with other organisations, community groups and individuals to give full backing to a city-wide pledge to support the local trans community.
The pledge says that trans people have the right to be treated equally. This includes five key points:
- The right to exist
- The right to live freely without fear
- The right to be treated with dignity and respect
- The right to enjoy the security of UK legislation
- The right to speak and be heard.
During Bristol Pride 2018, organisations across the city are asking the people of Bristol to support the pledge via social media by using hashtags: #IPledgeTransSupport and #KeepHateOutofBristol
Tracy Brunnock, the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager, said: “We are delighted to join Bristol Pride and other organisations in adding our support to this important pledge.
“This reaffirms our commitment to trans inclusion: there is no place for hate crime in our city. We are looking forward to working in partnership with our LGBT+ networks over the coming year to further promote trans equality.”
Daryn Carter from Bristol Pride added: “Bristol Pride are so pleased to see the University of Bristol showcasing its support to trans students, staff and the wider community by supporting the Trans Pledge.
"We must all work together to ensure that we take a stand against prejudice and hatred in all its forms and to use our voices to elevate those who have theirs taken away."
Cheryl Morgan from TransBristol said: “As the Equalities Minister, Penny Mordaunt, has noted, anti-trans activity in the UK media is currently at unprecedented levels.
“It is very reminiscent of the campaign against gay men in the 1980s. I am therefore very grateful that organisations like the University of Bristol are prepared to stand up and support the trans community, and defend us again those who would take away our civil rights.”
For further information about possible changes to the UK’s Gender Recognition Act, please see: www.stonewall.org.uk/truth-about-trans
To report transphobic hate crime cell SARI: 0800 171 2272. To talk to someone, call MindLine Trans+: 0300 330 5468.
The wording of the pledge is taken, with permission, from a similar campaign run by Pride Cymru and the Wales Equality Alliance: