Stu­dents win right to state gen­der

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Scene By You - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

EDGE Hill Univer­sity will al­low stu­dents to as­sign their own gen­der des­ig­na­tion af­ter lob­by­ing from the Stu­dents’ Union.

Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive cam­paign­ing by Edge Hill Stu­dents’ Union of­fi­cer, Luke Myer, soft­ware used by uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try will in­clude the op­tion for stu­dents to change their name, pro­nouns, and gen­der des­ig­na­tions.

The devel­op­ment, which has been de­scribed as a ma­jor boost for trans rights, will mean that the process of mak­ing such changes will be less dif­fi­cult, as stu­dents will be able to have their gen­der amended with­out the need for com­plex med­i­cal or le­gal checks.

The cam­paign lasted two years, dur­ing which Luke drew upon univer­sity con­nec­tions, Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts, and fel­low stu­dents.

Luke said: “With one in seven trans univer­sity stu­dents con­sid­er­ing drop­ping out be­cause of ha­rass­ment or dis­crim­i­na­tion, there is a long way to go be­fore uni­ver­si­ties are fully safe and ac­cept­ing places but this is a valu­able step in the right di­rec­tion.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful for the work of col­leagues here and across the pond to se­cure this devel­op­ment.”

One theatre de­sign stu­dent who iden­ti­fies as non-bi­nary, mean­ing nei­ther mas­cu­line nor fem­i­nine, ex­plained: “Even if it’s some­thing as sim­ple as get­ting the cor­rect name on their ID cards, this is just some­thing that makes trans and non-bi­nary stu­dents’ lives eas­ier.

‘‘It’s not fair to look at a name that isn’t yours. This stuff won’t make a dif­fer­ence for the general pub­lic, but for the peo­ple it will af­fect, it’ll be mas­sive.”

Trans­gen­der Day of Re­mem­brance is an an­nual event at Edge Hill Univer­sity

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