Students win right to state gender
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.”