It may be helpful to provide specific briefing sessions for colleagues or fellow students of people who are transitioning to enable them to raise any concerns and ask questions about appropriate behaviours. It is important that such a session gives both general information about transgender people and specific information about how the particular individual wants to be treated.
Possible sources of training within the University include:
We are proud of the contribution of members of staff to raising awareness of trans issues both locally and nationally. One member of staff is actively involved with local youth groups for LGBT, and has worked with council officers and the Thames Valley Police on trans issues, while another contributed to a group article in the British Medical Journal to raise awareness of the experiences of trans patients.
Confidential mental health support line for people who identify in ways including trans, agender, gender fluid and non-binary, and their families www.bristolmind.org.uk/help-and-counselling/mindline-transplus
Tel. 0300 330 5468.
Transgender Support Groups
Preference for terminology can be highly individualised, i.e. a student or member of staff may wish to associate with a term which is perceived by others as inappropriate.
Terminology is also changing rapidly: this glossary therefore may not be comprehensive.