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What is Trans Discrimination?

Trans discrimination refers to a person or group of people being treated less well or put at a disadvantage because their gender identity is different from the gender assigned to them at birth. It is officially defined in the Equality Act 2010 as the protected characteristic, Gender Reassignment.
 
It is not necessary to have undergone any specific treatment or surgery to be protected by law against trans discrimination. This is because changing physiological or other gender attributes is a personal process rather than a medical one.
 
Trans discrimination could involve direct/indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation, or 3rd party harassment through means including verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression towards a person or people who are or are perceived to be trans. This can often manifest in behaviours such as repeatedly using the wrong pronoun (he, she, they), querying their ‘real’ name, asking sensitive questions or ‘outing’ someone as trans by deadnaming (which means using their birth or other former name without consent).
 
Even if unintentional, it would be considered discrimination if you believed the unwanted behaviour towards you was motivated by your gender identity. It would also be trans discrimination if someone treats you poorly because they think you are trans but you are not, for example because of your chosen gender expression.   Discrimination by association is also illegal: for example, a family member being discriminated against because a member of their family is transitioning.
 
Harassment can be a one-off incident, or part of an ongoing campaign, or may take the form of microaggressionsCitizens Advice details harassment may include:
  • verbal and physical abuse;
  • bullying at university or work;
  • being hassled, intimidated or threatened;
  • violence and physical attack; and
  • damage to property.
Trans discrimination can also come in the form of online harassment

What are the effects of transphobic harassment?

Transphobic harassment is offensive behaviour that makes a person or group feel humiliated, intimidated or degraded. Harassment creates a hostile environment for all.
 
Unison highlight that you may:
  • feel humiliated, angry or upset;
  • have poor mental health such as anxiety, low mood or depression;
  • be subject to unwanted comments;
  • feel ignored or excluded; and
  • be reluctant to engage with work or studies.

What can be done if you or someone you know has been the victim of transphobic harassment or discrimination?

 
Safety First
 
If someone is in immediate danger or is seriously injured:
  • Call 999 and ask for the appropriate emergency service.
  • Additionally, if you are on Newcastle University Campus, inform Newcastle University Security about what has happened using the Safe Zone app (Newcastle Campus only) or by calling 0191 208 6666.  If you are on the London Campus, please contact main reception on 0203 752 2459.
 
Report anonymously to the University

Our online Report and Support Tool enables students and colleagues to report concerns about harassment, sexual violence or hate crime anonymously. Whether you experienced this directly, witnessed an incident, or heard through a third party, our report and support tool will record the incident and inform our preventative work. Our community is an environment where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviour are never tolerated. 


Ask the University to take action

For Students: If you would like to report concerns about harassment, sexual violence, discrimination or hate crime, which was carried out by a member of the Newcastle University community, you can discuss this with the Student Progress Casework Team. You can email them directly via Casework@ncl.ac.uk and with your consent and cooperation, they will initiate the appropriate complaint or disciplinary processes.  
 
For Colleagues: If you are a Newcastle University colleague and have experienced, witnessed or heard about harassment, sexual violence, discrimination or a hate crime, and wish to formally report it, you can do so by raising your concerns with your line manager in the first instance. If you do not feel this reporting mechanism is appropriate, you can speak to another manager or your local People Service Advisor (click here for a list of contacts). Alternatively, you can follow our grievance procedure (click here for more information). All complaints will be taken extremely seriously and investigated in line with our colleague policies and procedures. 

 
Report to the Police

If a crime is committed based on prejudice relating to protected characteristics (including transgender identity) then this is a Hate Crime.

If you, or somebody you know, has been the victim of a crime which is based on prejudice relating to their gender (but is not in immediate danger) then you can report it to the police by either phoning 101, or reporting online.

You can also report incidents to our campus police officer (Newcastle).  For London, we ask that you please report this to the Welcome Desk on the 4th Floor.

If you have been the victim of a hate crime based on prejudice and choose to report it to the police, they will investigate the allegation and ensure that you are safeguarded. They will also link you to appropriate local and national support services.


Support for Students

Remember you do not have to make any formal report to the University or police in order to receive free confidential support from the University.  It may be a good idea to speak to your Personal Tutor or Research Supervisor to inform your school of the impact your experiences have had upon your studies and where this has had a negative impact on an assignment/examination you can seek an adjustment via the PEC system.
 
The Student Health and Wellbeing Teams are experienced in supporting students who have been victims of trans discrimination or harassment and they work closely with local and national partners to link you to more specialist support, should you need it.
  • Our Faith and Spirituality Team provide dedicated and confidential support for anyone affected by harassment and in need of someone to talk to. They can be contacted by email: pastoral.support@ncl.ac.uk.  
  • You can receive confidential counselling support from the Newcastle University Student Health and Wellbeing Counselling Team.  In London, please come to the 4th floor Welcome Desk and ask to see the Student Welfare Officer, who can refer you to the London based counsellor.
  • All postgraduate students can receive free 24/7 personal support from our PG Support Service.
 
Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU)

Advice and support is also available from your NUSU Welfare and Equality Officer, BAME Officer and LGBT+ Officer who are advocates for minority groups on campus.

You can contact the officers via email:
Welfare and Equality Officer: welfare.union@newcastle.ac.uk
BAME Officer: bame.union@newcastle.ac.uk
LGBT+ Officer: lgbt.union@newcastle.ac.uk

If matters are affecting your academic work, your accommodation or financial situation you can contact the Student Advice Centre for support (SAC).

You can also report sexual harassment and violence, discrimination, initiations, domestic abuse, bullying or hate crimes perpetrated by a student, staff member or member of the general public directly to your Student Union via the anonymous ‘It Happens Here’ disclosure system.  Reporting into this system gives you 2 options.  Option 1 asks you to complete a disclosure/report form anonymously to the NUSU’s independent SAC.  Option 2 will ask you to provide contact details which allows the SAC to contact you to arrange an appointment (via telephone or in person). 


Accommodation Services and ResLife
 
If you are a student living in the University owned or managed-partnership accommodation, you can also speak to a member of Accommodation Services or the ResLife team based in your student village. This support can be found across Castle Leazes Student Village, Park View Student Village, Kensington/Park Student Village, and the ResLife Helix Hub (specifically for those students living in the managed-partnership accommodation). The ResLife team is experienced in supporting students living in the student accommodation with free support, information and guidance affected by harassment or discrimination in any form. 

The ResLife team can be contacted:
Further Information regarding support available from ResLife can be found at the ResLife page.

Guidance from Accommodation Services can also be found at the Accommodation Services page.


Support for Staff

Newcastle University staff can access information, advice, support and counselling from the Employee Assistance Programme, which can include support to those supporting staff or students through difficult times.  The Employee Assistance Programme can be accessed via the following mechanisms.
  • Free 24-Hour confidential helpline: 0800 030 5182
  • Or for international calls: +44 0161 836 9498 (this will incur a charge) you will need to quote the username 'Newcastle' and the password 'University'
  • Via the web portal (password as above). Navigate to 'Contact us' and you will find a form to request support.
  • Via the Health Assured app (install the app onto your mobile).  There is a form to request support without making a phone call.
Staff are welcome to contact the Employee Assistance Programme directly.  Alternatively, managers can make a referral.  Information on how to make a referral can be found on our Employee Assistance Programme web page.
 
JustAsk

JustAsk is a listening service offering confidential support and signposting to staff.  It is operated by a team of volunteers who can provide a listening ear and information to their staff on a range of issues.

Our Faith and Spirituality Team  also provide dedicated and confidential support for anyone affected by harassment and in need of someone to talk to. They can be contacted by email: pastoral.support@ncl.ac.uk

The Education Support Network
Free telephone and online support and counselling for anyone who works in Education.


Trade Unions

Newcastle University recognises three campus trade unions: UNISON, UCU and UNITE.

Unison are here to support its members who feel they are experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Our branch officers and stewards are experienced in dealing with and advising on issues of discrimination. We are also backed up by regional and national self-organised groups who campaign for the rights of people with protected characteristics.

If you'd like to discuss any issues you are facing, please do not hesitate to email or call us directly for advice.

Contact details: Tel: 07557 922 884 / Email: unison@ncl.ac.uk

UCU

UCU (University and College Union) can support members who are experiencing discrimination in the workplace.  The branch committee and caseworkers are there to help staff experiencing discrimination, with the support of regional and national UCU officers.  If you wish to discuss any issues, please see our website for contact details.

UNITE

Unite acts on behalf of its members and bargains with employers to achieve greater equality and diversity in the workplace. If you are suffering from discrimination, harassment or bullying at work you should contact your shop steward, representative or regional Unite office. All enquiries are treated as confidential.   

Email: unite@newcastle.ac.uk


External sources of support


Mermaids

0808 801 0400

www.mermaidsuk.org.uk

Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people.


Galop

0800 999 5428

http://www.galop.org.uk/report/

Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support LGBTQ+ people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
 
 
GIRES

www.gires.org.uk

GIRES is a UK wide organisation whose purpose is to improve the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people of all ages, including those who are non-binary and non-gender.


Allsorts

01273 721211

www.allsortsyouth.org.uk

Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.


Regard

www.regard.org.uk
National organisation of Disabled Lesbians, Gay Men, Bisexuals and Trans People.
 

Broken Rainbow

0300 999 5428

www.brokenrainbow.org.uk

National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities, their family and friends, and agencies supporting them.
 
 
Northumbria Police

https://services.northumbria.police.uk/online-services/report-an-incident/

Northumbria Police have an online form for reporting incidents which specifically asks about threat, force, violence or intimidation which may be related to race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

 
Stop Hate Line

0800 138 1625

www.stophateuk.org

Stop Hate UK for immediate advice and support. Anyone who is either a victim or a witness of a hate crime will be able to report the incident directly to the Helpline.

 
True Vision

www.report-it.org.uk

True Vision: Police funded website designed to provide information about hate crime and aimed at improving the service that Police provide to minority communities. Self reporting and information pack available as well as online facilities that allows you to report hate crime quickly to the Police.

 
Crimestoppers

0800 555 111

www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Call anonymously with information about crime.

 
Equality Advisory & Support (EASS)

0808 800 0082

www.equalityadvisoryservice.com

Advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights across England, Scotland and Wales.


Victim Support

0808 168 9111
 
www.victimsupport.org.uk
 
National Hate Crime Report and Support Centre supporting people affected by crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales regardless of whether a crime has been reported.
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