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Trans Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

18 November 2021

Trans Awareness Week is a week when trans, non-binary and gender diverse people and their allies take action to help raise awareness and the visibility of who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that affect the trans community.

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Trans Awareness Week runs from 13 to 19 November every year, leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November, a day to remember and mourn all the transgender people lost to violence this year.

Personal stories and experiences

During February 2018 we proudly produced an LGBT+ role models video and role models booklet in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire LGBT+ and the University of Derby.

In the video, individuals from our partnership organisations share their personal stories of being part of the LGBT+ community to encourage colleagues to be proud to be themselves and out in the workplace, including Trans colleagues.

Pride in progress flag

You're probably aware of the 'traditional' 6-striped rainbow flag, but did you know that in 2018 the Pride Progress flag was developed. The additional chevrons to the left have been included to represent the Trans and Black and minority ethnic communities.

Preferred pronouns

You might have noticed some of our colleagues or organisations we work with externally include pronouns in their email signatures. You may wonder why.

Pronouns are words we use to refer to people's gender in conversation - for example, 'he' or 'she'. So, instead of 'man', we use he/him/his, for 'woman', she/her/hers.

Some people however may prefer others to refer to them in gender neutral language and use pronouns such as they/them/theirs.

Everyone has pronouns based on their gender identity, but it isn't always possible to know someone's gender identity from their appearance alone or even their name (for example Alex or Gurpreet which are unisex names), so we shouldn't make assumptions about a person's pronouns from their appearance, voice, or characteristics.

Why it's important

Judging by name or appearance is not an accurate method for determining a person's pronouns. Most of the time it will probably work, but when someone is referred to with a pronoun that doesn't align with their gender identity, it can make them feel alienated.

It's good practice for us all to normalise sharing our pronouns, rather than expecting people to assume them correctly, especially if we meet someone for the first time.

Getting pronouns right is a basic way to respect a person's identity.

email signature example with the use of pronoun

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The stigma of mental health in the LGBTQ+ community

The PwC Shine Network along with The Alliance Network East Midlands are holding an event called 'Addressing the stigma of mental health' in the LGBTQ+ community, which you are invited to attend. The panel will be discussing the stigma of mental health on the community and the impact it has. We'll hear inspiring stories and have a powerful discussion from a fantastic panel of speakers.

The online event takes place on Wednesday 1 December 2021 from 5pm to 6pm.

Find out about addressing the stigma of mental health in the LGBTQ+ community and reserve a place.

More information

Do you have more questions about some of the terminology used or would you like to learn more about LGBT+ communities?

Please look out for LGBT+ and Trans Awareness live courses on our Derbyshire Learning Online. Or explore some of the online resources such us the LGBT+ list of terms.

Join our LGBT+ employee network

If you're interested in helping to change things for the better for LGBT+ employees and users of our services, please consider joining our LGBT+ employee network. The group meets regularly through MS Teams and its meetings are open to any employee.