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Queerness & University

How are other transgender & Queer people finding university? Is it a good environment? Are there things I should know in advance to keep in mind for my Uni day-to-day or even party/fun life?

Mainly just asking this to settle some long term nerves. :smile:
Reply 1
So I can't speak for the party scene but I'm in my second year of uni and have been out for most of it, not to the uni officially but to my friends/people I meet. (For context, I'm trans, gay and asexual) I was super nervous when I first arrived and still went by my deadname for the first few months until I got comfortable with the people I was around, and ever since then I haven't had any problems! I actually ended up befriending a lot of people who are also queer, both on my course and in the rock/metal music society which I'm part of (we once did a collaboration event with the Taylor Swift society which me and my friend joked was a gayer event than anything the actual LGBTQ+ society could run lol). My uni also has several LGBTQ+ societies and a lot of the staff wear the official lanyards that are printed with mini progress pride flags on and have their pronouns in their email signature which is always really comforting to see. The SU runs social events for LGBTQ+ History Month and Pride as well, and most of the buildings (especially the SU-run spaces) have gender neutral bathrooms. I can't speak to if their official processes for name changing etc are any good because I haven't engaged with them, but certainly among the general day-to-day 'on the ground' environment, it's very chill. People generally don't pay any mind since I'd say uni is a lot more of an open space to express yourself - as a rocker I am constantly in band t-shirts, combat boots and relatively bold makeup, as well as having pride pins on my lanyard, and no one has ever said anything negative. If anything, it has only helped me find other alt/queer friends! So while I can't guarantee nothing negative will happen, it's definitely very chill on a day-to-day basis! :smile:
Reply 2
Original post by cyberhex
So I can't speak for the party scene but I'm in my second year of uni and have been out for most of it, not to the uni officially but to my friends/people I meet. (For context, I'm trans, gay and asexual) I was super nervous when I first arrived and still went by my deadname for the first few months until I got comfortable with the people I was around, and ever since then I haven't had any problems! I actually ended up befriending a lot of people who are also queer, both on my course and in the rock/metal music society which I'm part of (we once did a collaboration event with the Taylor Swift society which me and my friend joked was a gayer event than anything the actual LGBTQ+ society could run lol). My uni also has several LGBTQ+ societies and a lot of the staff wear the official lanyards that are printed with mini progress pride flags on and have their pronouns in their email signature which is always really comforting to see. The SU runs social events for LGBTQ+ History Month and Pride as well, and most of the buildings (especially the SU-run spaces) have gender neutral bathrooms. I can't speak to if their official processes for name changing etc are any good because I haven't engaged with them, but certainly among the general day-to-day 'on the ground' environment, it's very chill. People generally don't pay any mind since I'd say uni is a lot more of an open space to express yourself - as a rocker I am constantly in band t-shirts, combat boots and relatively bold makeup, as well as having pride pins on my lanyard, and no one has ever said anything negative. If anything, it has only helped me find other alt/queer friends! So while I can't guarantee nothing negative will happen, it's definitely very chill on a day-to-day basis! :smile:

Thank you so much for your response!

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