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transphobia at uni?

I'm a pre everything trans guy basically and the plan is to be fully out about it at uni but like I don't want to be hate crimed lol.
I'm not out to parents so no lgbt accom for me but Im considering finding some solo accom anyways (rip my wallet) because I don't want to be uncomfortable/make others uncomfortable.
Especially as a brown guy because ik there's more queerphobia in brown communities but I've also seen racism in queer communities so it's peak.
basically though I just want to know what unis/areas are actually good with it, I assume London unis would be good so I'm considering applying to them but y'know it's still the capital of terf island so yeah.
dont bother commenting anything transphobic, you can't do **** over a screen
If I said there was no transphobia at universities, I'd be lying, but in general they're among the most trans-welcoming communities in British society. You won't find it difficult to find LGBT societies and community, and universities tend to have pretty accommodating and inclusive policies on this kind of thing. You might get an abrupt or casual transphobic remark from laddish types, but you should be pretty safe and OK.
You'll be fine at university. There are a number of societies to accommodate, and events thrown to show support. One of my best friends is intersex and has had no hurtful comments made as far as I know (but I'm sure there will have been the rare few), and she seems happy enough. Just own it, and don't go into the wrong circles.
I've moved this into University life as it looks like you're looking for advice rather than debate :smile:
SOAS uni in London. It has a massive reputation for being so incredibly liberal that I would be flabagasted if anyone transphobic went there. If avoiding transphobia/racism is a priority factor for you when considering uni’s then I would defo recommend SOAS. Another good option tho would be Sussex uni as it’s very liberal and is basically in Brighton (the gay capital of the uk) so you’d be in a queer friendly city, I’ve been and literally every street has a pride flag on it (slay)
Original post by username6520888
I'm a pre everything trans guy basically and the plan is to be fully out about it at uni but like I don't want to be hate crimed lol.
I'm not out to parents so no lgbt accom for me but Im considering finding some solo accom anyways (rip my wallet) because I don't want to be uncomfortable/make others uncomfortable.
Especially as a brown guy because ik there's more queerphobia in brown communities but I've also seen racism in queer communities so it's peak.
basically though I just want to know what unis/areas are actually good with it, I assume London unis would be good so I'm considering applying to them but y'know it's still the capital of terf island so yeah.
dont bother commenting anything transphobic, you can't do **** over a screen
There’s nothing to be worried about being trans, people at university also won’t care. Trust me, I’m quite self-anxious and self-aware all the time, I’m scared if I do something or say something, it might offend someone. Trust me there’s going to lots of lgbtq people in university!

People at university are grown adults what are they going to do you? Take your family? Threaten you? Of course not. I could completely understand you about the parent part since I’m Asian and I know how strict parents are, and how they want their kids to be the ‘right way’ and ‘act’ the right way for their gender. It’s completely fine not to come out to them, maybe it’s a further future thing to think of.

I’m also sure you’ll friends in university, who’ll treat you just as normal as everyone else and be your lgbt accom and supporter when you need it. Theres absolutely nothing wrong with being trans, I see people all sorts of people on the street, clothes and hairstyle. Be proud! It’s easier said than done but it’s up to your heart and how you see others/ surroundings.
i’m in a v similar situation as i’m ftm (only recently came out socially) and half arab & about to move out of a small conservative town to uni. i’ve firmed falmouth & mainly looked at southern uni’s as they had good opportunities for filmmaking courses.

obviously stereotyping is wrong and all but on open days it was very obvious that a lot of queer people were attracted to coastal unis like falmouth, brighton & bournemouth - and idk what course you’re considering but the fact that they were mainly art-specialising schools definitely made a difference in demographic.

as for possible transphobia, there’s no saying what could happen in the future, but each of the uni’s were extremely vocal on their protection of queer wellbeing, openly celebrated queer students and coursework on open days & offered things like lgbtq societies to meet other queer students.

i hope you find somewhere for you to feel comfortable enough to be yourself and don’t have to compromise your life for anyone else’s. always here to chat if you need someone
I have worked in Accommodation Services for a college and 2 Universities in Scotland.

Each organisation had very strong student conduct, pro Trans and LGBQ+ policies, strong commitments to equality and diversity policies, pro respect and tolerance and anti discrimination.

At my last Uni, applicants for accommodation in halls could provide their preferred gender, preferred name (that can differ from birth name) etc on their application.

All of my colleagues made all of their student residents feel welcome.

Most Unis have a very broad array of students and staff from dozens of countries, many faiths, all political and social spectrums.
Original post by username6520888
I'm a pre everything trans guy basically and the plan is to be fully out about it at uni but like I don't want to be hate crimed lol.
I'm not out to parents so no lgbt accom for me but Im considering finding some solo accom anyways (rip my wallet) because I don't want to be uncomfortable/make others uncomfortable.
Especially as a brown guy because ik there's more queerphobia in brown communities but I've also seen racism in queer communities so it's peak.
basically though I just want to know what unis/areas are actually good with it, I assume London unis would be good so I'm considering applying to them but y'know it's still the capital of terf island so yeah.
dont bother commenting anything transphobic, you can't do **** over a screen

Hi @username6520888
My name is Will, I'm a Media Production Student at Bournemouth University.
I can completely relate to where you are coming from & the concern of choosing the right uni. I am openly gay myself and truthfully didn't fully come to realise my sexuality until I was about to start University.
Bournemouth is a great space and I have never experienced any homophobia in and around the town. The Uni as well is very inclusive and advocates for the safety and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ Individuals. Our Student's Union is especially great at this as well with both an LGBTQ+ Officer & a Trans, Non-Binary, Intersex & Gender Identify Officer who are current students & who are there to support you as well as join committee meetings to push for change in anything that isn't working for students. We also have Three LGBTQIA+ Societies: 1) LGBTQ+ Network, Trans, Non-Bonary, Intersex & Gender Identity Network & Iris LGBTQ+ Society which you are always welcome to get involved in.
Finally, every year, BU host a Student Pride event which has always been so much fun! I wrote a blog about it here: https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/student-blog/2023/02/10/national-student-pride-at-bu/
And you can find more about our Part-Time Officers here: https://www.subu.org.uk/represented/officers/
Bournemouth is a great LGBTQ+ Space and I feel very safe there!
I know this can be quite a personal subject, so if you, or any other LGBTQ+ people going to Uni wanted to talk some more, You can find me via my Uni's Unibuddy service here: https://api.unibuddy.co/og/bournemouth-university/buddies/students/63401cb7391f97000a2618a3?buddyPosition=share
I hope this helps & don't hesitate to get in touch if you have anymore questions
Best
Will, BU Student Rep

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