Trans Awareness Week 13 - 20 November
Trans is an umbrella term to describe people whose gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth. Trans people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including (but not limited to) transgender, non-binary, or genderqueer.
For many of us our work can bring its own stress. Imagine carrying the added emotional weight of having to deny and suppress one of the most fundamental aspects of who you are—your gender identity—because it doesn’t conform with society’s norms regarding gender expression.
And imagine how it would feel if you revealed your authentic self to those you work with and see every day, only to have them reject, ostracize, or ignore you as a result. These issues are inevitable for many trans people, who often experience stigma and discrimination, hostility, and pressure to “manage” their identities to suit the expectations of others.
As an organisation we continue to work to make DCHS a trust where you can safely bring your authentic self to work. This guide from LGBT Health & Wellbeing provides some top tips for staff on how we can all work towards this. Transgender Workplace Support Project (lgbthealth.org.uk).
Ali Davies-Marsh (pronouns: They/Them)
DCHS LGBT+ & Ally’s Staff Network Chair