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Trans Day of Visibility: Display your pronouns

Today we recognise Trans Day of Visibility, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the discrimination faced by the trans community, but also to celebrating the achievements and contributions of trans people across the world.

The University of Brighton is committed to supporting our trans and non-binary students and staff and creating a more inclusive environment, however we recognise there is more to be done.

Pronoun awareness

When someone is referred to with a pronoun that doesn’t align with their gender identity, it can make them feel invalidated and cause them significant distress. Getting pronouns right is an important way to respect a person’s gender identity.

She - Her pronouns They - Them pronouns Hi - Him pronouns

Last year, we worked with the Brighton Students’ Union to develop pronoun icons that students and staff can upload as their profile icon on Microsoft Teams. The icons were created by Design for Digital Media BA (Hons) student Chloe Morris, and we encourage all students and staff, trans or cis, to download theirs via the link below.

Download your Pronoun Icons for Microsoft Teams

The Equality and Diversity Team has also worked with the LGBT+ Staff Network to develop this guide outlining tips on getting pronouns right.

Download the Getting Pronouns Right guide (PDF)

Support for trans and non-binary students

Trans and non-binary students do not need to have legally changed their name to be able to change their forename, title, and gender on their student record, the initials in their university email address, and the name and photograph on their Unicard. The only exception is their final degree certificate which does need to be in their legal name. The university will, however, support a student who wants their ‘Calling Name’ at their graduation ceremony (i.e. the name read out at the ceremony) to be different from their legal name.

Find out how you can change your name and other details on your student record.

The university also has a Named Contact for trans and non-binary students – Marianne Lemond, the Student Experience and Equalities Manager. She can advise you and help co-ordinate support in a range of areas including: the process for changing your name and other details on the student record; support in communicating with your lecturers or other key staff about your name and pronouns (if this would be helpful); and time off for gender-affirmative surgery/medical treatment. Email Marianne at

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Alice Maguire • 31 March 2022

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  1. Faith Wilson 4 April 2022 - 11.14am Reply


    I am a trans student in my first year at Brighton and I’d just like to add to this. Whilst this is a good, small article on pronouns it would be amazing to see the inclusion of neo pronouns in articles on trans visibility.

    Thank you 🙂

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