What is Transgender Day of Remembrance?

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November honouring the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Additionally, the week before TDOR, people and organisations around the country participate in Transgender Awareness Week to raise visibility for transgender people and address issues the community faces.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people – sometimes in the most brutal ways possible – it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice." – Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith


Understanding transgendered people’s experiences of hate crime

University of Plymouth undergraduate alumni and current postgraduate student, Katie McBride (nee Pratt), is undertaking research to understand experiences of violence and hate crime in everyday life for people who identify as transgender. 
Katie is interested in hearing from anyone who has in the past or currently self-identifies as transgender. Katie’s research recognises the breadth of identities that such a label can encompass and as such you will not be excluded if you identify your gender as something other than transgender but nonetheless as outside of societal notions of gender as fixed and binary.
For more information please contact Katie McBride in confidence.

LGBT+ inclusion maps

We want to help you settle in and feel comfortable bringing your whole self to campus and our inclusion planner and inclusion maps are here to help.
Gender-neutral toilets: The University of Plymouth supports our trans and non-binary staff and students in using the toilets they feel most comfortable in. You have every right to feel safe in the toilet you choose. If you would prefer to use a gender-neutral toilet then use this gender-neutral toilets map to find your closest one.
LGBT+ Breathing Spaces: The University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Network has launched a network of breathing spaces across campus to allow any LGBT+ person to go somewhere quiet to pause, relax and decide what to do next. If you would like your work area to become a breathing space, please email and find your nearest breathing space.
Gender neutral toilet map
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LGBT+ Allies Network

Are you passionate about supporting your LGBT+ colleagues and students? If you identify as heterosexual and/or cisgender but still want to help the University of Plymouth address LGBT+ equality then you may wish to join our vibrant LGBT+ Allies Network!

By signing up as an ally you will receive a new rainbow lanyard to wear around campus and take part in LGBT+ Allies training so you can learn about the challenges faced by LGBT+ people and how best to support them. In addition, throughout the year you will be invited to social events, seminars and training courses to help you make the most out of your role as an LGBT+ Ally. 

Sign up as an ally

Powerful TransYouth video

As we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, TransYouth have released a video featuring trans people between the ages of 16 and 24. This extremely powerful video was created with social change company Shape History and in partnership with Jake Graf, a trans director and activist.

“As someone who grew up without any positive trans role models, I had long wanted to give a voice and platform to the new wave of brave, inspiring and visible young trans faces and activists.” said Jake Graf.

Watch the video on YouTube

Proud to be a safe, welcoming and diverse community

Our staff, students and anyone interacting with us should feel comfortable being who they are.

We encourage students to speak up and report incidents of misconduct to help us maintain our friendly and safe university culture.