We recognise that there are barriers to asking about LGBTQUA+ inclusive and queer practice, and are committed to breaking down those barriers. We offer an anonymous question-answering service as part of those efforts.
You might want to ask about:
- LGBTQUA+ inclusive terminology and language
- Queer pedagogies, and/or LGBTQUA+ inclusive pedagogies
- LGBTQUA+ inclusive data collection
- Supporting LGBTQUA+ staff and students
- Queering practice
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Your Questions Answered
How many trans students are there at Warwick?
1% of students have explicitly declared that their gender is not the same as the gender they were assigned at birth. That's approximately 270 students.
Is it still OK to have gendered group activities, as long as it includes all self-identifying people of that gender?
Yes, there are times when it's still desirable to organise gendered group activities. It's helpful to consider the following in doing so:
- Is it essential that you restrict access by gender? In doing so, you may prevent some people who would benefit from accessing it, such as a trans person who is not 'out' or who may feel concerned that their presence will be challenged.
- How can you ensure that your eligibility criteria includes the right people? For example, if you are organising a discussion on lived experiences of sexism, restricting attendance to 'women only' might result in excluding non-binary people who experience sexism, who may have valuable contributions and benefit from attending. You might reframe attendance as for 'women and those with lived experience of sexism'.
It is not advisable to split those in attendance at a mixed-gender event (or similar) into gendered groups. Doing so may result in some people being excluded from all groups (for example non-binary people if there are groups for male participants and female participants only), and/or may pressure people into publicly declaring their gender identity or joining a group that doesn't align with their gender identity.
Is there a link to the different things we can include in our email signature, or an example of an email signature we can refer to?
The University's brand guidance on email signatures includes a suggestion of how and where to include your pronouns in your email signature. However, there are many variations, and you might like to look in the email signatures of others for further examples, such as 'My personal pronouns are he/him.'
Is it best practice to introduce yourself with your pronouns?
When you feel comfortable sharing your pronouns, yes. This introductory guide offers some examples for how to share your pronouns with others.
How should I correct things if I misgender someone (especially if I have previously made an error and not noticed until a while later)?
The Queering University guide to challenging incorrect pronouns and misgendering offers some advice on how to apologise, correct yourself, and take steps to avoid making the same mistake.
The guidance applies to whether you notice straight away or after some time. It is still advisable to reach out with a brief apology, correct yourself ("Apologies, I should have said 'she' when I referred to you.") and take steps to practice and reduce future mistakes.
What gender options should I offer when collecting gender data?
Best practice questions and response options for collecting gender, sexual orientation, and trans identity data can be found in the programme's guide on the topic here.
In summary, you should offer a free text field where possible, but if it's necessary to limit the number of options it's recommended that you offer:
- Prefer not to say
What does LGBTQUA+ stand for?
LGBTQUA+Link opens in a new window is an acronym used at Warwick to refer to the community of people who identify as one or more of the following:
- LesbianLink opens in a new window (L)
- GayLink opens in a new window (G)
- BiLink opens in a new window (B)
- TransLink opens in a new window (T)
- QueerLink opens in a new window (Q)
- UndefinedLink opens in a new window (U)
- On the AsexualLink opens in a new window or AromanticLink opens in a new window spectra (A)
- Another identity which experiences similar forms of prejudice and/or discrimination (+).
Elsewhere, you may have seen the community referred to via other similar acronyms, such as LGBT, LGBT+, LGBTQ+, or LGBTQIA+.