How can universities better support LGBT students?
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The NUS’s report into the lives of LGBT students at UK universities threw up some worrying results – for example that only 21% of trans students feel safe on campus, and that over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual students who have considered dropping out have felt this way because they don’t fit in. The NUS has published guidelines that it believes universities and students’ unions should follow, in order to combat the difficulties that students are facing on a daily basis. The report found that universities were struggling to meet the needs of trans students in particular, with students reporting a lack of communication between university services causing them to be registered with the wrong name, leading to issues such as not being able to access the library. Other, potentially more dangerous, problems included trans students having no appropriate place to get changed at the gym, and the lack of gender-neutral toilets at most universities. To combat these issues, the NUS is advising that universities “facilitate changes of name and gender on student registers and preserve students’ confidentiality in doing so”, “train staff on LGBT issues and include respect for students’ identity in the code of conduct” and “have gender-neutral toilets and facilities to enable everyone use them safely and without fear of being outed.”
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