Transphobia is the fear or dislike of someone based on the fact they are trans or non-binary, including denying their gender identity or refusing to accept it. Transphobia may be targeted at people who are, or who are perceived to be, trans or non-binary. 
This kind of bullying and harassment can take many forms, such as: 
  • Making derogatory jokes 
  • Behaviour perceived as unacceptable or unwanted by the recipient 
  • Asking intrusive questions, such as questioning why someone identifies as trans, or asking if they have had surgery 
  • Deliberately and repeatedly ignoring an individual’s identified pronouns 
  • Speculating openly about an individual’s gender, or whether they ‘pass’ as male or female 
  • Unlawful disclosure of an individual’s trans history under the Gender Recognition Act 
  • Calling a transgender or non-binary person their birth name or name they used prior to transitioning; this is known as deadnaming 
  • Denying or disputing the validity and/or existence of a trans or non-binary individual’s identity directly to them  
Learn more about transphobia at TransActual UK, who are run by the trans community, with the trans community, for the trans community.

Learn more about The University of Edinburgh’s support and guidance for students who have experienced any forms of discrimination.

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