Establish a Trans+ Volunteer Officer among the Liberation Officers elected each year by AberSU.

Passed by: Senedd

Passed on: 30/10/2023

Policy lapses: 30/10/2026

Status: Completed

Officer Responsible: President


Should AberSU establish a Trans+ Volunteer Officer role as one of the Liberation Officers?



Aberystwyth has been named the gay capital of Wales. In the 2021 census, Ceredigion had the highest proportion of people over 16 who identified as a different gender identity from the one assigned to them at birth (0.23%), which was the highest percentage for a local authority in Wales and the fifth-highest in the UK (Office for National Statistics). Trans+ liberation, though it is currently represented in the role of LGBTQ+ officer, often requires additional tactics and considerations beyond those adopted by a broader LGBTQ+ movement. For instance, trans+ students face difficulties in accessing healthcare, toilet facilities, and trans-inclusive health and safety information where individuals with LGBQ+ romantic and sexual identities do not have the same barriers. This is a pressing concern now because of the recent, popular backlash against trans rights. Establishing a Trans+ Volunteer Officer would establish an elected individual to continue work on trans+ liberation regardless of the identity and interests of the LGBTQ+ officer, maintaining motion within the union toward trans+ and wider LGBTQ+ liberation simultaneously. At the moment there are two, jointly elected LGBTQ+ Volunteer Officers. Since the Autumn Election has passed for the 2023-24 Volunteer Officer committee, if this idea passes, one of the incumbent LGBTQ+ Volunteer Officers would fill the Trans+ Volunteer Officer role for 2023-24, as the joint officers have already split responsibilities along these lines since their election for the 2022-23 academic year.

Submitted by: Dax Aziraphale FitzMedrud

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