On the 14th December, the National Union of Students made the historic decision to introduce a full-time transgender officer and trans campaign. This monumental decision makes NUS the first organisation in Europe who have a dedicated trans officer who will defend and lobby for transgender rights.
Melantha Chittenden, NUS LGBT+ Officer (Women’s Place), said on the 14th December in a statement:
“’Today has proven that you genuinely can change hearts and minds with hard work and commendable arguments. Look at everyone today who came out in support of this motion, all those who couldn’t attend but took time out to submit a proxy, all those not here but showing their support on #transformNUS”
Chittenden works to improve the experiences of education of LGBT students’ and challenges discrimination. She continued:
“Having a dedicated trans officer doesn’t mean that the fight is over though, it doesn’t mean that trans people now miraculously have equal rights, access to education or adequate support. We must all take responsibility in supporting and respecting the new NUS trans officer when they’re elected in March but also the trans students on every one of your campus’ who are disproportionately affected by austerity and cuts to vital services”
Pulse Politics have approached UCLan Students’ Union Transgender Students’ Representative Ollie Nield for comment.