Harassment related to gender reassignment is illegal under the Equality Act 2010. It is also unlawful harassment to treat a person less favourably as a result of their submission to or rejection of conduct which amounts to harassment related to gender reassignment. A person has the characteristic of gender reassignment if that person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing the physiological or other attributes of sex. Individuals do not have to be under medical supervision to be protected by the law. University policies, practices, and procedures cover all gender identities including trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. 

The following are some examples of activities that might constitute harassment related to gender reassignment: 
  • refusing to address a trans person by their preferred name and correct gender pronoun repeated and deliberate mis-gendering of a trans person or people 
  • denying a trans person or people access to the appropriate single sex facilities such as toilets or changing rooms 
  • engaging in banter or making transphobic comments, taunts or jokes 
  • outing an individual as trans without their permission or spreading rumours or gossip about their gender identity, expression and/or history 
  • ignoring or excluding an individual from activities because they are trans asking a trans person intrusive questions about their private life 
  • making assumptions and judgements about someone based on their gender identity, expression and/or history 
  • verbally or physically abusing or intimidating someone because they are trans 

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