What we all can do to support trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary people

Use the pronouns and names that people have asked you to use

Make space for people to share their names and pronouns rather than assuming how they identify.

Use gender inclusive language

Avoid gendered language (e.g., “You guys,” “Hello ladies,” “Boys and girls”); find other ways to talk to people and groups (e.g., “You folks,” “Hello everyone,” “Members of the class”). There are many resources to support the use of gender inclusive language:

Learn more about gender diversity and how to be an ally

Take courses at UVic

For all:

  • Visit the Sexualized Violence Resource office at Equity and Human Rights. The office offers information, support, and education for all UVic community members. You can contact the office for confidential advice, to access support options, and to find out more about UVic’s policy. You can reach us by phone at 250-721-8021 or by email at svpcoordinator@uvic.ca to book a virtual appointment. Our physical office is located in Sedgewick Building, Room C119.
  • Kil KaahlGalangdal – ‘Hear Someone’s Voice Before You See Them’: Anti-Oppression Key Principles, Knowledges, and Equity-Focused Action-Based Frameworks guides participants through critical equity-seeking topics in-depth. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to: white supremacy, white privilege, (systemic) racism, (implicit) bias, racialization, white fragility, settler moves to innocence, microaggressions, colonization, decolonization, Indigenization, Rematriation, MMIWG2S, intersectionality, and EDI. Sessions currently offered monthly through Learning Central

For students:

  • The Office of Student Life offers the Bringing in the Bystander workshop that builds awareness and skills to recognize and intervene in situations of sexualized violence. This workshop develops an understanding of the broad spectrum of behaviours of sexualized violence, including discrimination related to gender identity. By empowering students to become active bystanders, they hope to create a compassionate community response, prevent sexualized violence, and foster a safer environment on campus. The workshop is offered in-person and online.

For staff and faculty: 

  • Human Resources offers courses on gender diversity, bystander intervention, and many other relevant topics.

Get involved

Those who want to be involved in removing barriers and increasing access for trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary people at UVic can get involved by:

  • Requesting education on gender diversity in your unit.
  • Identifying and supporting possible changes to the work or culture of the unit (e.g., through changing what information is asked for on forms, updating information on your website, introducing the use of pronoun sharing and asking in your area, or many other possibilities).
  • Attending training on gender diversity.
  • Connecting with your director or chair to join or form an equity committee in your unit.