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International Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31 is a day dedicated to celebrating the lives of Trans+, Two-Spirit, non-binary and gender-diverse people. It is also a day where we must recognize the struggles, sacrifices and achievements of those who have fought, and continue to fight, for gender equity.

So much of the fear-based hatred that plagues the Trans+ communities is rooted and spread through misinformation, ignorance or the unwillingness to understand people who are different.

International Transgender Day of Visibility reminds us that we can all be allies in many ways and work together to stand up for the protection and promotion of human rights of the transgender communities, because there is still work to be done.

UVic is committed to providing a safe and inclusive living, working and learning environment for all of our community members. Upholding equity and creating a culture of belonging is echoed in our Equity Action Plan, our trans-inclusion resource pages, programming, and in our trans-inclusive policies, including the Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Policy.

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Transgender archives

UVic is home to the largest collection of original documents recording the history of pioneering activists, community leaders and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of Trans+ people. They are available to the public for free. 


Chair in Transgender Scholarships & Fellowships

Scholarships and fellowships are available for UVic Trans+ undergraduate students ($500), master's students ($1,000) and PhD students ($5,000). UVic graduate students of any gender who are pursuing Trans+ related research in any field may also apply. Applications for undergraduate scholarships and fellowships open April 1. 

All-gender washrooms

UVic has an all-gender washroom page with a map of the locations of all-gender washrooms on campus. The page also includes the project plan and timelines for adding more all-gender washrooms on campus. Find an all-gender washroom.

Expanded gender declaration options

Expanded gender declaration options for UVic applicants, students and employees are now available. Gender identities can be updated through Banner, the main UVic record system. 

Equity Action Plan

The Equity Action Plan (EAP) provides UVic with a set of goals and specific actions to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and conditions for belonging.

Review the reflection and action guides to learn what each of us can do to make the campus more equitable and inclusive. Share with the community what you are already doing to make the campus a better place for Trans+ people using our Community Actions page

The Better Data Project

Better Data is a new UVic project to improve how we gather, organize and use information about our students and employees. The project aims to address gaps in how UVic recognizes diverse groups and to increase the ability to identify and analyze intersectional identities on campus. Your answers will help us better understand the diverse needs of our campus community.


Celebrate Trans+ people worldwide at the Trans Day of Visibility Social on Thursday, March 28.

Resources & supports

Learn more about gender diversity inclusion at UVic, including information about UVic services and external services for trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary students and employees, as well as how to be an ally and gender inclusive in the classroom.