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Gender Reassignment: Resources & Support

Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. 

The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because of gender reassignment. Under the Act gender reassignment means proposing to undergo, undergoing, or having undergone a process to reassign your sex. To be protected from gender reassignment discrimination, you do not need to have undergone medical treatment or surgery to change from your birth sex to your preferred gender 

Our aim is to ensure that everyone regardless of their gender identity can thrive during their time at St Mary’s. We have a range of policies, activities, and resources in place to support this aim.

Any student or member of staff who has been affected by discrimination, bullying, harassment, violence, or hate crime is encouraged to visit our Report and Support pages for staff and for students for detailed information about their options.


  • Join the student LGBTQ+ Society.
  • Access the St Mary's LGBTQ+ Staff Network Keeping-in-Touch service for students. 
    • You are very welcome to have a confidential chat with a member of the staff network. If they are concerned that you or another person may be at risk, they would need to tell someone -- but even in this situation they will take care not to out you as LGBT. 
  • Seek support from a trained counsellor in our Student Wellbeing Service. 
  • Seek support from a member of our St Mary's Student Union student officer team.