An apology to trans and non-binary people

Nottingham Women’s Centre is open to trans women and some non-binary people but we don’t always get things right. We used language that was excluding and othering towards trans, including non-binary people, when asking people to categorise their gender in a recent consultation exercise. We used the terms ‘female from birth’ and ‘male from birth’ and since people are not given a choice about their gender when they are born this is not an appropriate category to use for anyone. We regret not checking this wording, despite the ready availability of best practice guidance and our commitment to consult the trans community on matters that affect them. We would like to thank Notts Trans Hub for bringing this to our attention and giving us a chance to work with them and others to improve our understanding of appropriate language and how to make the Centre more welcoming to trans women including some non-binary people.


Nottingham takes a stand against hate

Nottingham leaders united to take a stand against hate crime at a special event on Monday 15th October. Timed to coincide with the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018, the event emphasised the partnership approach being taken to tackle hate crime. The ‘No to Hate’ event was organised to reaffirm the partnership’s commitment to tackling prejudice and hatred in all forms, and to send a clear message that there is ‘no place for hate’ in Nottingham.

 

Kate Meynell, Assistant Chief Constable at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Nobody should be made to feel afraid, intimidated or threatened because of who they are. Nottinghamshire Police will not tolerate hate crime of any kind and we will treat any report extremely seriously. I’m proud to be here today to reiterate the message that Nottinghamshire is no place for hate.”

No Place For Hate’ Summit On Friday 19th October, 11am – 1pm, a ‘No Place For Hate’ Summit will be hosted by One Nottingham and Nottingham Citizens at the Royal Concert Hall. The summit will highlight the valuable and innovative work taking place in Nottingham to tackle prejudice, and is aimed at helping organisations, businesses, schools and other institutions to explore how they can play a role in tackling prejudice and hate.

There will be an opportunity to hear from those affected by hate, as well as from those making valuable contributions to tackle it including Nottingham Women’s Centre.

Tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/no-place-for-hate-summit-tickets-50440908114