In Support of Trans Colleagues

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Many thanks to the colleagues who have collectively worked to compose this letter.

This letter is being posted here and also on Lawrie Phipps’ site

The recent surge in long-standing prejudice against trans people in the UK (some of which we are also seeing in the US and Canada) is worrying and infuriating in equal measure. We the undersigned are stating our unequivocal support for the trans community, including our trans colleagues in instructional design, academic development, and education technology, with whom we work, from whom we learn, and without whom we could not be as strong across the sector as we are.

There is no room in our field for trans-exclusionary thinking. There is no room in our world for framing trans people as anyone other than who they declare themselves to be. 

Trans men are men. 

Trans women are women.

Non-binary people are people. 

Their presence in this world is no threat to any cisgender people at all. 

We reject the attempt by anti-trans activists and academics to frame their trans-exclusionary language and actions as anything other than abuse. Trans-exclusionary views in learning and research environments, whether expressed openly or not, can and do cause profound harm to students and staff. This is not a matter of “academic freedom” or “sex-based rights.” This is a question of equity, dignity, and basic human rights. 

We want to make it clear that so-called “gender-critical” stances actively harm trans people. An alarming amount of cis people seem to believe that these stances represent a moral good and an important defense against misogyny. This is not the case. The gender critical movement plays on people’s fears to position trans people as the enemy and as acceptable collateral damage in the protection of cis women’s rights. The trans community, and especially trans women and femmes who encounter and deal with misogyny every day, fiercely oppose anyone being assaulted, shamed for who they feel attracted to, or coerced into sexual activity. Suggesting otherwise frames trans people as enemies, and as such is anti trans.

Those who want to publish trans-exclusionary pieces as a part of their academic work can of course do so. When they are called out and directed to the harm those words cause, they need to recognise that these are appropriate consequences, not “cancellation.” 

We sign and publish this letter as a signal to our trans colleagues that we value and support you. We stand with you against prejudice, bigotry, and hate. 


Donna M. Lanclos, PhD

Lawrie Phipps

Samantha Ahern

Ryan Brazell

Anne-Marie Scott

Danielle Johnstone

Puiyin Wong, SFHEA

Kerry Pinny

Bryony Ramsden, PhD

Polly Hinksman

Jason Davies

Hayley Atkinson

Laura Gibbs

Maggie Halterman-Dess

Elizabeth Ellis

Gaby Koenig

Martin King

Simon Bowie

Emma Kennedy

Trip Kirkpatrick

James Saville

Caroline Ball

Maura Smale

Dan Lockton

Ka-Ming Pang

Ella Mitchell

Margy MacMillan

Chris Rowell

Helen Murphy

Dorothea Salo

Bethan Ruddock

Richard Nevell, PhD

John Krug

Dave Pattern

Phil Barker

Andy Windsor

Rebecca jones

Shana Higgins

Daniel Lynds

Kevin Sanders

David Clover

Robin Ewing, St. Cloud State University

Bonnie Stewart

Annie Gleeson

Becky Yoose

Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman

Jane Cramer

David Travis

Ian Clark

Gill Ryan, OU in Scotland

Katharine Schopflin

1 thought on “In Support of Trans Colleagues

  1. Reina Watt

    I am an asexual trans woman, I am no threat to anyone. I’m just living my life as peacefully as best I can. Please, stop the transphobia, stop the hate. Trans people are just ordinary every day people like anyone, they are simply making the extra efforts to be more comfortable with their bodies and themselves.

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