UAL has teamed up with VICE to speak up for the rights of transgender and non-binary people in a powerful new initiative.

On 9 October 2018, UAL will co-host Recognise Me: an open drop-in event that encourages all UAL students, staff and supporters to respond to the open government consultation calling for public views on how to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

In an LGBQT government survey, the transgender community reported having to endure a costly, intrusive and lengthy process to ‘prove’ their gender identity in order to get legal recognition. In response, the government seeks public opinion on whether that process should be made easier and more streamlined.

Recognise Me will be held at UAL’s Central Saint Martins Platform Bar – with representatives from VICE, Stonewall and UAL encouraging responses. Stonewall has created a streamlined form that takes participants 10 minutes to complete. This version of the public consultation form makes it easier to respond to the key questions that reflect the top priorities for Gender Recognition Act reform identified by trans communities in A Vision for Change.

Recognise Me will showcase film screenings of interviews with trans and non-binary persons, live photo booth, music, drink tokens and discussion.

The event will also feature UAL’s London College of Fashion alumna, Charlie Craggs, who will be running Nail Transphobia – delivering glamorous free manicures and debunking the myths and misconceptions of being trans.

Charlie is a widely celebrated, trans activist, campaigner and author of To My Trans Sisters – tirelessly tackling transphobia. Charlie has been profiled in Vogue, The Guardian, DazedHuffington Post, amongst many others.


Katayoun Jalili, They/Them, Welfare Officer at Arts SU

Charlie will be joined by Arts SU welfare officer, genderqueer multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer, Katayoun Jalilipour will also be on hand to share their experiences. Katayoun was named as one of the top 5 queer artists in 2017 by i-D.

Katayoun said:

“The gender recognition act will have a huge impact on the lives of transgender and non-binary people. It’s an exciting time for you to support your loved ones who may be in desperate need for change to the Gender Recognition Act, so come to the event on the 9th October, if you want to get involved in the change, or simply want to learn more about it.”


UAL strives to actively support its transgender and non-binary community by providing options for students to self-nominate their preferred gender. Students are given the option to select “O” rather than male or female on their student records. In addition, students who wish to change their gender classification on their record can do so at any point during their time at UAL.

Read about UAL trans students and their visual journeys in London College of Communication’s Artefact magazine.

Join in, speak up for trans and non-binary rights and help change the law.


Event details

Recognise Me
Tuesday 9 October; 5 – 10 pm

Platform Bar, Central Saint Martins UAL
1 Granary Square, Kings Cross

Sign up to Stonewall’s streamlined form

For information on help and support available at UAL, visit the Student Services webpage on the UAL website.