Finding your identity is a big part of becoming your own person. For many people, this happens as a young adult in college. Trinity College strives to be a safe and accepting place to explore who you are.
It is important to remember that there is no ‘correct’ way to come out. What is important is that you feel comfortable in your exploration and know that you are always worthy of respect and autonomy.
Women, trans, and non-binary people across the island continue to struggle against barriers to equality. Period dignity is one of the most basic things our community can ask for. If you menstruate, you should be able to access pads and tampons when you need them so that you can go about your day.
From Monday March 13th, free pads and tampons will be available in ten locations across campus. Estates & Facilities will stock them on a daily basis, similarly to other basic supplies like toilet paper or soap. They are being procured from @we.are.riley, an Irish-owned brand that makes biodegradable products with zero bleach, toxins, or harmful chemicals.
Your TCDSU Welfare & Equality Officer is delighted to launch this scheme with gratitude to Trinity Trust — but ten locations is not enough. Period products should and can be available in every toilet for all student and staff.
On 8 March 2022, the Irish Government announced the roll-out of free period products in further education and the training sector. 9 colleges across 6 ETBs (Education and Training Boards) are involved in this pilot initiative, which will see free, sustainable period products and dispensers for students. Trinity College Dublin is not included in this pilot project, and it is unlikely that public funding for period products will reach us anytime soon.
Until that happens, it is vital that the College steps in to ensure that every bathroom across our campuses has a dispenser for free tampons and pads.
It is also important to flag that there is an overwhelming lack of gender-neutral bathrooms across the College. Your Union is fighting on this. You are part of an organisation built on solidarity — we haven’t won until every member has equal access.
Sign the petition below to call on the College to fund #PeriodDignity 🚨✊
Trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students can apply to this fund to facilitate their transition. Applicants of the fund may apply for financial compensation for items to assist in their transition. These include but are not limited to:
Gender recognition certificate
We have a reference price list if you want a guide as to how much money is needed for certain items.
€20,000 allocation from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Fund.
€2,000 to be made available each academic year for ten years.
Maximum of €200 available for each student.
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