ULB transgender students may choose first name on ID cards
Tuesday, 05 September 2017
Transgender and intersex students who wish to register at the Brussels Free University, ULB, for the 2017-2018 academic year may choose the first name they wish to have placed on their student ID cards, the ULB stated in a press release on Tuesday. This is a first in the history of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, according to the university. “It’s real progress towards giving better consideration to what transgender or intersex persons experience daily,” stressed Laurent Licata, Vice-Chancellor of the ULB responsible for Diversity and Gender Policies.
The decision was taken following a round table organized in March last by the Equality Law Clinic, which brings together professors, doctoral students and other students who specialize in law, to discuss issues related to equality and non-discrimination.
These discussions showed that various administrative procedures obliged such persons to come out almost daily; in other words, they obliged them to explain that they were transgender or intersexual and that their gender did not correspond to what was indicated on their identity cards,” ULB explained in its press release.