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Asva student union launches petition against ‘deadnaming’ at graduation ceremonies

Sterre van der Hee,
7 juli 2022 - 11:56

The Asva Students’ Union has started a petition against ‘deadnaming’ – the naming or mentioning of the birth name, rather than the self-chosen name – of trans and non-binary students at graduation ceremonies.

Universities typically include the birth name on diplomas which can be ‘confrontational and painful’ for a group of students, the union argues. In addition, it would lead to students being forced to come out of the closet during their graduation ceremonies.


The petition is endorsed by several student clubs, including student association A.S.V. Gay, action group Diversity Forum UvA, the Communist Youth Movement and PvdA youth party Young Socialists. You can sign the petition here