House of Commons to debate trans equality – ask your MP to attend

Ask your Mp to take part in next week's Parliamentary debate on trans equality

Last week Parliament scheduled a trans equality motion to be debated in the House of Commons next Thursday, 1st of December.

In January 2016 the Women and Equalities Committee published its Transgender Equality Report, following several months of consultation with the trans community and organisations that work with trans people.

In July, the Government published its response to the Report.

In September MP Maria Miller requested the debate on behalf of the Committee, stating that the Report, with its 30 plus recommendations, did not get the coverage it deserves from the Government. The Report points out some real shortcomings in public services and the law with regard to trans people.

Why is the debate important?

Trans people continue to face inequality and discrimination – it’s vital that we keep our demands on the political agenda.  It’s also  important that the recommendations made by the Women and Equalities Committee are not sidelined now that the Government has published its response to the Report.

What can I do?

It’s important that we get as many MPs as possible at the debate to support the Committee’s recommendations.

You can write to your MP by email to encourage them to attend the debate. Writing a personal message is more effective than sending a template email.

Not all MPs will have the same understanding of trans issues and gender variance.

If you are trans or gender variant, it could be helpful to give examples of difficulties that you have faced.

It could be useful to mention:

  • Why it is important to attend the debate
  • Ways that you feel that being trans has been a disadvantage to you (if you’re trans) or the challenges that trans people face
  • What trans equality means to you
  • What action you would like to Government to take to promote trans equality – you might find it helpful to look at the recommendations in the Transgender Equality Report.

You do not have to be trans to write to your MP – it would be brilliant if as many supporters of trans rights as possible wrote to their MPs.

You can find out how to contact local MP here.

By genderedintelligence

Gendered Intelligence is a trans-led charity based in the U.K. Our object is to: - Deliver arts programmers and creative workshops to trans youth (under the age of 25) from across the UK in order to increase the quality of young trans people’s life experiences. - Deliver facilitated workshops to all young people within schools, colleges, youth groups and other settings from across the UK, in order to generate discussion and debate around gender and the ways in which it presents challenges in our everyday lives. - Offer Continuing Professional Development, trans awareness training, policy development and consultation as well as attend conferences and events to raise awareness of young trans people’s experiences and needs across the UK and beyond. - To contribute to the creation of community cohesion across the whole of the trans community throughout the UK by bringing trans people and professional services together to form partnerships and run projects that will benefit the trans community. To understand more about our organisation, please visit our website at http://genderedintelligence.co.uk!

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