As we near the end of a tough year, we want to highlight some of the more positive developments from 2020.
5 Trans women continue playing rugby in England
Rugby Football Union went against the devastating World Rugby ruling and cleared trans women to continue playing domestic women’s rugby in England at all levels. We hope that in the new year this will be reflected internationally too!
4 #TrusstMe halted a further roll-back on trans rights
Although the GRA response was overall disappointing, we want to recognize the enormous campaigning efforts that stopped plans to further exclude trans people from public life. Over 44,000 people mobilised through #TrusstMe and contributed to protecting trans rights in the UK.
3 So many showed up for the trans and non-binary communities!
It’s quite reassuring that we don’t even know where to start! The Trades Union Congress, with 5.5 million members, came out for trans rights while condemning LGB Alliance. More than 200 UK and Irish Publishers signed a letter in support of trans and non-binary rights, and they were joined by over 100 major companies who came together to say that trans rights are human rights. Thousands of ciswomen wrote an open letter to Liz Truss to show their support and solidarity with the trans community. Many celebrities also stood up for trans rights, including Nigella Lawson and Melanie C.
2 Non-binary people are now protected by the Equality Act
Earlier this year an UK employment tribunal ruled that genderfluidity and non-binary identity are covered under the ‘gender reassignment’ protected characteristic of the Equality Act. This could be a ground-breaking precedent and mean that, for the first time, there is explicit protection for non-binary people from discrimination!
1 This year is FINALLY ending!
Frankly, we can’t think of anything better. We are ready for this year to be over! Thank you for all your incredible support, solidarity and energy during this difficult year.