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.