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

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

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.

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Transgender Equalities Report

Gendered Intelligence statement on Women and Equalities Committee’s Transgender Equality Report

Gendered Intelligence fully welcomes today’s Transgender Equality report published by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and its listed recommendations.

Despite an increase in trans visibility over recent years, we have a long way to go before trans people can feel happy and safe in all aspects of their day-to-day lives.

The report’s aim, to achieve full fairness and equality for trans people across the country, is poignant to many trans people and to organisations such as Gendered Intelligence.

Our work with young trans people gives us an insight into the daily struggles that young trans people face due to widespread prejudice and lack of understanding.

We are hopeful that the report’s strong recommendations in the following areas will bring about lasting change for all trans people.

  1. Recording Names and Gender Identities
  • Its consideration of the needs and recognition of non-binary people, in relation to the amendment of more inclusive language in the Equalities Act
  • The consideration of ‘x’ on passports
  • The removal of gender markers (“non-gendering”) from official records.

These recommendations work to acknowledge that gender is diverse. The practice of having only two gender options available (‘male’ or ‘female’) is no longer fit for purpose in a society where non-binary gender identity proliferates.

  1. Amending the Gender Recognition Act
  • Amendments to the Gender Recognition Act so that trans people can self-declare their gender identity

Currently, the process of applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate can be lengthy, confusing and even humiliating. We welcome a move towards self-determination of gender that ensures full autonomy and dignity for trans people.

  1. Gender Segregated Sport
  • The report highlights the very real discrimination that lies in gender segregated sport

Trans people experience significant barriers to taking part in sport at all levels. These barriers mean that many trans people are not able to enjoy the sense of well-being that can come from participating in sports and related activities.

Gendered Intelligence is currently working in partnership with the FA to improve trans people’s access to football. We hope that the Transgender Equality report will encourage systematic change across all sports.

  1. Experience of young people at school, college and University
  • The much-needed improvement in school, college and University experience of so many trans students

We have a right to feel safe in our learning environments. At the moment there is a lack of centralised guidance to help schools and colleges put equalities legislation into practice for the benefit of trans and gender variant students.

Giving students, and teachers, opportunities to learn about gender diversity is also integral to achieving full equality and fairness.

There continues to be enormous restrictions on all of us when it comes to expressing our gender identity. We need to make the world more intelligent about gender and give children and young people the skills to navigate the complexity of gender.

Reforming trans inclusion in our education system could dismantle gender stereotypes for everyone.

The full report can be read here.

Find out more about our support groups for young trans people: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/trans-youth/youth-group.