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Stonewall launches ground-breaking programme for trans equality

  • 13 leading public, private and civil society organisations join as launch partners as diverse as Lloyds Banking Group, The House of Commons and Cheshire Fire and Rescue service  

  • New research shows two-thirds of British public (65 per cent) concerned by abuse trans people face 

  • New programme will give non-trans people the skills to ‘come out for trans equality’ 

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, today launches a ground-breaking Trans Allies Programme to support trans people at work and in wider society. The programme is unveiled on the day Stonewall reveals that more than half of people (51 per cent) believe more should be done to tackle discrimination against trans people. 

New research from NfP Synergy for Stonewall also shows significant support from British people for trans equality. Almost two-thirds (65 per cent) are concerned by the abuse and physical violence faced by trans people. And, despite a recent increase in negative headlines about trans people more than half (53 per cent) would feel comfortable if a friend told them they were trans. 

The new Trans Allies Programme will give non-trans people a better understanding of the impact of transphobia, tools and language to tackle anti-trans discrimination and how to ‘come out’ in support of trans people everywhere. The programme has been created by trans and non-trans Stonewall staff and will be delivered by both trans and non-trans facilitators. It will be open to any individual from any industry in any role who is committed to trans equality.  

A coalition of prominent public, private, and civil society organisations have ‘come out for trans equality’ as programme launch partners. They are the first organisations to deliver this innovative one-day programme for their own staff. By pledging their support, each of the launch partners are working towards bringing positive change in workplaces and communities for all trans and non-binary people. 

The trans allies programme launch partners are: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Barclays, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cheshire Constabulary, EY, The House of Commons, Linklaters, Lloyds Banking Group, National Assembly for Wales, Intellectual Property Office, P&G, Riverside Housing, and York St John University.  

Jennifer Crook, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, House of Commons, said: ‘The House of Commons is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all staff and to wholly supporting LGBT equality. Following on from achieving 23rd place in Stonewall’s Top 100, we are looking forward to launching the Trans Allies Programme to empower individuals to create a more inclusive culture for LGBT people in the workplace.’ 

Steve Varley, UK Chairman, EY, commented: “We aim to be the UK’s most inclusive employer, creating a working environment where all our people can express their own individual gender identity. We also want to make sure that our colleagues who are undergoing gender transition are supported by their team and the firm. 

“I’m proud of the steps we have taken so far within our own organisation and also that we are helping to create wider positive change, by supporting Stonewall with their new trans-equality initiative.”

As well as delivering one trans allies programme in-house, EY are sponsoring an additional three trans allies and two trans role model programmes that are open to the public. The role model programme explores what it means to be an authentic and inclusive trans role model in the workplace.  

The commitment to improving trans inclusion from these organisations comes at a time when trans and non-binary people face alarming levels of discrimination at work and in society. 

Earlier this year Stonewall released research that showed half of trans people (51 per cent) have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination or abuse. Moreover, one in eight trans employees (12 per cent) have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the past year. 

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Director of Empowerment Programmes, said: ‘We’re proud to have such a diverse range of organisations helping to launch our Trans Allies Programme. Their commitment journey to getting trans inclusion right is an extremely promising sign that a positive future is possible.’ 

‘We know trans and non-binary people face high levels of abuse and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Half of trans and non-binary people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. One in eight trans employees (12 per cent) have been physically attacked by a colleague or customer in the last year. But the sheer diversity of our launch partners show there is a wealth of support for trans people at the most senior levels of British industrial and cultural life. With that kind of commitment and hard work we can create workplaces – and a world – where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception.’  

Bex Stinson, Stonewall’s Head of Trans Inclusion, said: ‘We know there is strong support from British people for trans equality. Over half of British people (51 per cent) believe more should be done to tackle discrimination against trans people. However, many individuals may feel uncertain about what they themselves can do to or say to support trans people.’ 

‘A lack of confidence can often provoke a fear of making mistakes, and prevents many people from being visible allies to trans people – whether that’s in the workplace, in the local community or online. Our Trans Allies Programme is here to help people better understand the issues trans people face, and offer them a way to learn more about how to step up as an effective trans ally.’ 

 

Trans Allies Programme launch partners: 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner 

Barclays 

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service & Cheshire Constabulary (joint) 

EY 

The House of Commons 

Linklaters 

Lloyds Banking Group 

National Assembly for Wales & Intellectual Property Office (joint) 

Procter & Gamble 

Riverside Housing 

York St John University 

 

The Charity Awareness Monitor research surveyed 4,012 British adults.