It is three years since the Government announced plans to improve legal recognition for trans people in England and Wales, and two years after launching a consultation.
You may have seen some worrying reports in the press that the government may be slowing progress on trans rights in England and Wales, including rumours of regressive action that would see trans people further marginalised in society.
Thanks to your activism, the Government has since pledged not to roll back trans rights and has committed to publishing their next steps on legal recognition for trans people 'over the summer’.
It's frustrating that crucial reforms have been pushed back again. But it's also an opportunity to build support in Government, so that their proposals protect and extend trans people’s rights.
Members of Parliament (MPs) need to hear from constituents about why trans equality matters to them. You can help build support by contacting your MP this summer and asking them for a meeting to talk about trans equality.
Please call your MP’s office and ask for a meeting this summer. Together we can keep up the pressure on the Government to support trans equality.
Use the information below to make the case for progress.
STEP 1: Find your local representatives
STEP 2: Send your email
Personalise the template below and email your MP and/or directly elected Mayor. Demonstrate your support for trans rights.
- If you are trans, consider talking about why legal recognition is important to you and the negative impact that reducing access to single sex spaces could have on your day to day life.
- If you are cis, talk about why trans equality matters to you and why you support trans people’s longstanding right to use single-sex facilities.
Dear [insert full name],
I am writing to ask for a meeting to speak with you about equality for trans people.
This is important to me because [personalise your email – say why trans equality matters to you. Guidance above.]
An article published by the Sunday Times on 14th June (full story here) claimed that the Government expected to drop plans to improve legal recognition for trans people and roll back to trans people’s rights across the board.
I am relieved that since then, Government has pledged not to roll back trans rights and committed to publishing next steps on legal recognition for trans people this summer.
It's frustrating that crucial reforms have been pushed back again. But this is a chance to get it right. I would like to speak with you about how you can play a vital role in supporting equality for your trans constituents.Please can you let me know how best to have a conversation with you about supporting trans equality.
You can find answers to common questions here. This Q&A tackles some of the myths and misconceptions about trans people you might have seen in the media.
[Your pronouns, if you feel comfortable to]
[Your full address & postcode – this is required for an MP to know that you’re their constituent]
STEP 3: Share your response
If or when your MP and/or directly elected Mayor responds, forward their email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will help us keep track of who has been contacted and help us lobby the right people, in the right way.
STEP 4: Arrange a meeting
If your MP responds and/or directly elected Mayor responds, try to continue the conversation in person, so that they can see why this matters to real people. Book an appointment at their surgery or ask to speak on the phone. Please contact email@example.com if you want some support for the conversation.
STEP 5: Spread the word
Share this page and ask your friends to take action for trans equality.
You can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org for support on any of these steps.