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Stonewall to campaign for trans equality

  • Historic move follows extensive consultation with over 700 trans people

  • Stonewall will make current campaigns trans-inclusive and develop new work on trans-specific issues

Stonewall today announced that it will extend its remit to campaign for trans equality in a landmark report. The historic move follows extensive consultation with over 700 trans people and will see the charity use its platform and experience to help create real change.

Stonewall will expand its current campaigns and programmes to include and involve trans people and also develop new work on issues that specifically affect them. Over the next 18 months, the charity will take steps to make sure that trans expertise is reflected in its board of trustees as well as recruiting experts to work with Stonewall staff. Stonewall will also work in partnership with trans organisations to avoid replicating work and focus on new projects so that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people can be themselves.

After apologising for previous mistakes, Stonewall started the consultation with trans people by looking at the most effective ways of working in the future.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive said: ’Whether we’re challenging bullying in our schools, tackling hate crime on our streets or working to make our public services truly equal for users, we have a responsibility to use our voice and share our 25 years of experience.

‘This change marks a significant moment in Stonewall’s history. As a community, we can achieve much more by standing together. This is an exciting but huge undertaking – we recognise that we are not instant experts, and will work closely with the trans community to achieve real change for LGBT people.’

Trans People and Stonewall (2015)