Come Out For Trans Equality
While we’ve seen considerable gains for lesbian, gay and bi people, progress for trans people has been slow. Since 2004, there’s been no change to the way the UK legally recognises trans people.
Sign our petition now and call on all candidates to:
- Help us secure a commitment from the next UK government to improve the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to streamline and de-medicalise the process for legal gender recognition.
- Review the need for gender markers in official documents. Where markers are needed, introduce an 'X' category to enable non-binary people to be recognised.
We need more focus on trans issues and better recognition of non-binary genders, as well as the right to self-define one's gender without unnecessary medicalisation.
Matilda, 28 (South East)
In 2017 and 2018, many thousands of you came out for trans equality by responding to the Gender Recognition Act consultations. Together we showed the UK and Scottish governments how the current process is outdated, dehumanising and excludes many trans people. Together we have made a strong case for reform.
Find out more about what you can do to support Gender Recognition Act reform in Scotland.
Why trans equality matters
Stonewall research shows that trans people experience inequality and discrimination across all areas of life. There is a long way to go to end transphobia in our workplaces, universities in healthcare and in the streets.
Yet misinformation in the media can mean that many people don’t realise what it means to be trans and what a difference legal changes would make. Every day there are ludicrous claims that people are being ‘turned trans’, and stories that sensationalise and misrepresent the reality of being trans. This is reminiscent of days gone by: days when the media constantly hounded lesbian, gay and bi people as deviants and prevented progress on equality for so long.
I want people to know that being trans isn't a problem, flaw or a mistake - it's just one facet of life.
How can I support trans equality?
Everyone has the right to be themselves without fear. It will take time to secure better recognition for trans people, but by increasing understanding in our communities, informing and inspiring politicians and raising the visibility of trans people's stories we can achieve vital gains and pave the way for trans equality.
Call on candidates to support trans equality this election and #ComeOutVoting.
Hear trans voices
From doctors to filmmakers, hear trans people talk about their experiences and views in this series of films made by writers, filmmakers and non-binary trans activists Fox Fisher and Owl.
Discover below plenty of ways to Come Out For Trans Equality.
Learn more about the GRA consultation and why it matters.
Read our Q&A of common questions about trans experiences and how to tackle myths and misconceptions often portrayed by the media.
Based on the experiences of over 800 trans and non-binary people who took part in our research with YouGov
A Vision for Change is based on a shared mission: that trans people have the right to live full and authentic lives at work, home and in public
Stonewall Trans Advisory Group (STAG) supports the integration of trans equality across all of our campaigns and programmes
From sharing on social media, putting up posters or submitting to the consultation with your friends everyone has a part to play.