We have submitted evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee on Transgender Equality. Our submission was based on the views we listened to and heard during our consultation with more than 700 trans people.
We are extremely pleased that trans people are being consulted about steps to secure their equality.
Stonewall believe that all of the issues the Committee is exploring are crucial to achieving trans equality in the UK. In our response, we emphasised areas where we believe that the government can make the greatest change, including reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004, The Equality Act 2010 and the provision of healthcare for trans people. We also used existing evidence and best practice to support recommendations across each of the areas under consideration.
Our recommendations to the Select Committee include:
- Reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004, including the removal of the requirement to provide medical evidence and a process for people under 18 to access legal gender recognition
- Increased provision of gender identity services for adults and young people and a review of healthcare provision to ensure that trans people are fully informed and involved in all aspects of treatment and healthcare
- Training for all health and social care professionals on the needs of trans patients and service users
- A review of the Equality Act 2010 to include ‘gender identity’ rather than ‘gender reassignment’ as a protected characteristic and to remove exemptions, such as access to single-sex spaces
- Training and guidance for schools on supporting young trans and gender variant pupils, tackling transphobic bullying and including trans people and issues in the curriculum
- Guidance for employers on supporting trans employees and promoting trans equality in the workplace
- Improved reporting mechanisms for transphobic hate crimes and the extension of ‘aggravated offences’ to cover transphobic hate crimes
- Media regulators to work with trans people and organisations to ensure a positive, diverse and realistic portrayal of trans people
The full response will be published in due course. If you’d like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org