There is still a long way to go to ensure equality for transgender people, despite welcome progress, says a report published today by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.! Full report HERE
Legislation on gender recognition and equality for trans people was pioneering, but is now outdated.
The NHS is failing in its legal duty under the Equality Act 2010. Trans people have significant problems in using general NHS services – often because of lack of knowledge and understanding by staff. GPs in particular often lack an understanding of trans identities, the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and their own role in prescribing hormone treatment.
Criminal justice system
The case is overwhelming for hate crime legislation to protect all groups, including trans people, on an equal basis. The Government’s hate crime action plan must include mandatory training for police officers on transphobic hate crime, and the promotion of third party reporting.
High levels of transphobia are experienced by individuals on a daily basis. This is a very serious problem in a wide range of settings, and can undermine careers, incomes, living standards, access to services, quality of life, and physical and mental health.