International Transgender Day of Visibility recognises people who are trans and raises awareness about discrimination and inequity.

Why is it important?

  • There is ignorance about trans people and their lives.
  • Trans people have high rates of unemployment and health inequalities compared to other sections of the population.
  • The media and wider society continue to discuss trans issues without accessing voices from within the community itself. Trans people are often presented negatively without justification. Bias against trans people and negative stereotypes continues to inform media representation.
  • There is a lack of training, teaching and awareness about trans people.

These are just some of the reasons organisations need to be proactive in developing resources and training for their staff, ensuring that they are covering their duties under the Equality Act 2010.

What can you do?

  1. Raise the profile of trans people in your department using posters, leaflets and images available from the Equality Office.
  2. Ensure all staff are aware of the BSUH Trans Guidelines.
  3. Mention the Trans Day of Visibility, and ensure people are clear on pronoun usage and who they can go to if they need to report transphobia and hate crime.

References

BMJ: Gender Dysphoria and Treatment

BMJ: Trans Health Needs