International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates and recognises people who are trans and raises awareness about structural, institutional and individual discrimination and inequity.
Why is it important?
- There is widespread ignorance about trans people and their lives.
- Trans people have high rates of unemployment and health inequalities compared to other sections of the population due to historic and ongoing discrimination.
- 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 in educational, medical and government organisations, which means that policy formulation, the use of inclusive terminology and having accurate information, is sadly lacking, placing an inordinate strain and burden on 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 actively inclusive.
This year BSUH NHS Trust will have a stall with information at PRH, Haywards Heath, and there will be a Gender and Sexual Diversity Workshop for any member of staff to attend – there are 7 spaces available. If staff are unable to attend this one, there will be more later in the year.
What can you do?
- Raise the profile of trans people in your department using posters, leaflets and images available from the Equality Team.
- Ensure all staff are aware of the Trans Guidelines that BSUH has.
- Mention the Trans Day of Visibility in your team huddles, and ensure people are clear on pronoun usage and who they can go to if they need help due to transphobia.
You can use the two videos below to think about issues that transgender people face on a daily basis and when accessing health services. If you want one-to-one confidential support contact Olivia King, Equality Advisor, using the contact form on this website.