Pride in London hails landmark report on transgender issues
15 January 2016
Pride in London welcomes the release of a landmark parliamentary report that sheds light on how public institutions in the UK are 'failing' the country’s estimated 650,000 transgender people.
The report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee said there were 'high levels of transphobia' in the provision of public services in the UK. It calls for sweeping changes to how transgender people are treated in the NHS, and in the criminal justice and education systems.
The report identified 'serious deficiencies' within the NHS on gender issues, including years long backlogs for gender reassignment surgery and a complete lack of plans to develop specialist skills to deal with transgender issues. It also called for mandatory police training on transphobic hate crime, and recommended that trans issues be covered in schools as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum.
This report represents a major step forward in shedding light on the serious challenges facing transgender people in Britain today. The key areas the report highlights – on the NHS, the justice system and around greater recognition of trans issues in society – are directly in line with our political pledge to ensure LGBT people in London have the freedom to be healthy, safe and visible in their communities. We at Pride in London welcome this report, and we are committed to working closely with the trans community to ensure greater equality for all.'
Stephen Ward, Pride in London Deputy Chair
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