New Report Reveals Daily Hate Crimes Faced By Trans People
A new study from Stonewall, which campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people across Britain, has revealed the hate crimes and discrimination that trans people around the country face on a daily basis.
The report found that 12 per cent of trans employees have been physically attacked by a customer or colleague in the last 12 months, while 51 per cent say they’ve hidden their identity in the workplace amid fears of discrimination.
Some 48 per cent say they feel uncomfortable using public toilets because worries over discrimination or harassment, 36 per cent in higher education say they’ve experienced negative comments or behaviour from staff members in the last 12 months, and 34 per cent say they’ve been discriminated against because of gender identity at nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in the last 12 months.
Chief executive of Stonewall Ruth Hunt commented on the report, saying how shameful it is that normal activities like going to a café or going to work are made impossible for some people just because of who they are.
“As we approach the consultation on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act, much of the public discussion has descended into vile, distorted and cruelly targeted transphobia. This report shows that this kind of commentary is not without consequence – it has a real and profoundly negative impact on the real-life experiences of trans people.
“If reading this report makes you angry and upset, then join us. It’s up to all of us to stand up as allies to trans people, and make discriminating people because they are trans as unacceptable as it is to target someone because of their race or their religion,” she went on to say.
The study also revealed that 28 per cent of trans people in a relationship have faced domestic abuse from a partner, 44 per cent avoid certain streets because they don’t feel safe there, and 25 per cent admitted they were discriminated against when looking for a flat or house to buy or rent.
In November last year, UNISON launched its new model trans equality policy to help people challenge transphobia that takes place at work. November 20th was Trans Day of Remembrance, an international day designed to bring attention to the levels of transphobia that people face daily.
The majority of employers currently don’t have specific policies in place on trans equality and those now developing them will often consult the union on draft policies, according to UNISON. These drafts show just how much confusion there is about good practice, appropriate language and the law. It might be worth your organisation taking a look at the equality policy to see if you’re on the right track – and even getting in touch with the union itself for further help and advice.
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