The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of gender reassignment.
People who are undergoing gender reassignment are protected under the law regardless of which stage of transition they are in, or whether their transition is under medical supervision. People who have undergone or are undergoing gender reassignment sometimes refer to themselves as ‘transgender’.
The Council is committed to promoting equality, irrespective of gender identity and valuing the contribution made by all citizens. For more information on gender reassignment in Hackney, see the Hackney profile.
Examples of discrimination
The following statistics from the 2011 Government report advancing transgender equality: a plan for action, illustrate the kind of discrimination transgender people can face:
- 70% of boys and girls who behave in a way commonly associated with the opposite sex experience bullying at school
- nearly half of transgender survey respondents said they experienced discrimination or harassment at work
- more than half said they suffered discrimination in accessing public services
- between 2009 and 2010, there was a 14% increase in transgender related hate crime
Further information and support
- for organisations and services promoting transgender equality in Hackney, visit the Hackney Directory or for health and social care-related services, visit Hackney iCare
- NHS Choices has information about treatment and support for people who wish to make the transition from one gender to the other
- The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) provides information for transgender people, their families and medical professionals
- Press for Change is a legal support and lobbying group for transgender people
- The Guardian has produced a list of organisations and resources for transgender people
- goods and services discrimination because of changing sex, Citizen’s Advice Bureau
- voluntary and community sector quick start guide to gender reassignment for service providers, Government Equalities Office