Trans Equality – hoping to catch up

Lynne Featherstone is a long-term champion of Trans people and it’s great to see her now, as Minister for Equalities, introducing the latest government initiative on behalf of the Trans community.

You can see Lynne and listen to her message on a You Tube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCLDCfU3bAo

which was produced to accompany and launch the first Transgender e-bulletin from the Department of Equality:

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/pdf/GEO_Transgender_e-bulletin_1-AprilMay.FINAL.pdf

As Lynne explains, following consultation with representatives of the communities concerned, the government has already prepared a detailed action plan for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality

http://www.equalities.gov.uk/pdf/action%20plan.pdf

but has also recognised that Trans people – many of whom are frequently subject to hate crime or abuse – have a lot of catching up to do, and so, after separate consultations with representatives from Trans organisations, an online survey has been prepared, the results of which will be fed into a specifically Trans cross government equality action plan to be published later this year.

If you are reading this, identify as Trans, and have not yet completed the online survey, then click the second link above (the GEO Transgender e-bulletin) which contains the link. The deadline is 6th May 2011.

All this is good news but it leaves me with a question: if people in every party in government can see the need of these measures, why do Church leaders continue to behave as if Trans people did not exist, or, if they do acknowledge us, as if Trans people themselves were the problem rather than the way some people behave towards us?

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