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Stonewall to work with trans charities to reduce discrimination in key public services


Stonewall | Acceptance without exception


  • Five-year project launched to make lasting change for trans people across England

  • Initiative will improve trans people’s access to health and justice systems

  • Project made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund

Stonewall, in partnership with leading trans charities, has launched a ground-breaking five-year programme of work to improve trans people’s access to health and criminal justice.

The founding partners include Stonewall, All About Trans, the Gender Identity and Research Society (GIRES), Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids and the project has been made possible by funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. 

Trans people currently face discrimination, violence and exclusion in all areas of their lives. 

Stonewall’s 2018 Trans Report exposed the shocking impact of widespread transphobia in Britain, revealing that two in five trans people (41 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year, while one in eight trans employees (12 per cent) have been physically attacked at work.

Trans people also face discrimination and a lack of understanding when accessing vital healthcare services, with a third of trans people (32 per cent) having experienced unequal treatment.

Today Stonewall, in partnership with the founding partner charities, launches a long-term initiative to tackle this, and complement existing work in the sector. Plans for this project will be developed in consultation with trans people, NHS Trusts, police forces and other organisations working in healthcare and criminal justice.

The aim is to support frontline workers to understand how to support trans people when they have experienced a hate crime or on the specific medical needs of patients. 

As the programme develops over the next five years, new partners will join from different parts of England and from different communities

The main aim of the project is to create a programme of work that can continue beyond the initial five-year period.  

Laura Russell, Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research at Stonewall, said: ‘We’re so proud to announce this ground-breaking project. It’s built on years of careful consultation and insight, and to see it come to fruition is incredibly exciting for everyone involved. We’re thankful to The National Lottery Community Fund, not least because this is such a critical time for trans people in England, many of whom experience high levels of discrimination. 

‘A huge part of tackling the inequalities trans people face is improving access to support and ensuring frontline service providers are meeting the needs of trans communities. With this funding from The National Lottery Community Fund we have the opportunity to create real change for trans people from all walks of life.’

Nathalie McDermott of All About Trans said: ‘Visibility of trans people has increased enormously in the last few years, which has been a wonderful thing - but the community still faces a great deal of discrimination, prejudice and abuse. We’re looking forward, with the vital support of The National Lottery Community Fund, to teaming up with some brilliant organisations to ensure that all trans people have fair and equal access to healthcare and justice.'

A GIRES Spokesperson said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working alongside Stonewall and these other charities to improve support and access for transgender people to health and justice systems. We know this work is hugely needed and hope it will help lead to greater acceptance and understanding for trans communities.

Jay Stewart, Chief Executive of Gendered Intelligence said: ‘We’re really excited to begin working on this important project. We want to build a world where all trans people are able to access the support they need - this five year partnership will allow us to make significant progress toward that goal and improve the lives of trans people across England.’

Susie Green, Chief Executive of Mermaids said: ‘This five-year project will help make a real difference in the lives of transgender and gender variant children and their families around the UK. We can’t wait to get started on this work and are grateful for the support provided by The National Lottery Community Fund.’