Over 50 LGBTQ+ organisations and allies have joined together for the first time to change the way trans and non-binary lives are being represented in the UK.
Amidst continued hostility and misrepresentation of trans people, including non-binary and gender diverse people, in the media, online and in everyday life, the groundbreaking together. campaign steps away from division and focuses on the common principles of freedom, dignity and safety for all.
Helen Belcher, Chair of TransActual CIC, says “Trans communities have been subjected to malicious attacks from powerful public voices, seeking to divide trans people from society and frighten allies into silence. I welcome the together. campaign as a powerful way to show that trans and non-binary people are, first and foremost, people.”
Today and every day, LGBT+ communities stand together. in solidarity with trans communities and rejects all attempts to harass, silence and misrepresent trans people. Using the #TogetherWithTrans hashtag, the together. campaign represents the determination of individuals and organisations from the LGBT+ communities and beyond to ensure everyone can live in freedom, safety and dignity.
In the past two weeks:
– The British Medical association backed the right of transgender people to affirm their true gender without a medical process.
– A U.K. employment tribunal ruled that non-binary and gender fluid people are protected under the Equality Act.
– The TUC passed a motion stating that the misrepresentation of trans rights as a threat to women and children is ‘reminiscent of homophobic lies of the past’.
– 64% of trans pupils experience transphobic bullying at school.
– 36% of trans people have left a job because the environment was unwelcoming.
– 17% of trans and non-binary people currently feel unsafe where they are staying.
– 37% of trans people experience verbal harassment.
– 40% of trans people have experienced at least one negative experience when accessing or trying to access public healthcare services
– 34% of trans people have been discriminated against when visiting a café, restaurant, bar or nightclub
Trans people of colour / BAME trans people, trans bi people, trans disabled people and trans people living in poverty are even more likely to have had these poor experiences.
together. we can make public spaces safe for all, make our communities safe for everyone, ensure everyone has a safe place to call home, make sure everyone has dignity at work, help everyone to know they are loved and accepted and protect all children from harm. together. we can.