Equality and Diversity
Did you know...
- The Equality Act 2010, protects a person , that is, "proposing to undergo, undergoing or has undergone" gender reassignment - a process known as transition. Individuals are specifically protected against discrimination - whether direct or indirect - and also harassment and victimisation in the workplace. The Act broadens the scope of "gender reassignment" protection, to cover individuals whether or not they are under medical supervision, and to protect those who are associated with transgender people, such as partners, spouses, other family members or carers, and also those preceived to be transgender.
- Every person is different: some people transition from one gender to another with ease and others do not; some people will transition to their preferred gender full-time and others will choose to live in their preferred gender part-time.
- In the UK, transgender is usually an umbrella term for all people who cross gender boundaries, permanently or not.
- "Trans" is an inclusive term for those who identify themselves as transgender, transsexual or transvestite. The term "trans" can be used without offence but should only be used as an abjective, for example " a trans student".
- It is estimated that there are 500,000 trans people in the UK (Reed et al, 2009)
- 73% of trans people have experienced some form of harassement in public (Equality Review 2007)
- 40% of the people who would like to transition feel unable to do so in the work environment, and are, therefore, working under great stress and are unlikely to reach their full potential (Engendered Penalties 2007)
Higher Education specific resource
- Trans staff and students in HE and colleges: improving experiences (Equality Challenge Unit guidance, revised 2016)
- University of Portsmouth Gender Reassignment and Trans Equality Policy (Last reviewed June 2015)