We are very concerned by recent media coverage suggesting that the UK Government is considering rolling back on its commitment to trans rights by proposing that trans people be excluded from 'single sex spaces' and by ignoring the majority of respondents to its own consultation on the Gender Recognition Act who support self-declaration of gender identity. If true, these policies would be a direct challenge to the existing Equality Act and a major backward step in our country's progress towards ensuring the rights, freedom and dignity of trans people are protected.
Along with a large number of charities, public sector bodies and commercial organisations, we supported a powerful public statement acknowledging the importance of defending trans rights. We did this because it matters to us – and it matters even more now. We know from our trans colleagues and friends how challenging it is for them to live their lives in the face of significant and persistent negative public comment and media attention.
Trans people are disproportionally affected by HIV and poor sexual health and any move that further marginalises or discriminates against them will only make things worse.
We remain committed to working collaboratively with others to highlight why these proposals, if enacted, are wrong, unnecessary and harmful.
Trans rights are human rights. They should not be up for debate. We will continue to stand with our trans colleagues and friends and we want you to know that you are not alone.