Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone says the U.K. government will mandate longer sentences for anti-trans murders and address school, workplace, and health care issues.
By Trudy Ring
December 8, 2011
Transgender rights got a boost in the United Kingdom today, with Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone announcing a plan to address hate crimes, workplace discrimination, and harassment in schools.
“Too many transgender people still face prejudice at every stage of their lives, from playground bullying to being overlooked for jobs or targeted for crime,” Featherstone said, according to Pink News. “I am proud to announce the first government strategy to tackle the specific barriers facing transgender people.”
The plan commits the government to raising the minimum sentence from 15 to 30 years for murders motivated by the victim’s transgender status. It also includes in-school support for transgender students, transgender-inclusive recruitment advice for businesses, and the publication of guidelines for health care professionals treating trans people.
“Today is an important step, but I recognize that government can only go so far,” Featherstone said. “So we will be working with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality
by Stephen Gray
8 December 2011
For the first time, the UK government has launched an action plan to tackle the inequalities facing transgender people in society.
Entitled “Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action” and released by the Home Office today, it promises tougher sentences for hate crimes, support for trans pupils in schools, and tailored recruitment advice for businesses.
Statistics show that 70 per cent of children who are uncertain about their gender suffer bullying, and 88 per cent of transgender employees experience discrimination or harassment in their workplace.
The Home Office said the document is intended to create a framework for communities to work with the government to challenge and overcome persisting inequalities.
The government’s online surveys this year received 2,172 responses from the trans community, the largest form of engagement with the group ever conducted in the UK.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “Too many transgender people still face prejudice at every stage of their lives, from playground bullying, to being overlooked for jobs or targeted for crime.