LGBT Labour have launched a new Trans Allies Network, open to anyone who wants to show their support and solidarity with the trans community.
Just like sexual orientation, some people are born with a gender identity that is different from the majority. Some show this at an early age, some show it later. Every person deserves to have their identity accepted. It would be unthinkable to say to someone who is straight, lesbian, gay or bisexual that you need to spend two years proving your sexuality and get two doctors to confirm it. That is why LGBT Labour are committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act to enable self-declaration; a model that has been successfully used in Ireland, Denmark and Argentina.
The Equalities Act only provides anti-discrimination and harassment protection to those who intend, have or are transitioning. Not everyone wants to transition, and there is a range of non-binary identities that are not covered by the Act. That is why LGBT Labour are lobbying to ensure that all gender identities are protected. We have support from many in the party, including Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP.
Over the last six months there has been a sustained attack on the transgender community, with fake news, online abuse, and outing of transgender adults, children and their families. The trans community therefore really values the support of our allies during this difficult time.
If you would be interested in joining our Trans Allies Network and receiving information and updates via our mailing list, then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.