The opening evidence session of the Committee’s inquiry into equality for trans people starts with two discussions: health issues, followed by hate crime and transphobia.
Tuesday 8 September 2015, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Panel one on healthcare and trans people
The first panel discusses gender dysphoria, NHS Gender Identity Services for adults, and general health of trans people.
Panel two on hate crime and transphobia
The second panel discusses transphobia and hate crime, including trans people in press and broadcast media, press regulation, hate crime and legal protection.
Background of the inquiry
In recent years important steps have been taken to ensure equality for trans people (who identify with a different gender from the one assigned to them at birth): the Gender Recognition Act 2004 for the first time allowed trans people to be legally recognised in their new gender, and the Equality Act 2010 made it illegal to discriminate against trans people. However, the Committee is aware that full equality for trans people still has not been achieved, and in this inquiry will consider a range of outstanding issues and considering how they can most effectively be addressed.