New report calls for wider road to better trans inclusion

Publish Date: 08/05/2017

While the UK’s trans* community has benefited from increased interest of the media and policy makers in recent years, further work is needed to capitalise on this and overcome current roadblocks to further progress, according to research released by a leading LGBT organisation today.

Transforming Outcomes, produced by Manchester’s LGBT Foundation, highlights progress towards trans recognition and acceptance to date and the empowering resilience of trans communities in the absence of official support. In addition, the report emphasises that despite an estimated 500,000 trans people in the UK, further research is vital in obtaining a better understanding of into the community’s needs.

One of the first comprehensive reviews of current research into the needs of the UK’s trans community, Transforming Outcomes also pinpoints current barriers to further progress. In addition, it looks to help key health professionals, public services, local authorities and support groups with advice on how to support trans communities and on how to widen the road to better trans inclusion moving forward.

Despite recent gains, the report stresses that there are still significant steps needed to influence change and acceptance across the wider UK population.

Recent research cited in the report shows that:

  • 67% of trans people reported being a victim of a hate crime.
  • 80% of transgender people experience anxiety before accessing hospitals due to insensitivity, misgendering and discrimination.

The report identifies 6 key roadblocks to better trans inclusion in the UK, including:

  • Barriers to accessing services, few service providers have taken steps to ensure trans accessibility.
  • Negative experiences with transition-related healthcare, with many being denied treatment altogether.
  • Higher rates of mental ill health, key factors include isolation and discrimination.
  • A lack of comprehensive research of the general health of trans people.
  • Negative media representation affecting wellbeing (51%)
  • Despite having higher than average attainment in education, trans people are disproportionately unemployed or underemployed.

The report recommends educating staff and professionals, and monitoring trans status alongside other characteristics like age and gender, to better understand trans people’s needs. It also points to the need to include trans communities in research and consultations, more person-centred service provision, challenging transphobia and ensuring policies are inclusive.

Commenting on the findings of Transforming Outcomes, Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, said:

"Transforming Outcomes is a call to arms for all our work moving forward – the realisation of our vision of a fair and equal society where all trans people can reach their full potential. To achieve this we need to widen the road to include all trans people and this report is an important step towards that vision."

The launch of the report coincides with a sold-out learning conference event including representatives for service organisations local authorities and support groups.

A full LGBT Foundation's Transforming Outcomes is now available for download at www.lgbt.foundation/transoutcomes