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LGBT Foundation's Opening Statement on the EHRC's Guidance for Separate and Single-Sex Service Providers

Published: 05 April 2022 Tags: , Government, Transgender, Trans rights, Policy and Research, Campaigns, Advocacy By Admin Silverchip

LGBT Foundation is once again extremely disappointed in the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for letting down LGBTQ+ people in the United Kingdom.

The EHRC's guidance for separate and single-sex provisions leaves many unanswered questions which potentially puts service users at higher risk of unlawful discrimination. The publication can be read as providing advice on excluding trans and non-binary people from accessing services, and in many places is directly contradictory to the statutory guidance that the EHRC itself is responsible for.

We are reviewing the guidance in full and will have further comment soon. We have been developing our own guidance and this will be available shortly. In the meantime, we urge service providers to still refer to the statutory guidance that already exists.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against whilst accessing a single or separate sex service as a trans or non-binary person, and you live in Greater Manchester, please contact our Trans Advocacy Service at [email protected].

What harms even one of us, harms us all; there can be no LGB without the T.