New research study focusing on trans lives in Manchester

Published: 24 November 2015 Tags: manchester city council, lgbt foundation, trans By John Walding

LGBT Foundation is delighted to announce that we have been commissioned by Manchester City Council to conduct a research study into the trans population of Manchester.

Approximately 5,000 Manchester residents identify as trans, and national research shows that trans people experience significant inequalities compared both to the wider population and to lesbian, gay and bisexual communities. However, there is limited knowledge of how this affects trans people living in Manchester.

The research will explore the needs, aspirations, priorities and challenges affecting the city’s trans population, with a specific focus on four key topics informed by the Council’s previous engagement with trans people and their organisations. These are young people and education; health; housing; and domestic violence.

Heather Williams, Policy & Research Manager at LGBT Foundation said: “We welcome Manchester City Council’s leadership in acknowledging the needs of trans people across the public sector. This timely research comes shortly after our launch of a new programme of services for trans people, funded by the Big Lottery.”

LGBT Foundation (formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation) has a history of conducting research with local LGBT communities across Greater Manchester and we announced last year that we would become fully trans inclusive.

Cllr Bev Craig Lead Equality Member for LGBT Women's Issues said: “Manchester City council has a long and proud record working with Trans communities in Manchester to tackle discrimination and improve access to public service. This research is vital in making sure we can build agreement across public services on how to best target resources to improve lives and tackle the massive inequalities that sadly many trans people still face.”

Manchester City Council prides itself on the diversity of the city’s population and on its continuing commitment to improving the lives of its LGBT communities. The Council recognises that the needs of Manchester’s trans population, in particular, are very distinct and that there is a wide range of unique issues and challenges which impact upon how they live their day-to-day lives.

Manchester City Council and LGBT Foundation aim to publish a report on the study’s findings in spring 2016.

Find out more about our new Trans Programme and how you can get involved by visiting here: http://lgbt.foundation/trans