The findings highlight high levels of hate crime, violence and discrimination in almost every setting, from accessing public services to using public spaces, in education, and at work.
The report also found that trans and gender non-binary people often modify their behaviour to reduce the number of negative incidents they experience in everyday life.
For example, two in five trans people (40 per cent) adjust the way they dress because they fear discrimination or harassment, with this number increasing significantly to half of non-binary people (52 per cent).
The report’s findings are very similar to our own 2017 report ‘The Cost of Being Out at Work’, which found:
Unfortunately, with statistics as stark as these, it is often difficult to think, practically about how, when and where we can make a difference.
However, everyone can make a difference. For example, making a conscious effort to use the right pronouns and name when talking to a trans person or by learning more (and then challenging) the different forms of trans discrimination even individual action can have real impact.
And as there are steps individuals can take there are also steps the government and employers should take to address transphobia. We set them out in our guidance Transforming the Workplace and report The Cost of Being out at Work. The steps include:
Trade unions also have a big role to play in ensuring trans discrimination is addressed. Representatives can, among other things:
It’s times like this when it’s important that everyone realises the role they can play in ending transphobia. Tackling trans discrimination is a trade union issue.
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