First evidence session of transgender equality inquiry
7 September 2015
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.
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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.
- Jess Bradley, Committee Member, Action for Trans Health
- Dr John Dean, Chair, Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Gender Identity Services, NHS England
- Terry Reed OBE, co-founder, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
- Steve Shrubb, Chief Executive, West London Mental Health NHS Trust
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.
- Helen Belcher, Director, Trans Media Watch
- Professor Neil Chakraborti, Director, The Leicester Centre for Hate Studies
- Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, National Policing Lead on Transgender for the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Coordination Committee of the National Police Chiefs' Council
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.