The Trans Report: An insight into a life of harrasment and discrimination
This week Stonewall released The Trans Report a wide ranging and comprehesive look at the experiences of Trans/Non-binary people in the UK. With 871 respondents, and conducted by You Gov it is the kind of research into the lived experience of gender diverse people which is badly needed.
The research is sobering, but sadly not suprising. 41% of Trans people were the victim of a hate crime in the past 12 months, but 79% of Trans and Non-binary people do not report incidents of hate crime to the police. When you look at the statistics on workplace harrasment, discrimination from medical professionals, fear of simply leaving the house, the lack of reporting is hardly surprising.
The situation is even bleaker for younger trans people where 53% aged between 18 to 24 have been the victim of a hate crime in the past twelcve months. This is a group who face family estrangement, are often made homeless and end up leaving futher and higher education due to discriminatioon and transphobia.
One in six trans university students (15 per cent) have
considered dropping out or have dropped out of a higher
education course because of experiencing harassment or
discrimination from students and staff in the last year.
More than a third of trans university students (36 per cent)
have experienced negative comments or conduct from staff
in the last year
In such an atmosphere is it any surprise that many people feel they will not be heard if they speak out and report incidents of hate crimes and discrimination? We are working with local and national organisations to improve this situation, however the work to make clear to Trans people that their experiences matter needs to be far more visible.
From families refusing to allow transition, to workplace bullying and harrasment, through to domestic violence victims being told to see things from their abusers point of view Trans people are ignored silenced and blamed. We must call time on this, and radically reframe how we see Trans people, their rights, and their right to an equal place in society.