At Be we actively engage with organizations of interest to trans communities to facilitate stakeholder engagement where we feel the needs of trans people and their communities would be benefited.
By fostering good relations and active engagement we build stronger more inclusive organizations capable of delivering products and services designed with trans people in mind.
The Public Sector Equality Duty is the foundation that use to facilitate such engagements. Section 149 states that a public authority must, in carrying out its functions, have “due regard” to the need to:
- eliminate all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation that are prohibited by the Equality Act; and
- advance equality of opportunity; and
- foster good relations.
The duty will be properly discharged only when each of the above requirements is properly taken into account. Having due regard to the need to advance equality of opportunity is further defined in s.149 as having due regard to the need to:
- remove or minimise disadvantages connected with a relevant protected characteristic (e.g. address the problems that trans people have in accessing sporting facilities)
- take steps to meet the different needs of persons who share a relevant protected characteristic (e.g. ensure the particular needs of trans people suffering domestic violence are met)
- encourage persons who share a relevant protected characteristic to participate in public life or any other activity in which they are under-represented (e.g. take steps to encourage more trans people to report hate crime).
Having due regard to the need to foster good relations is further defined in s.149 as having due regard to the need to:
• tackle prejudice (e.g. tackle transphobic bullying in schools)
• promote understanding (e.g. promote understanding of different gender identities).