Gender reassignment refers to people who propose to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone a process of gender reassignment. The umbrella term for this group is Trans or Transgender, which encompasses a wide range of people whose personal experience of their gender is different from what society might expect. This includes terms such as transsexual, transvestite and cross-dressing people. Transphobia is the term used to describe hatred or prejudice towards Trans people. Trans people can be lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual.
Scottish Transgender Alliance (13 September 2012)
Our ground-breaking new Trans Mental Health Study 2012 is now available
From February 2012 to September 2012, the Scottish Transgender Alliance, in partnership with TransBareAll, the Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre, Traverse Research and Sheffield Hallam University, has been conducting a ground-breaking new research study into trans mental health and wellbeing. Today we launched our Trans Mental Health Study 2012 research report at the UK LGBT Health Summit.
This research represents the largest survey of its kind in Europe, providing vital data on trans people’s mental health needs and experiences, explored in the context of daily life, social/support mechanisms and when accessing healthcare and mental health services. Central here was an exploration of how the process of transitioning (social and/or medical) impacts mental health and wellbeing. The research was unique in its exploration of both the positive and negative impact that being trans has on mental health and wellbeing......
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Under the Equality Act 2010, Trans people cannot be directly or indirectly discriminated against, nor can they be harassed. The UK Government is committed to publishing a specific Trans action plan later in 2011.
For further information on the Equality Act 2010, visit the Legislation page of this Website.
Resources 2012 onwards:
Transgender and Intersex sports provision at the University of Cambridge. CUSU LGBT+, April 2013 (18 pages)
Even today, trans* and Intersex people still face widespread discrimination and exclusion in the world of sports. Despite calls by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and UK Sport, many sporting bodies have not issued guidance on whether trans* people are allowed to compete. Those that have issued guidance have only issued it concerning transsexual people in high performance sport. We believe that involvement in sport goes beyond just competition and that it far more frequently serves to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as helping students to contribute to their college and to form social groups. We believe that the guidance in this report will help to remove the barriers excluding people from this, however we must also change the attitudes of those involved in order to create a welcoming environment for trans* and intersex individuals.
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- Press for Change
- Transgender Europe
- 'Different Strokes' Trans Swimming programme (Scotland specific)