Trans people often experience discrimination - some of this discrimination is unlawful and covered by equality legislation.

Trans (or Transgender) is an umbrella term used by people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from their birth sex. The term includes, but is not limited to, transsexual people and others who define as gender-variant. 

The respectful and appropriate use of terms is explained here.

Trans people may or may not choose to alter their bodies hormonally and/or surgically.  Known as gender reassignment or transition this is usually a complex process that takes place over a long period of time. 

The Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) contains protections for people who plan to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone gender resassignment.   Some transgender people are not covered by the gender reassignment provisions in the SDA but are still protected from discrimination on the basis of their birth sex by the SDA. 

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2014