Transgender additional resources

This page has links to a number of external websites to help users find other related information. However, the Commission cannot guarantee the reliability of those links nor the accuracy of information on other organisations' websites.

Department of Health guidance.

The following publications can be downloaded from the Department of Health website.

  • A Guide for Young Trans People in the UK

This booklet, by a group of young trans people aged between 15 and 22 in conjunction with Gendered Intelligence aims to offer information to young people who know they are trans or are confused about or questioning their gender in any way, so as to help clarify some of their questions and offer them language to express themselves.
Department of Health.

A guide for young trans people in the UK.

  • Trans people's health

"Although social attitudes have become more accepting towards trans people, there is a persistent assumption that there are only two genders (female and male) and that one’s gender is assigned from birth and cannot be changed.

Trans people still face prejudice. This continues to limit their employment opportunities (despite legislation prohibiting discrimination); their personal relationships; their access to goods, services and housing; their health status; their safety in both public and private spheres; and their access to health and social care.

Trans activists have lobbied for a shift in social and health perspectives from gender pathology (a disease or abnormality) to gender nonconformity (trans people do not conform to society’s narrow view about gender)."

Dr Julie Fish (De Montfort University) for the DH Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group

Reducing health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people - briefings for health and social care staff

  • Trans - a practical guide for the NHS

Report / Guidance on Trans gender and how to ensure inclusion of and equality for trans people
Christine Burns MBE

Trans: a practical guide for the NHS

  • Transgender experiences - Information and support

This leaflet has been produced to help trans people and their families understand about the experiences of trans people, their rights and their choices. It also helps healthcare staff to understand about their role when caring for trans people.

This publication provides answers to the questions typically asked by parents of gender variant children and young people (up to the age of 17). It helps families to understand about gender variance and gives some suggestions about how to respond.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society

Transgender experiences: information and support

  • Medical care for gender variant children and young people: answering families' questions

This publication provides answers to the questions typically asked by parents of gender variant children and young people (up to the age of 17). It helps families to understand about gender variance and gives some suggestions about how to respond.

Department of Health

Medical care for gender variant children and young people: answering families’ questions

  • Bereavement: A guide for transsexual, transgender people and their loved ones

This booklet has been produced to assist bereaved trans people or friends, or the family of a trans person who has died. It will also inform professionals such as coroners, pathologists, mortuary staff and undertakers to understand the particular needs of trans people in the circumstances of death.

Professor Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law, Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Lewis Turner for the Department of Health

Bereavement: A guide for transsexual, transgender people and their loved ones

  • NHS funding processes and waiting times for adult service-users: Trans wellbeing and healthcare

This publication will help you understand the processes involved in obtaining funding for treatment for gender variant conditions. It answers the questions that service-users typically ask, and it provides guidance on how to navigate this complex system with minimum delay.

Department of Health

NHS funding processes and waiting times for adult service-users: Trans wellbeing and healthcare

  • A guide to hormone therapy for trans people

'This publication available in booklet form has been produced by a team that includes doctors and trans people to help you understand and answer some of your questions about hormone treatment for trans people.

This publication gives trans men (female to male individuals) and trans women (male to female individuals) straightforward information about the benefits of hormone therapy and the risks and side effects. Every individual is different, and guidance about hormone therapy should always be used flexibly in response to individual needs.'
Department of Health

A guide to hormone therapy for trans people

  • Briefings for health and social care staff - Trans People's Health

The briefings provide easy-to-read guidance for health and social care commissioners, service planners and frontline staff. They aim to inform the delivery of appropriate services and to support health and social care professionals in their everyday work with LGBT people by providing fundamental awareness and evidence of LGBT needs in relation to health.
Dr Julie Fish (De Montfort University) for the DH Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group

Reducing health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people - briefings for health and social care staff

  • An introduction to working with transgender people: information for health and social care staff

This leaflet is intended to support staff to ensure that transgender people do not experience discrimination and prejudice in service delivery.

Department of Health

An introduction to working with transgender people: information for health and social care staff

  • Guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the care of gender variant people

This publication is written by a team from the Gender Identity Research and Education Society that includes doctors and trans people. All the team members have specialist knowledge and experience in the transgender field.
GIRES

Guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the care of gender variant people

Other Official Guidance

  • Gender reassignment - a guide for employers

Gender reassignment - a guide for employers is a practical guide to help employers understand how the law applies, and how to deal with issues which may arise, when a job applicant or member of staff is a transsexual person.

Department of Trade and Industry

//www.equalities.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1181

  • Transsexual People and Sport

The purpose of this guidance is to assist those involved in running or administering organised and competitive sport in the United Kingdomto deal with the very special set of circumstances that transsexual people present.
DCMS Sports Division

Gender reassignment - a guide for employers

  • Criminal Records Bureau process for Transgender Applicants

The CRB has a Confidential Checking Process for Transgender Applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who asked them to complete an application form for a CRB Disclosure.
CRB

Criminal Records Bureau process for Transgender Applicants

Other guidance

  • Use of Sports and Leisure Facilities by Trans People

This leaflet is intended to help you understand trans people and to provide practical ideas which can help you to help trans people to continue to have a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and social activities.
Published by Press for Change
Author Professor Stephen Whittle

Use of Sports and Leisure Facilities by Trans People

  • Changing for the Better

How to include transgender people in your workplace - A guide for forward-thinking employers
Stonewall Scotland

Change for the better

  • Guidance on combating transphobic bullying in schools

Despite the enactment of supportive legislation, transgender people continue to experience widespread discrimination in the educational environment, in the workplace and in society generally. As illustrated by the the cases appended to the toolkit, they are often the victims of transphobic bullying and crime.

Published by GIRES

Guidance on combating transphobic bullying in schools

  • Planning for later life: transgender people

This page provides a brief overview of ageing issues for older transvestite, transgender and transsexual people and those planning for later life; as well as for people who wish to offer support.

Published by Age Concern/Age UK

Planning for later life

  • Understanding gender dysphoria

This factsheet contains information on understanding gender identity and gender dysphoria.

Published by MIND

George Stewart and Katherine Darton

Understanding gender dysphoria

  • Leading Trans Equality: A Toolkit for Colleges

This is a complete course in understanding the needs of trans people as learners and employees. It will give HR officers, Policy development officers and Equality and Diversity Officers the tools required to lead on trans equality in colleges, as well as give tutors and student counsellors the tools to be good allies to trans learners and colleagues.

Centre for Excellence in Leadership

Professor Stephen Whittle, Dr Lewis Turner

Leading trans equality: a toolkit for colleges

Reports

  • Transgender EuroStudy: Legal Survey and Focus on the Transgender Experience of Health Care 

This research project, commissioned by ILGA-Europe, follows a similar large-scale study conducted in the UK in 2006. During July 2007 and December 2007 the researchers undertook a mixed quantitative/qualitative approach to collecting and analysing information on transgender and transsexual people’s experiences of inequality and discrimination in accessing health care in Europe.

ILGA Europe Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner, Ryan Combs, Stephenne Rhodes 

Transgender EuroStudy

  • Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination 

"This research project was undertaken for the Equalities Review between the period of July 14th and September 1st 2006. During this 6 week period, the researchers undertook a mixed quantitative/qualitative approach to collecting and analysing information on transgender and transsexual people’s experiences of inequality and discrimination in the UK.

This report is an analysis and summary of the results obtained, and it outlines the levels of inequality and discrimination that trans people face.]" 

Stephen Whittle, Lewis Turner and Maryam Al-alami 

Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination

  • Discrimination against transgender persons must no longer be tolerated

Transgender persons encounter severe problems in their daily lives as their identity is met with nsensitivity, prejudice or outright rejection" 

Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg - Commissioner for Human Rights 

Discrimination against transgender persons must no longer be tolerated

  • Gender Dysphoria, Transsexualism and Transgenderism:

Incidence, Prevalence and Growth in the UK and the implications for the Commissioners and Providers of Healthcare 

This abstract looks at the issue of measuring the size of the UK trans population.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society

Gender Dysphoria, Transsexualism and Transgenderism

  • The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education

This report draws on research commissioned by ECU to build an authoritative evidence base of the actual – rather than perceived – experiences of LGBT staff and students. The report shows unequivocally that, while higher education institutions provide a very positive space for many LGBT students, there is a real need for the sector to engage with this equality area and to review how it provides support for, and addresses discrimination against, LGBT staff and students. 

Equality Challenge Unit   Professor Gill Valentine, Dr Nichola Wood, Professor Paul Plummer 

The experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education

  • Lonely road: why school is hell for transgender pupils

Article explaining the difficulties trans students face in British schools 

The Independent,  Rachel Pugh 

Lonely road: why school is hell for transgender pupils

  • Trans with Pride: Reporting on the Issues 2007, Report of a conference

0n Friday 15th June 2007 when 150 members of the trans community and allies from across London, different regions of the UK and beyond gathered at Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London.
Transfabulous 

Trans with Pride: Reporting on the Issues 2007 Report of a conference

  • Evidence of Hate Crime Experiences of Trans People

Memorandum submitted by Press for Change to the committee stage of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
Parliament.  

Press for Change

Evidence of Hate Crime Experiences of Trans People  

Websites

  • Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

Information for Trans People, their families and the professionals who care for them.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)  

  • Mermaids

Family support group for children and teenagers with Gender Identity Issues 

Mermaids 

  • The Gender Trust

The Gender Trust is the largest UK charity which supports anyone affected by gender identity. 

Gender Trust 

  • Trans Health Home 

Health and wellbeing hub providing informationa and guidance about gender identity issues
NHS Choices

 Trans health home

  • Press for Change

Press for Change is a political lobbying and educational organisation, which campaigns to achieve equal civil rights and liberties for all trans people in the United Kingdom, through legislation and social change. 

Press for Change  

Press for Change health

  • Gendered Intelligence

Gendered Intelligence delivers professional development and trans awareness training. These sessions can be a generic introduction to trans experiences and issues, as well as gearing towards those who work with young trans people more specifically

Gendered Intelligence

Jay Stuart

//www.genderedintelligence.co.uk/ 

  • Trans Torah

TransTorah helps people of all genders to fully access and transform Jewish tradition, and helps Jewish communities to be welcoming sanctuaries for people of all genders.  

Trans Torah 

News/articles

  • Landmark Transsexual Ruling Upheld

The ruling confirms gender reassignment therapy as a necessary medical treatment rather than a cosmetic procedure - meaning it should be available on the NHS. 

BBC

Landmark Transsexual Ruling Upheld 

  • Transsexual on hunger strike

A transsexual from Nottinghamshire has warned she will end her life if she is refused hormone treatment on the NHS.

BBC    

Transsexual on hunger strike

  • Who do you think you are?

If the human rights of gay and lesbian children in our schools are routinely ignored, then the rights of transgendered children are not even recognised as existing. 

The Guardian, Phil Beadle

Who do you think you are? 

  • World's youngest sex-change operation 

German teenager Kim Petras has become the world's youngest transsexual after undergoing an operation at the age of just 16.

Daily Telegraph   

World's youngest sex-change operation   

  • I used to be a man

Profile feature on award winning trans businesswoman Kate Craig-Wood  

By Emily Cunningham

I used to be a man.

  • Employment Discrimination and Transsexual People

Research paper comparing the experiences of trans people in the workplace with the author's previous research in 1992 and 2000

Press for Change, Professor Stephen Whittle 

Employment Discrimination and Transsexual People 

  • A Girl on Friday, A Boy on Monday

Discussing the extent of bullying of transgender pupils  

TES Connect Hannah Frankel

A Girl on Friday, A Boy on Monday

 

Last Updated: 20 Oct 2009