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Trans inequalities reviewed

Trans inequalities

The Commission is working to reduce inequality, eliminate discrimination, promote equality and human rights, and build good relations across all protected equality areas, including for trans people. 

In this section we highlight some of the main findings from the Trans Research Review (Mitchell and Howarth 2009) published by the Commission in October 2009, and identify actions the Commission will undertake in the next year.

Your rights - transgender discrimination

Developing gender identity (including transgender) questions for monitoring (including surveys)

NatCen (National Centre for Social Research) has been commissioned by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to develop new questions which capture gender (including transgender) identity. NatCen is currently looking for transgender people to take part in focus groups and interviews to feed into the question development.

Note on terminology

The terms ‘trans people’ and 'transgender people’ are both often used as umbrella terms for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from their birth sex, including transsexual people (those who intend to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone a process of gender reassignment to live permanently in their acquired gender), transvestite/cross-dressing people (those who wear clothing traditionally associated with the other gender either occasionally or more regularly), androgyne/polygender people (those who have non-binary gender identities and do not identify as male or female), and others who define as gender variant.