Nottingham Women’s Centre is proud to be a trans-inclusive women’s organisation. You can read more about our trans-inclusion policy, in line with our commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practices, here.
We recently drafted evidence for the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into the Gender Recognition Act which you can read in full here. This evidence was based on feedback from some of our transgender service users, as well as our staff’s experience of running a trans-inclusive women’s organisation for many year’s now.
We also consulted with three local partners which offer support, campaigns and advice to Nottingham’s trans community: Notts Trans Hub, TRANS4ME and Nottingham Chameleons.
This evidence submission presents information about our trans-inclusion policy and the day-to-day realities of being a trans-inclusive women’s organisation. We have also provided information and case studies about the barriers many trans people face when accessing services, including:
- Misgendering and problems updating official records
- Issues with Equality and Inclusion Forms
- Problems with the language used to describe women’s services
- Issues with accessing toilets
- Long waiting times to access transition-related healthcare
- Digital exclusion and isolation
- Smear tests for non-binary people and trans men
We also discuss the interaction between the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010 and suggest that the Government needs to take a more proactive approach to tackling the misinformation regarding the impact of GRA on the Equality Act.
You can read our full GRA submission by clicking the button below.