We are the lead government department for transgender equality matters.
What we mean by transgendered
While there is no agreed definition of transgender (or trans), it is generally used as an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender identity (self-identification as being a woman, man, neither or both) differs from the sex they were registered with at birth. The term includes, but is not limited to, transsexual people.
Gender identity and transgenderism are different and separate from sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is how someone defines their sexual attraction and is not linked to how one defines their internal sense of gender. Transgendered people can identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual.
What we are doing for transgendered people
The Government is committed to improving the lives of transgendered people. To help achieve this, the action plan Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality: Moving Forward was published on 14 March.
The action plan includes a range of commitments which will benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB and T). While LGB and T equality is often dealt with together, we understand that transgender people can face distinct and separate issues. We have therefore also committed to publish the first ever government transgender equality action plan later this year.
Engaging with the community
To ensure that the action plan addresses the needs of the trans community, we will actively engage with a wide range of transgender partners, organisations and individuals. As part of this engagement we will be sending 'e-Bulletins' to the trans community.
We are conducting a series of online surveys asking transgender people in particular to tell us the areas they would like us to concentrate on, how they would like us to communicate with them and to contribute their views and ideas. We will use the findings of this first survey to shape the Government transgender equality action plan and formulate initial Government commitments. Please comment on our online survey- the closing date is 16 September 2011.
We will also update you on progress of the action plan and how you can be involved.
If you would like to participate in our surveys or receive our e-bulletins please email us.
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- Comment on our online survey
- Facebook: I love sport but I hate homophobia and transphobia
- YouTube: Lynne Featherstone - transgender e-bulletin
- YouTube: Lynne Featherstone MP supports Trans Media Watch
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