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We offer training and consultation services to employers in public and private sector groups, organisations and corporate settings.
ENGAGE: We promote direct engagement between service providers and service users.
We celebrate gender diversity!
ACCEPT: Trans gender identities are a valid and should be accepted without a debate. QTIP does not engage with 'gender -critical' or any other discriminatory discourse, but we are always happy to discuss our reasons for this.
ADMIT: We believe that everyone has a crucial part to play in ensuring safer communities. Safer communities will mean better inclusion for gender variant people.
AFFIRM: We are a trans-positive company. Through our work we promote better awareness and understanding of
trans issues and rights..
The statistics gathered in recent years by public sector services do not always show the whole picture. Hostility and prejudice means it is often unsafe for trans people to draw attention to themselves, by reporting offences perpetrated against them on account of their gender identity and/ or expression.
Experience has shown many individuals from minority groups, including trans people, that they may not be taken seriously when they report incidents or offences perpetrated on account of their trans identity or expression. Unfortunately the risk of further emotional trauma is so prohibitive: having to justify themselves, and relive the experience repeatedly. We need to build confidence and trust.
Experiences when trying to access transgender specialist services are problematic. It is not unusual to hear words such as 'hostile' and 'humiliating' in discussing service users' experiences.
"One in five (20 per cent) of
patient-facing staff have heard
colleagues make negative
remarks about trans people."
Experience also illustrates that many professionals are not confident about their knowledge and ability to identify transphobia. Many professionals lack confidence and awareness necessary to tackle trans discrimination, and support trans people in our communities..
Ignorance Is A Reason, Not An Excuse.
Trans people are frequently asked to validate their gender with impertinent questioning, and requests for documentation. In most cases these requests are unlawful and discriminatory.
Trans people may also be deliberately misgendered, dead-named, threatened, and denied access: these things are often part of a 'normal' day for visibly trans people. These experiences take their toll on a person's health and well-being. Experiences of social isolation, depression, suicidal ideation are common for even the most resilient of trans people.
The impact of these things upon a person's ability work, their ability function socially can be devastating. Subsequent unemployment, health issues, housing difficulties, or homelessness can be tricky to navigate. If we take this to its logical conclusion we can begin to see why this initiative is important, and why we need to tackle these issues head on:
"The majority of participants, 84%, had thought about ending their lives at some point", and "...35% attempting suicide at least once and 25% attempting suicide more than once".
(McNeil et al., 2012).
Being transgender is included as a protected characteristic. Gender non-conforming people are protected under this legislation.
In order to make our communities and work spaces safe and inclusive, we need improve understanding about trans the issues that represent a barrier to inclusion.
Raising awareness and understanding is necessary for us to recognise and address transphobic attitudes and discrimination when we see it.
The Trans Forum
The Trans Forum is an autonomous group run by, and for trans people. It exists to drive the agenda for inclusion and equality. All trans people over 18 are welcome to join.
We welcome trans people from all intersectional groups.
QTIP is a Community Interest Company.
The transgender community is its beneficiary.
We welcome representatives from all professional organisations and services
We welcome transgender-positive volunteers.
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