We offer training and consultation services to employers in public and private sector groups, organisations and corporate settings.
We celebrate diversity!
QTIP does not engage with 'gender -critical' discourse.
QTIP does not tolerate discrimination against any other minority group.
We are uncompromising in our belief that trans people deserve the same rights, respect and protection as anybody else.
We believe that everyone has a crucial part to play in ensuring safer communities. We believe in social responsibility.
Guarding Against Institutional Prejudice and Discrimination.
Following the tragedy that took the life of Stephen Lawrence , the 1999 Macpherson Report gave a definition of 'institutional racism'. For the purpose of this discussion about trans discrimination we have swapped the racial and cultural characteristics of that report to illustrate the guidelines we would like to see in place to protect the trans community. The report defines institutional racism as:
" The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their transgender identity / transgender expression. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and transgender stereotyping, which disadvantages minority gender people. " ( REF).
It is imperative that we put our heads together to address these same issues as outlined in Macpherson's report. Transgender people should expect the same rights and respect as everyone else. It is in all of our interests continue to work as diligently as ever for equality, acceptance and inclusion for gender-diverse members of our communities.
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.
Opinions need to be heard and questions need to be asked. Trans people need to speak for trans people, to feel confident enough to participate in the discussion, and ultimately to be a part of the decision making process.
QTIP is a Community Interest Company.
The transgender community is its beneficiary.
We welcome representatives from all professional organisations and services with a responsibility for equality and diversity.
For more information about working with QTIP please do get in touch.
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