Confident teachers are better able to support their trans students, or those questioning their gender identity.
Teachers who are aware of what 'trans' means - and have an understanding of the terminology and vocabulary around gender - are better equipped to tackle trans discrimination, transphobic bullying and abuse, and trans hate crime.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
How adequate are the services that provide care for our most vulnerable members of our communities?
From the cradle to the grave, however vulnerable an individual might be, gender non-conformity is likely to reduce a person's life chances even further if their needs are poorly understood, and not taken into account.
Transphobic speech, bullying, assault, and discrimination are all unlawful and impact tremendously on the victim's physical and mental health. This is exponentially amplified if the hate comes from withing the community .
Transphobic discrimination against someone who is visibly trans is often a barrier to people who rent privately.
Homelessness is possibly the most vulnerable situation for a trans person to encounter.
Hate Crime is monitored by the police: trans hate is one of the five strands they record and monitor.
We need to ensure that those at the coal face understand transgender hate crime when they see it. We need ensure that we, our trans colleagues, or friends, and neighbours feel confident when dealing with the police, in whatever capacity.
Trans people need to be confident that they will be treated with respect and sensitivity. Community safety is everyone's responsibility
Officers and civilian staff need to feel confident that they can get their job done effectively. They need to feel able to identify trans discrimination and hate crime, and deal with it effectively. They can only do this if they understand trans issues.
We need to work together to promote the message that trans hate crime will not be tolerated.
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