Many people do not report hate crime. This is one of the few categories of criminal activity where the police are actively seeking to increase the crime recording rate in order to reduce the gap between the actual incidence of hate crime and those that are recorded and treated as such.
Confidence in the police is low for trans people in our communities. Too often, victims are attended by officers who are lacking in awareness about issues relating to trans people.
he vast majority of those of us who are targeted by transphobic hate crime find that the attending officer's lack of awareness and understanding exacerbate the problem in hand. It is vital that reporting barriers are addressed.
When hate crimes occur, victims need to have the confidence to report them. And the assurance that perpetrators will be dealt with as with any other hate crime.
We can provide consultation and training for officers and civilian staff, alike.
We provide support for victims of transphobic hate crime.
Understanding the psychological and emotional trauma of gender dysphoria is beyond the experience of most practitioners. Thus, the quality of care for patients trans is variable.
We can help to address some of these difficulties. We are working with GP practices to provide basic awareness training, to more specialist training. We can create a comprehensive training programme to fit the demographic of your area.
Only if you are queer or trans!
The forum must be a safe and inclusive space for everyone . Respect is paramount. Prejudice and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.
QTIP does not, under any circumstances, tolerate gender-critical discussion.
It is essential that members feel able to speak and express their opinions without the fear of judgement.
External stakeholders in all sectors, whose professional role includes a responsibility for Diversity + Inclusion.
Things move quickly in the world. What is politically correct this year, my not be next year. When addressing an individual we should not make any assumptions about their identity. In the same way a person's cultural identity is personal and often complex, so is a person's gender identity. We all make faux-pas
Don't 'out' anyone as trans, or ask anyone if they are trans.
If they will share that information with you if they want to. If someone tells you that they are trans, or discusses their transition journey with you, it doesn't mean it's common knowledge. They may just want to be known as e.g. Jesse, or a man, a woman, a person, not a trans man, trans woman, trans person.
The language of gender is nuanced.
Words (e.g. 'queer') which might offend one person will be a label worn with pride by another. The only way to know which and individual prefers is to ask. (Only if it is pertinent to the discussion, of course!).
"What's your pronoun?", "What's your gender?", "What would you like me to call you?"
Don't make assumptions! We need to get used to asking the questions, and accepting and respecting the answer. A person's identity is not up for debate. Ever.
Lastly, THINK about the questions you might ask. A person's medical history + transition journey are personal. Whatever your own gender history, whatever your boundaries.
Referring to a person's 'real' gender or name is offensive.
Cis- and trans- women are women; Cis- and trans- men are men;
Whatever gender they were assigned at birth, non-binary people are non-binary etc..
Dead-naming: "I remember when you were Joseph / Joanne/ Jay".
Most of us can remember a change of name remarkably quickly e.g. when someone close to us gets married. Most sport fans have no trouble remembering the the sometimes unusual names of players in their favourite team.
Ok, so you might slip up once or twice at the start of their transition and call them by their dead-name, as genuine mistake. Other than that DON'T dead-name. Dead-naming can be very hurtful to a trans person. Dead-naming can trigger harmful emotions, trauma, and gender dysphoria.
Mis-gendering: "He...I mean she..."
GENUINELY accidental mis-gendering is understandable, especially if you have known someone for a great many years as a different gender before they transition. And sometimes we all slip up.
Don't get defensive! is someone corrects you! Don't ask them to explain why it's offensive, just accept that it is. A simple "Oh I'm so sorry..." and self correction is fine, and would probably be appreciated by all concerned. When you get home you can ask Google.
Purposely mis-gendering or dead-naming anyone is disrespectful. It's nasty. It's never, ever funny.
Trans people don't know everything trans people! Like everyone else on the planet, we can't fully understand what it's like to be another person. Some of us share certain aspects life experiences. For those who do not share those experiences, the best thing you can do is know that as we talk to each other, our understanding grows.
Understanding is not necessarily a prerequisite for respect. Be respectful of the rights of others.
Confident teachers are better able to support their students, especially those who may be questioning their gender identity.
As teachers, we need a good understanding of nuances of gender identity and expression. We need to have a firm grasp of the terminology and vocabulary around gender-diversity.
We need to be better equipped to recognise & address transgender discrimination, transphobic bullying and abuse, and trans hate crime.
"Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world"
It is vital to discuss the needs of all the children and young people in school. We all strive to create an inclusive environment in our schools & academies.
QTIP can facilitate this discussion. Our training explores the unique needs of trans pupils & teachers in the school community.
We are partnering with gender-diverse families, with educators, and with service providers to help foster a healthy, caring, and safe gender-diverse environment in schools.
Exams, by now, are well underway. Transfer days are bringing excitement for students moving up, and a little chaos too! The summer break is nearly upon us.
But before we all dash off, just a reminder that SRE 2020 is around the corner. For those who are ahead of the game, get in touch to find out about our gender-diversity resources.