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53% of British people would feel comfortable if friend told them they were trans

53% of British people would feel comfortable if friend told them they were trans

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A study has found that 51% of British people think more should be done to tackle discrimination against trans people.

Furthermore, the report shows that almost two-thirds (65%) are concerned about the abuse trans people receive.

It also revealed over half (53%) of respondents would feel comfortable if a friend disclosed their trans identity to them.

The NfP Synergy research has been commissioned by Stonewall to coincide with the release of their Trans Allies Programme.

The one-day course, created by trans and cis Stonewall staff, will help give cis people the skills to ‘come out for trans equality’, the LGBTI charity says.

It’s backed by 13 high profile public, private and civil society organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group.

It will help people understand the impact of transphobia and teach tools and language to tackle anti-trans discrimination.

The research was conducted with 1,000 adults aged 16 and over in Britain.

‘A lack of confidence can often provoke a fear of making mistakes’

Bex Stinson, Stonewall’s Head of Trans Inclusion, spoke out about the importance of allies to Gay Star News.

‘Many trans people still find it difficult to be their full selves at work,’ she said. ‘[They] often facing bullying and discrimination. Whether it’s a lack of gender-neutral facilities, restrictive dress codes or a harassment policy that isn’t trans inclusive, trans people face very different challenges from their lesbian, gay and bi colleagues.

‘Advancing trans equality in the workplace should not just fall on the shoulders of trans staff – people who already battling discrimination and abuse in their day-to-day lives. Allies are most needed where trans people are most vulnerable, like when they are at work.’

‘12% of trans employees have been physically attacked by a colleague or customer in the last year’

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Director of Empowerment Programmes also commented.

‘We’re proud to have such a diverse range of organisations helping to launch our Trans Allies Programme,’ he said. ‘Their commitment journey to getting trans inclusion right is an extremely promising sign that a positive future is possible.

‘We know trans and non-binary people face high levels of abuse and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Half of trans and non-binary people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination.

‘One in eight trans employees (12%) have been physically attacked by a colleague or customer in the last year. But the sheer diversity of our launch partners show there is a wealth of support for trans people at the most senior levels of British industrial and cultural life.’