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Disney, Google and Microsoft join over 130 companies demanding UK protects trans rights

Disney, Google and Microsoft join over 130 companies demanding UK protects trans rights

  • Crowds demanded their rights at Trans Pride in London over the weekend.
Trans Pride 2020 in London.

Leading companies – including Disney, Microsoft, Google and 133 others – have told the UK government to ‘make progress for the trans community’.

Meanwhile 70 of the organizations have written directly to Prime Minister Boris Johnson telling him to protect trans rights and reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).

It comes just two days after big crowds held a Trans Pride protest in London. Reform of the GRA was a central request at the event on Saturday (12 September).

Trans activists have been worrying for months about Britain’s future direction on their rights.

New equalities minister Liz Truss stirred the fears when she made her first remarks about her agenda. In them, she indicated she may crack down on trans rights, including public bathroom access. Some trans people even said they may flee the UK as they were so worried.

Meanwhile the UK Government has promised for reform of the Gender Recognition Act since 2017.

The law, which allows trans people to change legal gender, was groundbreaking in 2004. But it puts huge burdens on trans people to prove themselves and other countries now have far superior laws.

However, politicians have repeatedly delayed acting, first due to Brexit and then when Johnson took power.

After a summer of trans campainging, Johnson has promised to consider reforming the Gender Recognition Act. Meanwhile Truss has climbed down and said she won’t change the transition process to make it harder for under 18s.

The 136 companies – including Aviva, BP, CITI, Expedia and Sky – hope their support will show business is firmly behind trans Britons.

Their statement simply says: ‘Trans rights are human rights. We value trans people as our employers, customers and colleagues.’

‘Powerful message’

LGBT+ campaign organization Stonewall has organized the signatories. Nancy Kelley, chief executive of Stonewall said:

‘We’re proud of all the business leaders who today are ‘coming out’ for trans equality. All these companies are sending a powerful message to trans communities that leading businesses have their backs.

‘Across the UK, corporate leaders are speaking up because they care about protecting and supporting their trans colleagues, customers, friends and family.

‘At a time when trans rights feel increasingly under threat, the diversity of all these businesses taking part today shows there is a wealth of support for trans people at the most senior levels of British industrial and cultural life.

‘But we can’t be complacent. If we want to live in a world where every trans person can be themselves, each of us must use our voice to challenge transphobia and take action to create more inclusive communities.’

Meanwhile trans campaigners are expecting the government to reveal its plans in the coming weeks.