Transgender equality

Stonewall Scotland works for equality and justice for transgender people, as well as lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

We have worked in partnership with the Scottish Transgender Alliance on several projects, including the guide Changing for the Better, which supports employers learning how to include transgender people in their workplaces:

Changing for the Better also includes a useful glossary of key trans terminology in use in Scotland. You can view the glossary online.

All of our Scottish research is trans-inclusive. You can read and download all our publications here:

The Equality Act 2010 named gender reassignment as a specific protected characteristic, alongside the other characteristics or ‘equality strands’: age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 
The Act provides protection for people who change the gender role they live in, regardless of whether they undergo medical procedures, against various types of discrimination and harassment. It also offers protection against discrimination by perception (for people who are perceived as being trans, though they may not actually be) and discrimination by association (for people who may have trans partners, family members or friends).
You can read more about the Equality Act here.


The Scottish Transgender Alliance website provides lots more information on practical issues such as legal rights, as well as clear explanations of terminology relating to trans people, and good practice guidance and recommendations for employers and service providers. The STA also undertakes research and hosts events. You can find information on all of these in the news and events section.

There are a number of trans and trans-inclusive community and support groups around Scotland. The links below are provided for information; please note that all these groups are completely separate from Stonewall Scotland and we are not responsible for the content of any of these websites.

You can also find more community groups and events in your area using the National LGBT Forum Directory.

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