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Campaigning for trans equality in Scotland

Stonewall and trans equality

Stonewall was set up in 1989 as a charity to campaign for sexual orientation equality. Stonewall Scotland was set up in 2001 in response to the change political landscape in Scotland and to better support LGBT people in our communities. Stonewall Scotland has since that time campaigned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality. In February 2015, after an extensive consultation with over 700 trans people, Stonewall extended its remit across the whole organisation to became a charity which campaigns for LGBT equality.

This change marks a significant moment in Stonewall’s history. As a community we can achieve much more by standing together. This is an exciting but huge undertaking – we recognise that we are not instant experts, and will work closely with the trans community to achieve real change for LGBT people.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive



Stonewall is inviting the trans community to attend consultations around the UK in February 2017 to feed into 'A Vision for Change', a document written and produced by the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group and based on a shared mission: to ensure that trans people have the right to live full and authentic lives at work, home and in public.


We've set up a Trans Advisory Group to guide our work. They're helping us make sure that everything we do is led by the voices and the experiences of trans people.


Trans People and Stonewall 2015 is a report which explains a bit more about the history behind this decision and some of the issues we'll be tackling in order to create a world where all trans people can be themselves without fear of prejudice and discrimination. It also sets out our commitment to work in partnership with others and the steps we'll be taking to make sure that we get it right. 


What does it mean to be trans?

We use trans as an umbrella term to cover a range of identities including transgender, transsexual and non-binary. What these have in common is that for a trans person your gender identity (your sense of your own gender) doesn't match the one assigned to you at birth. For example, society might assign you female at birth but you know that you identify as a man. For more information about terminology and about the experiences of trans people, take a look at the report above.

Aren't sexual orientation and gender identity very different things?

Being trans is about your gender identity which is a different thing to your sexual orientation. Trans people can be lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight (or any other sexual orientation). The reason why we've decided to campaign for LGBT equality is because trans people and LGB people often face the same kind of prejudice and discrimination whether that's bullying in our schools or hate crime on our streets. We believe we're stronger together.

Why didn't you take this decision earlier?

We should have opened conversations with trans people much earlier and we're sorry for the harm we've caused by not doing that. You can read more about the history behind it all in the report above.

Who did you consult with?

We consulted with over 700 trans people both online and in meetings across Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Newcastle. These included meetings to hear about the unique experiences of disabled trans people, older and younger trans people, non-binary people, and trans people from a range of ethnic backgrounds. We also talked to our existing supporters to get their thoughts.

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Why do sections of your website still not mention trans people?

It's going to take some time because we want to work with experts and existing campaigners to make sure we get it right. So while there are bits of our website which don't yet mention trans people - they will do very soon.


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