The MU is disgusted by the rampant transphobia that has dominated the recent Conservative Party Conference. Dangerous anti trans narratives and policies on gender and trans issues that will make it harder for trans people to exist in the UK have been peddled out in a bid for electoral gains.
New hate crime statistics released today show that England and Wales are continuing to become less safe for LGBTQ+ people. This includes an 11% rise in transphobic hate crime.
Rebuild communities, don’t divide them further
The Government’s present focus should be on policy that would rebuild our crumbling arts sector, create safe and inclusive workplaces and address the very real situation millions of people in the UK find themselves in, struggling to afford to eat, to heat their homes and keep the lights on because of the cost of living crisis, caused by the conservative government.
Instead, they have taken every opportunity to attack trans people and “woke ideology” in an effort to distract from its many, many failures.
The Government should be focused on rebuilding communities, not dividing them further.
The MU stands with all our trans members and the wider trans community
The MU is committed to working towards trans equality in the workplace, in society and in our union, and stands in solidarity with our trans and non-binary members, a fact reiterated by MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl in relation to the new hate crime stats:
“The continual negative debate about trans people is having a direct impact on an already marginalised community.
“Trans people face significant barriers in the music industry and beyond, the constant portrayal of trans people as a dangerous or deceptive is making the situation worse. We cannot allow this narrative to continue.
“The MU stands with all our trans members and the wider trans community, and will continue to challenge transphobia wherever it exists”