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Wednesday 31 March is International Trans Day of Visibility. To mark this, our Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl has said:

“On Trans Day of Visibility, the MU reconfirms our commitment 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.

“We are committed to tackling transphobia wherever it occurs and to making sure the music industry is a safe place for trans people to work.”

MU articles covering topics of interest for trans people and allies

Sign Stonewall’s petition to ban conversion therapy

Sign Stonewall’s petition to ban conversion therapy on their website. Stonewall says:

“It is still legal for LGBTQIA+ people to be emotionally, mentally abused through so-called ‘conversion therapy.

“Conversion therapy includes medical, psychiatric, psychological, religious, cultural or any other interventions that seek to erase, repress or change the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of a person.

Stonewall’s LGBT in Britain – Health Report found that one in twenty LGBT people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services.

“It’s time for conversion therapy to be eradicated. We have an opportunity to secure a full, legislative ban which makes conversion therapy illegal.”

Statistics ignite calls to ensure trans employees are protected and included

The number of trans people who hide their identity at work is increasing, a recent poll from People Management has found.

More transgender people hide their identity at work now than they did five years ago, a new study has suggested, igniting calls for employers to proactively develop policies and practices to ensure trans employees are protected and included at work.

Katie Budd, head of indices and resources at LGBT+ charity Stonewall, described the figures as “heartbreaking,” and said they were a “stark reminder of how far we still had to go for trans people to feel safe to be themselves at work”.

“It’s 2021 – no one should have to hide who they are or feel afraid that they’ll be harassed for being open about their gender identity at work,” she said.

Join the MU’s network of LGBT Members

The MU has an active LGBT+ network of members. Members receive regular updates on our equalities work via newsletters, as well as the opportunity to contribute to MU consultation responses and take part in surveys.

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Youth Music Awards 2023: Take Note That the Future is Here

Last month the MU sponsored Youth Music’s Inspirational Music Leader Award, which was presented by Dr Diljeet Bhachu, the MU’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this blog, she reflects on the judging process and shares her thoughts on addressing inequality in the wider industry.

Published: 01 December 2023

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MU Celebrates Trans Awareness Week 2023

This year Trans Awareness Week takes place 13 to 19 November. Here we share some of the latest news and resources to help us all foster a more inclusive and supportive space for Trans and gender non-conforming people.

Published: 13 November 2023

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Members to Receive Ballot Papers Imminently

Executive Committee (EC) and Regional Committee (RC) Ballots are currently underway, asking MU members to elect representatives from the membership to represent then at Regional and Executive level. Ballots have been posted out and should be arriving shortly.

Published: 20 October 2023

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