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MU Reconfirms Our Commitment Towards Trans Equality on Trans Day of Visibility

Wednesday 31 March is Trans Day of Visibility, and we are marking this by showing a round-up of previously published blogs – as well as upcoming events and petitions to support.

Published: 31 March 2021 | 11:10 AM Updated: 29 April 2021 | 1:06 PM
Photograph of a person holding up a trans pride flag (blue, pink and white) which is floating out behind them against a bright blue sky.
“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.” Photo credit: Shutterstock

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.”

Learn how to work towards trans inclusion in the workplace

The LGBT Foundation’s Trans Programme has put together a Professionals Awareness Event to discuss how to improve access in the workplace and services for trans and non-binary people – you can book your place and share the event from their Eventbrite page.

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.

Join an equality network group today.

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