The Welsh Liberal Democrats have condemned the wave of transphobic articles that have appeared recently across the media. In the week of Transgender Day of Remembrance, it is more important than ever the press report issues without prejudice and parties come together to stand up for the rights of the transgender community.
Recent days have seen numerous anti-trans scare stories, many ridiculing attempts to prevent transphobic bullying despite the fact 45% of trans school pupils in the UK have attempted suicide. Other articles have willfully misrepresented plans to update the Gender Recognition Act.
Welsh Lib Dem Leader Jane Dodds commented;
"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are rightly proud of our record on transgender issues, including holding the Senedd’s first debate on transgender issues in 2014, successfully campaigning for the establishment of a Gender Identity Clinic in Cardiff and investing £1.4m to strengthen mental health services for schools. However, we know more needs to be done, including improving transgender mental health support and providing inclusive sex and relationship education.”
“Transgender rights are human rights. There is no place for transphobia in a civilized society. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are proud to fight for a Wales that is open, tolerant and united. We believe in a Wales where everyone has the opportunity to live free from hate, bigotry and discrimination and we will not rest until this Wales is a reality.”