Wefan Gymraeg

Wales Charter for Trans rights

We exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

We’re calling for a Wales Charter for Trans rights so everyone can live free from hate, bigotry and discrimination. Here, we will cover some of our priorities that will most directly affect the LGBT+ community of Wales.

Health

  • Speed up the delivery of a Gender Identity Clinic for Wales, including a national trans-inclusive training programme for healthcare professionals.
  • Work to ensure that the NHS guarantees care in line with World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care.
  • Expand liaison psychiatry services which provide immediate access to specialist mental health support for people being treated for physical health problems.
  • Strengthen the Crisis Care Concordat and improve follow-up support for people attending A&E after self-harm or a suicide attempt.
  • Continue to invest in mental health services and ensure that mental health discrimination is ended.
  • Improve access to sexual health testing services through community pharmacies and roll out home testing provision.

Housing

  • Establish publicly funded safe houses for LGBT+ victims of abuse or those who face homelessness as a result of being LGBT+.
  • Issue guidance classing trans individuals as ‘vulnerable’ for the purposes of allocating social housing and ensure full equality monitoring and customer profiling questions on gender identity are asked.
  • Reconsider vulnerability classifications for homeless individuals and increase the homelessness prevention period from 56 days to 90 days.

Public Sector

  • Maintain the Public Sector Equality Duty and move to ‘name blank’ recruitment wherever possible in the public sector.
  • Require all recipients of public money to demonstrate they understand the gender issues in their organisation/sector, and have an action plan in place to address these issues and are monitored on progress.
  • Introduce a presumption that every public appointment shortlist should include non-male and BAME candidates, and establish an independent committee to monitor the drive for greater diversity in public appointments and verify the independence of the appointment process.
  • Encouraging public services, especially the health service, not to make assumptions about sexual orientation.
  • Support the phased removal of gender markers in documentation unless it is absolutely necessary, and the introduction of an 'X' gender option and 'Mx.' title option on the remainder.

Education

  • Require all schools in Wales to tackle homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying and discrimination, and establish a tolerant and inclusive environment for all pupils.
  • Embed gender and sexuality awareness training in all PGCE, Master of Education and Careers Service training to address gender stereotypes and help create gender aware learning environments in Welsh schools.
  • Require FE colleges and Universities to monitor and improve the recruitment, retention and attainment of LGBT+ students.
  • Ensure that the new Relationships and Sexuality Education curriculum is properly funded, with additional guidance for faith schools that retains sexual health in the curriculum.
  • Introduce statutory guidance on gender neutral school uniforms to end the use of gender binary in school uniforms.
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