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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.