Lewisham East CLP stands in solidarity with our trans siblings and calls on the government to provide comprehensive and timely care and to uphold trans people's right to equal access to services and facilities.
• Trans men are men. Trans women are women. Non-binary people are non-binary.
• Trans people face severe persecution in our society, and we stand in solidarity with
the trans community
• Trans people should have equal access to all services and facilities according to
their gender identity, including access to domestic violence refuges. Discrimination
needs to be countered in order for trans people to feel able to access medical care –
e.g.: trans men need to feel confident that they can access cervical screening without
having to identify as women. Biology has a negative effect on the health outcomes of trans people, just as it has a negative effect on the health outcomes of all women.
• Trans people who seek it should be able to access timely medical intervention to
• Trans people should be able to legally change their gender without any costs, with
minimal bureaucratic hurdles.
• The Labour Party should be a welcoming environment, and transphobia, i.e. denial
of the existence of trans people, must not be tolerated.
We call on the Labour Party to:
• Clearly, consistently and determinedly argue in parliament for reform to the GRA to
enable trans people to self-identify without the need for medical approval. Argue for
removal of the 'spousal veto'.
• Resist any reduction in the rights of trans people under the Equality Act
• Treat complaints of transphobia as seriously as complaints of other discrimination
Recognising that this has become an unhelpfully divisive issue within our Party, work through consultation with all concerned parties to seek to find common ground upon which to proceed.