Statement on potential trans-inclusion in Stonewall

As many people in the trans-o-sphere are aware, today Stonewall met with a group of trans professionals, campaigners and activists to discuss the possibilities of trans-inclusion within Stonewall.

Historically, Stonewall England have been very firm about not wanting to allow trans people a voice within their organisation. They have also actively excluded trans people who are L, G and/or B, and released training material that included uncontested transphobic slurs. Rather than simply ignoring trans people, Stonewall have actively harmed trans people.

This has not been well received by the trans community, especially given that Stonewall take their name from a riot started and fought by trans women of colour, a fight that is often credited as the catalyst for the beginning of the LGBT rights movement as we know it today.

Recovering A Future are glad that Stonewall seem to want to put that behind them and we hope that, regardless of how relations between the trans community and Stonewall develop, this will be a turning point for Stonewall that indicates an end to their transphobic behaviour of years past.

We are also concerned that it might be that the trans community can do more for Stonewall than they can do for us: with trans people becoming increasingly visible, thanks to the work of out trans journalists, actors and presenters, such as Laverne Cox and Paris Lees, it seems that transphobia is going out of style, and that paying lip service to trans-inclusion might be a way for more conservative organisations to hike their popularity, especially among younger LGB people.

The attendees of today’s meeting are overwhelmingly white, binary-identified, middle-class, and adult. We believe that there can be no real trans-inclusion that does not listen to the voices of those most marginalised within our community, the voices of disabled trans people, trans people of colour, non-binary trans people, working class trans people, and young trans people. We believe that if Stonewall are truly committed to putting transphobia behind them, these will be the people they prioritise meeting with next.

We’d also like to see Stonewall review their diversity awards policy and stop giving diversity champion awards to organisations that actively harm LGBT people, and have policy to continue actively harming LGBT people, such as the Home Office and the DWP.

We hope that today’s discussions were fruitful and that future consultations are successful, and that Stonewall are really as committed to listening to trans voices as they claim to be. If so, they may yet become a useful and powerful ally in the fight for trans liberation.

Statement regarding the intimidation of trans activists

Recovering A Future wholeheartedly condemns recent attempts to harass, intimidate, and misgender trans activists.

This includes attempts to distribute personal information (doxxing) and deliberately interfering with their economic security through sabotaging their employment. Recovering A Future was founded on the principles of mutual aid and as such we are deeply shocked and disappointed that these attacks have come from both cis and trans* individuals.

We would also like to clarify that Recovering A Future does not officially take any position on issues that are not trans healthcare related, unless otherwise stated in our website or constitution

Call out for responses on difficulty accessing Gender Identity Services

Healthwatch England included a request for information on any difficulties people were having accessing gender identify services. If you are willing to share your experiences (anonymously is fine) please get in touch with them and they will use these experiences help inform the national discussion.

The call out is as follows:

“Have you come across problems with Gender Identity Services?

We want to know if you have found out about difficulties for anyone in accessing gender identity services. This will inform our feedback to NHS England. Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin and Healthwatch Torbay have raised concerns around waiting times and funding for gender reassignment surgery. If you have any evidence you would like us to include, please email us”

The email address to send your comments to Healthwatch is enquiries[@]healthwatchliverpool.co.uk Please put Gender Identity Services responses in the subject line.

If you want Recovering A Future to support you in making a complaint about the service, hospital please copy in info[@]recoveringafuture.org.uk and we will be in touch.