The charity, which has previously been criticised for a lack of action on trans issues, has also confirmed that it is making all current campaigns trans-inclusive and is seeking ways of developing new work on issues specific to trans people.
Stonewall has taken this move following a consultation with over 700 trans people. The charity has stated that it hopes to “use its platform and experience to help create real change for them.”
A new report, entitled Trans People and Stonewall, apologises for previous mistakes, considers ways of becoming more trans-inclusive and recognises the diversity of trans communities. It also considers training requirements for Stonewall staff to ensure that they are better equipped to focus on trans-specific matters.
Over the next 18 months, the charity will take positive steps to make sure that trans expertise and experience is reflected in its board of trustees. It will also be recruiting experts to work with Stonewall staff. Stonewall have plans to work closely with trans organisations to avoid replicating work and focus on new projects “so that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people can be themselves.”
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Chief Executive said: “Whether we’re challenging bullying in our schools, tackling hate crime on our streets or working to make our public services truly equal for users, we have a responsibility to use our voice and share our 25 years of experience.
“This change marks a significant moment in Stonewall’s history. As a community we can achieve much more by standing together. This is an exciting but huge undertaking – we recognise that we are not instant experts, and will work closely with the trans community to achieve real change for LGBT people.”