Trans Day of Visibility is an important event that celebrates the accomplishments and struggles of transgender and gender non-conforming people around the world. For LAMP, this day is especially significant because we work with many students who are trans and non binary.
Unfortunately, trans people in the UK still face a number of difficulties. Discrimination is still a major problem, with many trans people experiencing harassment, hate crimes, and employment discrimination. According to a 2020 study by the LGBT Foundation, only 53% of trans people in the UK are employed, compared to 81% of the general population. Trans people also face difficulties accessing healthcare, including long waiting times and a lack of understanding and support from healthcare professionals.
In addition, there are ongoing debates about the rights of trans people, including access to gender-affirming healthcare and the ability to self-identify their gender without the need for medical diagnosis. These debates can create a hostile and uncertain environment for trans people, who may feel their rights and identities are constantly under attack.
Despite these challenges, LAMP is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for our trans and non-binary students. We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their gender identity.
By celebrating Trans Day of Visibility and raising awareness about the challenges faced by trans people in the UK, we hope to promote understanding and acceptance of their experiences. By creating a safe and inclusive environment and promoting awareness of Trans Day of Visibility, we help ensure that our students feel valued and respected, and that they have the tools they need to thrive in the world.
Happy Trans Day of Visibility!
Photography from our English classroom.