Dozens of UK companies and organizations are standing up for trans equality as part of a major campaign starting today.
Stonewall, the Britains LGBT + equality charity, has unveiled an open letter Trans rights are Human Rights that was signed by 132 leading companies in a show of support for trans communities.
The public statement, which has been signed by brands including Disney, Google, Budweiser and Royal Navy, urges the UK government to move forward with its commitment to protecting the rights of trans peoples.
All of these companies are sending a strong message to trans communities that major businesses have their backs, said Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive Officer at Stonewall, in a statement.
Across the UK, corporate leaders are speaking out because they care about protecting and supporting their trans peers, clients, friends and family.
At a time when trans rights feel increasingly threatened, the diversity of all these businesses participating today shows that there is rich support for trans people at the highest levels of British industrial and cultural life.
But we can not be complacent. If we want to live in a world where every trans person can be themselves, each of us must use our voice to challenge transphobia and take action to create more inclusive communities.
Seventy-five corporations that have signed the list have addressed the Prime Minister directly to urge the Government to honor its commitment to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).
GRA aims to regulate how trans people can legally recognize their identity, but its reliance on detailed psychiatric assessments has been seen as outdated and troubling by many trans and non-binary people.
Despite Theresa May’s commitment to reform the act to allow self-identification of trans and non-binary people, it was reported in June that the government was now considering abandoning plans.
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An update of GRA government plans is believed to be announced later this month.
Stone walls declaration has also been signed by a number of Manchester – based companies in a wide range of sectors, including Stockport Homes and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).
“We were pleased to join more than 100 organizations to show our support for trans equality,” said Brenda Warrington,’s advisor to Greater Manchester’s portfolio of Equality, on behalf of GMCA.
The letter Stonewall Trans Human Rights stands as a strong message that we will not allow trans rights to be forgotten, whether in our city region or across the UK. “
A number of Universities across the UK have also signed the list, including the University of Brighton, the University of Exeter, the University of the City of London, the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.
“Here at the University of Manchester we are extremely proud to be an institution that is fully inclusive and fully committed to all equality groups,” Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Manchester, told MEN
By engaging in this high profile national campaign we are simply showing our clear support to all our trans colleagues, students and individuals throughout our university community.
This campaign simply builds further and enhances our reputation in this area after we were named a top trans employer in 2018 by Stonewall and continue to be an active member of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
The Manchester International Film Festival (MIF) also signed the letter, joined Sony, the British Army and O2 in signing the letter and said it was part of their commitment to be open and accessible to all.
As an organization we value trans people as employees, as colleagues, as artists and audiences, said John McGrath, Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at MIF.
The arts can play an important role in challenging inequality and providing greater opportunities.
We are committed to building equality in everything we do and continue to work to ensure we are open and accessible to people from all communities, backgrounds and identities.