Stonewall Cymru today unveiled our priorities for Assembly Members to be elected next month. The manifesto includes calls for action on healthcare for trans people and further steps to challenge bullying in schools.
Wales is the only country in the UK without a Gender Identity Clinic. Many trans people in Wales are currently on long waiting lists for appointments elsewhere. Providing specialist, accessible and high-quality gender identity services closer to communities here in Wales could be life changing. Stonewall Cymru are calling on the next government to establish a Gender Identity Clinic, to fully involve trans people in the design of public services, and to support NHS professionals in understanding the health needs of trans people.
Despite endemic levels of bullying in Wales’ schools, large numbers of secondary school teachers have not received any specific training on how to tackle homophobic bullying and more than a third of primary school teachers say their school does not allow them to teach about lesbian gay or bisexual issues. The next Welsh government must address this critical training gap for teachers in challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru said:
Trans people are denied access to life changing healthcare and support in their own country. The next Welsh Government must take radical steps to tackle transphobia in education and sport, support for trans young people dealing with bullying, mental health issues and homelessness, and high quality, accessible gender identity services here in Wales.
Young people are subject to bullying in schools and teachers tell us they need support to challenge it. Schools must be empowered to talk about the real life issues young LGBT people face and support their mental wellbeing.
Wales has come a long way but the reality is there is much more to do before every LGBT person, wherever they live, work or pray, is accepted without exception.
Stonewall Cymru will be hosting a rally which is open to LGBT people and allies on the 11 April 2016 in Cardiff.
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