By Jane Fae
Ground-breaking stuff? Or a fig leaf designed to head-off pressure for real change?
As one of its first projects in the new parliament, the women and equalities committee is inquiring formally into the issue of equality for trans folk. Today they’ve been taking oral evidence.
But why? Why now? And why bother? Surely trans people have arrived. Not just all the froth, from Vanity Fair to Loose Women, about Kellie Maloney and Caitlyn Jenner. Surely we’ve reached the famous ‘transgender tipping point’, announced so confidently to the world from the front cover of Time magazine last year by trans actress Laverne Cox. Surely the women’s committee has better things to do with its time.
The first and most obvious reason is that, for all the positive headlines, progress on the trans front has been patchy and piecemeal stuff. For every heart-warming story of trans acceptance on the part of the public, there are behind-the-scenes stories of discrimination, harassment and abuse. We’re notRead More »from Is the trans inquiry just a fig leaf?