Leading Trans Equality: A Toolkit for Colleges The need for a Trans Positive environment at colleges, and what this toolkit can do for you
This is a complete course in understanding the needs of trans people as learners and employees.
1 It will give HR officers, Policy development officers and Equality and Diversity Officers the tools required to lead on trans equality in colleges, as well as give tutors and student counsellors the tools to be good allies to trans learners and colleagues. Recent research has found that transsexual or transgender – ‘trans’ people are ‘second chancers’ in the education system having either left school early following transphobic bullying, or re-entering education while undergoing, or post-gender
2 This suggests that Further Education institutions have a significant role in trans people’s lives. One of the requirements of gender identity clinics for undergoing gender transition is to be in full-time employment, education or vocational training and as post-16
education institutions are regarded by many as ‘zones of tolerance’, your institution or place of learning should expect to see some trans people as learners, students or employees. Recent legislation has given trans people protection from discrimination as well as
privacy rights. Indeed, trans people are now regarded as the ‘seventh strand’ in equality. This toolkit is not a ‘how to’ guide in compliance. Rather, implementing the following guidance will assist your educational institution in achieving excellence in