Guidance to support and welcome trans people
Over the last few years there’s been a steep increase in the number of
people in the UK seeking support to transition from the gender they were
assigned at birth, to the gender they feel most comfortable and wish to
The RYA is
encouraging clubs and training centres to be accessible to all – regardless of
gender. We know that many non-trans people want to be respectful of transgender
community members and want their club facilities to be trans-friendly and
welcoming, but they simply don't know how to do that or where to begin.
This is a
sensitive situation for clubs to deal with but we are aware of at least three
clubs who have asked for the RYA’s advice over the past year so we’re hoping to
answer some common questions and to provide some basic ways to make your club
RYA has produced some practical guidance
clubs to support and welcome trans people and comply with the Equality Act
2010, which provides protection from discrimination on the basis of Gender
Reassignment. It includes a brief
explanation of gender difference and identity, identifies some of the
challenges and covers the practical steps involved in supporting a member who
is transitioning or is open about their trans history.
also encourage clubs to give some thought to practices which could unintentionally
make certain members feel excluded because they don’t fit the traditional
stereotypes. For example, the wording on
formal invitations, dress codes and seating plans are often based on the
assumption that people will attend as a male and female couple. Making quite minor adjustments to practices
that have ‘always been done like that’ can make a big difference and ensure
that everyone feels welcome.
you would like any further information or advice please contact Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org
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