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Making everyone welcome

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 identify.

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 more trans-friendly.

The RYA has produced some practical guidance to help 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.

We 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.

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