The new parliamentary select committee will spend the next few months judging how far the U.K. needs to go before trans people have full equality.
"Many trans people still face discrimination and unfair treatment in their work, schools, healthcare and other important services," said committee chair Maria Miller. "Transphobia and hate crimes are a cruel reminder that we have still have (sic) a great deal to do to achieve true equality for everyone."
The creation of the Women and Equalities Committee is a historic step for equal rights. Although the government already has a legal obligation to uphold principles of equal rights, and there is an existing ministerial portfolio for women and equalities, previously there was no body dedicated to scrutinising it.
This is where the Women and Equalities Committee comes in. It will give MPs the power to set in motion inquiries into practices that exclude people on the grounds of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. And its remit is broad, covering age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The committee is keen to hear views on specific issues to be considered for inclusion in future inquiries, stating that it "welcomes ideas from everyone" and full details of how to submit your views will be announced in September 2015. You can submit a written submission to the transgender equality inquiry here.
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