Green Party calls for more support for trans rights

Monday November 20 2017

Green Party spokesperson Malachai O’Hara has called for more support for the trans community as the party marks International Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The North Belfast representative noted a recent Stonewall survey of transgender people in UK schools and colleges in which 84% said they had self-harmed and 45% had tried to take their own lives.

“The stark figures that we’re seeing underline how hostile a place the UK and in particular Northern Ireland can be for transgender people. As trans groups become more visible, there is an inevitable backlash causing untold damage to already vulnerable people,” he said.

“There are fantastic grassroots groups working hard on the ground and we would encourage anyone struggling with their or a family member’s gender identity to reach out and access support. We also call on government and public agencies to be more proactive and to review how their activities can better support trans people and their families.

“In the last Assembly, we lodged a private member’s motion calling for Gender Recognition Review and we stood Ireland’s first ever trans candidate. We say that trans rights are human rights and we will stand behind and beside trans people in their struggle for equality,” Mr O’Hara said.

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Linda Stewart

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