March 31 marks Trans Day of Visibility, an annual event that celebrates trans communities. It was first established in 2009 and while the LGBT Foundation writes that a lot of progress has been made since then, trans people are still fighting for acceptance and, in some case, for basic human rights – including here in the UK. With this in mind, the list below highlight medical, financial, and emotional wellbeing resources in the UK that may be helpful for people who identify as trans or for their loved ones.
In 2021, the UK census included the voluntary question "Is the gender you identify with the same as your sex registered at birth?" This was the first time that trans and non-binary people were able to express their gender identity on the government document and will be a first step in determining how many people in the Uk identify as trans. However, Stonewall has highlighted that, because this question has never been asked before, it will be a long time before we have a clear indication of how many trans people are living in the UK. Right now, Stonewall estimates that the figure is about 1% of the population – or 600,000 people.
Social media has meant that trans identities are now more visible than ever before. However, data published by Galop in 2020 found that 4 in 5 trans people had faced a form of transphobic hate crime, with 1 in 4 saying they had been physically attacked as a result of their identity.
Below are some organisations working to ensure that trans and non-binary people in the UK are supported.