Southsea MP calls for an end to ‘transphobia’

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Flick Drummond has called for better treatment of transgender people following a hard-hitting report on the subject from a parliamentary committee she was part of.

The Women and Equalities Committee challenged the government to ensure fair and equal treatment for transgender people.

It made more than 30 recommendations and said ministers need to take action to ensure full equality for transgender people, provide tougher protection from discrimination, better services across the board and a commitment to international best practice.

The committee found there was still widespread transphobia.

Mrs Drummond said: ‘Britain really does need to move on from this widespread transphobia which has echoes of homophobia from decades past, which was very successfully tackled by government and society.

‘But it’s clear from some of the quite heart-breaking evidence I heard while on the committee that we have a very long way to go if this country is going to start to treat transgender people equally and with compassion, not with discrimination and hostility.’