For the first time in the UK, a 28-page guide has been published with practical tips, guidance, and resources dedicated to supporting the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) trans population of Britain.
‘Inclusivity – Supporting BAME Trans People’ has been produced by the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES). It is a response to what they describe as a “trans tidal wave” crossing Britain, meaning we are seeing more trans people in the media than ever before. This has had an impact on the demand for support for trans people, which is also higher than ever.
The trans community, like any other, is made up of many different groups, with differing voices and needs. GIRES wants to highlight how many BME trans people are pushed to the margins as a “minority within a minority”, meaning that the voices that dominate are the voices of white trans people, speaking of experiences that the BME population may not necessarily relate to. This has the knock-on effect of services not hearing and responding to the needs of BME trans people.
‘Inclusivity’ takes an intersectional approach, understanding that identities are complex and layered. It acknowledges that BME trans people do have different experiences due to culture and faith. It aims to help you find answers to questions such as:
- Why are there no or few BAME trans people in my group?
- Why are there no or few BAME volunteers or workers in my organisation?
- How can I support a BAME trans person who attends my group?
"We are proud to support this important initiative,” say GIRES. “We have been delighted to hear BAME trans people now giving voice to their special concerns, with ever greater confidence. Wide circulation of this important document will provide BAME trans people with a different way to convey their concerns to all policy makers, employers and service providers, as well as to families and support groups. We encourage everyone to listen.”
You can download a free copy of the report here.