This section provides advice on transphobia and transphobic hate crime. It provides some suggestions on how you can get help if you experience transphobia. Galop supports all people who experience transphobia, regardless of sexual orientation. You can contact us on our helpline if you would like help or advice. Where we talk about the law, […]
People’s gender identities and expressions are naturally diverse, however, in the UK; gender is often understood to be binary.
Sometimes it’s really obvious when someone is being transphobic towards you, for example if there is physical violence or an easily identifiable insult. But other time’s it’s less clear.
There is no one specific offence in law of transphobia, instead, transphobia is dealt with by lots of different laws.
We’ve written a few examples below. Treat them as a guide but remember they’re not exhaustive
If you have been treated less favourably in other areas of your life because of your gender identity it is discrimination.
A Gender Recognition Certificate automatically leads to a new birth certificate in the acquired gender and allows greater legal recognition, such as the right to marry.
You might have already contacted the police because you’ve experienced a transphobic incident. Or there could have been another reason, such as reporting a crime, being stopped by the police or other unwanted or unasked for contact.
If you do experience transphobia it should be your decision of what to do following an incident.
There are a number of options available if you decide to get advice or support.