Transphobic Discrimination

If you have been treated less favourably in other areas of your life because of your gender identity it is discrimination. Discrimination can take place anywhere, for example at school, in your place of work or when accessing goods, facilities and services.

You might have experienced direct discrimination, when someone intentionally victimises or discriminates against you because of your gender identity. Common examples of transphobic discrimination would be if you were refused access to goods, services or facilities appropriate to your gender identity, for example, being denied access to a changing room in a shop. Similarly, someone such as an employer or teacher refusing to acknowledge your gender identity or disclosing information about your gender history is discriminatory behaviour.
However, you might also have experienced indirect discrimination, when someone unknowingly sanctions behaviour or policy that discriminates against you because of your gender identity. For instance, single-sex, open plan changing facilities in a sports centre that do not allow for privacy may deter some trans people from using the centre. The fact that an individual or organisation is not aware of discriminating against you is not an excuse and reinforces the need to challenge the behaviour.

As with criminal law, different legislation applies depending on what and where the discrimination took place. For advice on where to get help with discrimination issues see Galop’s fact sheet Getting Help with Discrimination