Inequality in Goods, Facilities and Services

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2008 National LGBT Conference
16 July 2008

Conference is concerned that there remains inequality in the provision of goods, facilities and services to Transgender members especially in the case of medical treatment.

Looking at Wales as an example, last year, this conference heard how the Health Commission Wales (HCW), a body of the Welsh Assembly set up to fund specialist services in Wales, was only granting funding for gender reassignment surgery in ‘exceptional circumstances’. However, this year, there was a public announcement from the Welsh Equality Minister that the HCW should be disbanded as they do not meet the needs of Wales.

It is still unknown about the position that many transgender people find themselves in, some are not even aware that there is no funding, whilst others are in the midst of treatment and appointments have suddenly stopped with no future date planned. This treatment of our transgender colleagues is unacceptable and could present serious consequences with regard to emotional issues or even employment.

Conference fully believes that there should be equal access to services regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The provision of services is very inadequate and managed badly and needs to change.

Conference requests the National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee to pursue this matter with the National Executive Council (NEC) and National Service Group Executives to put an end to inequality in services, especially medical services for LGBT members.

Conference also asks the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Approach the Welsh Assembly Government, Health Commission Wales and other similar bodies across the United Kingdom and request a clarification of the status of Gender Reassignment Surgery and the provision of services to transgender people;

2.Report back to National LGBT Conference 2009.