LGBT charity Stonewall is urging people to contact their MP and explain to them the importance of legal recognition for trans people.
The rallying call comes as a response to a recently published report by the Equality & Human Rights Commission which revealed that public attitudes to trans people are broadly positive.
Commenting, Stonewall’s chief executive officer, Nancy Kelley, said: “This data demonstrates yet again that the public ‘debate’ on trans rights and trans lives is not in line with public attitudes. The British public in general, and British women in particular, feel pretty positive about trans people. If our media coverage and social-media discussions simply reflected this reality, the lives of trans people would be immeasurably improved overnight. Instead of this, the drip, drip of negative and distorted media coverage may be manufacturing a creeping sense of discomfort around shared spaces.
“And secondly, it shows that we have a small but vocal group of people with extreme anti-trans views in Britain, and that should worry us all.
“The Government Equalities Office estimates that there are between 200,000 and 500,000 trans people in the UK, in a population of more than 66 million. We need to make sure our trans family, friends and neighbours feel safe and welcome, and we need to hold family and community members, leaders and journalists to account for how they engage with the trans community.
“If the majority of us simply sit by while the transphobic minority shout their harmful views from the rooftops, our warm feelings mean nothing, and we are part of a problem that is ruining trans folks lives.
“If you see people sharing misinformation about trans people, challenge it.
“Now is the time to act. If you’ve not done this already, call, email or meet with your MP and explain to them the importance of legal recognition for trans people. If you see people sharing misinformation about trans people, challenge it. And if you see abuse on social media, report it. We know that the public feel positively about trans people, now it’s time for trans people to feel it too.”
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