Ken develops policies for London trans ppl


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11:30 am - March 13th 2012

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More than a year ago, at an LGB&T Labour London meeting I asked Ken Livingstone what he would do for the growing trans community in London.

He answered much more honestly than I expected from any politician. He said he didn’t know much about trans issues but was willing to listen and learn.

I expected to hear nothing more of it but a few weeks ago I was contacted by one of his aides and asked, along with other trans people, to tell him the sorts of things we would like to see in his manifesto.

Of course many of his policies will benefit everyone, whether they are trans or not, like his promise to cut public transport fares, campaigning for equal marriage and his promises on law and order.

However there are some trans-specific ones, which will be in his Trans Action Plan for London.

» Most importantly, it will try to mitigate the worst effects of the government’s disastrous NHS privatization. Local commissioning makes the postcode lottery much worse, hitting trans people hard. In order to try and prevent this from happening he will instigate a monitoring system to keep an eye on trans health services and commissioning in London.

» A focus on housing will try and reduce the discrimination trans people face when trying to find accommodation, and policies to make sure trans people are included in diversity training for a range of professionals in London including the police and teachers.

» He will also expect companies doing business with the Greater London Authority to have proper trans-inclusive equality practices. A trans-inclusive charter mark for businesses in London is something will be explored, as will support for trans and LGB&T businesses.

» Ken has said he will not only invite trans people to hold the Trans Day of Remembrance at City Hall but would like to hold a more positive celebration of trans people as well.

He will also make sure that the significant contribution the GLA makes to London Pride is used to hold them to account and become properly inclusive of trans people.

Of course there are limits to the Mayor of London’s powers but it will be good to have him prepared to work to the maximum extent of these rather than the minimum, which is what we currently have.

Trans people experience a great deal of job insecurity, unemployment and other problems associated with their identities, even including what might appear to be minor things such as dealing with the Post Office.

The experience has shown me that Ken Livingstone is genuine about being the most trans-supportive politician this country has ever seen.

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“Most importantly, it will try to mitigate the worst effects of the government’s disastrous NHS privatization. Local commissioning makes the postcode lottery much worse”

If he’s going to formulate a trans policy, it helps if he knows what he’s talking about. Gender identity services will be commissioned centrally under the Health and Social Care Bill changes. The Department of Health has already invited a number of trans people to a meeting to discuss the contents of a new national commissioning policy. This has been done to death in the development of the government transgender action plan, and it’s something which anyone informed enough to be developing a transgender policy SHOULD know.

Unimpressive.

2. Chaise Guevara

@ 1 Sarah

Just to check, will “gender identity services” include things like operations? It’s possible that the government is centralising some trans-related services but putting others under a different heading.

He will also expect companies doing business with the Greater London Authority to have proper trans-inclusive equality practices. A trans-inclusive charter mark for businesses in London is something will be explored, as will support for trans and LGB&T businesses.

How will this differ in practical effect from the current requirements for businesses to have clear equality practices – not sure if they specifically include trans, but they certainly do not allow discrimination by gender, which by any reasonable definition would cover trans?

All in all, this looks like a bid for a voting block, based on one aspect of identity (you are trans – you should vote for Ken…) rather than anything particularly useful. I’d suggest you’d be better off voting for a candidate that does not try and class you by a single label, but rather one who you agree with across a range of issues (which may of course be Mr Livingstone).


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