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There are a significant number of people whose gender identity does not match their gender at birth. A survey by the EHRC, published in 2012 found that at least 1% of the general population met the criteria for protection under the gender reassignment characteristic of the Equality Act 2010.
However, there are many more people, under the wider trans umbrella, who identify as non-binary, including a few who identify as non-gender. In 2014, research in the Netherlands found that approximately 5% of the general population is transgender; comprising 1% identifying as binary trans, plus an additional 4% identifying as non-binary trans.
Therefore, trans issues have significant implications for employers.
A proportion of these trans individuals will change their gender expression and possibly seek medical treatment whilst in employment. Many of these will not disclose their feelings and may choose not to express them in the workplace because they fear a transphobic reaction from their employers and co-workers.
This event brings together leading thinkers and experts to explore the key issues and challenges facing employers in relation to trans support in the workplace. This conference provides an opportunity to learn about the issues trans people face, the government’s approach to trans support and insights into initiatives leading employers have adopted to overcome barriers. It is an opportunity for Members to discuss their challenges and learn about other organisations and their industry’s approaches. The event will bring together 100 attendees from the private and public sectors.
The event is kindly hosted and organised in collaboration with IBM.
09.30 Welcome - Denise Keating, CEO, enei
09.35 Keynote speaker - Helen Belcher
10.00 UK Government’s update on trans actions - Oliver Entwistle, Head of the LGBT Policy Team, Government Equalities Office
10.30 HMRC – Trans support and myths - Sandra Quayle, Specialist Equality and Diversity Adviser, HMRC
10.50 Key messages for employers on trans support - Bernard Reed OBE & Terry Reed OBE -Trustees, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
11.30 Coffee and Break
11.50 How to support your trans employees better: Learn about practical examples that IBM are taking to support trans people at work - Deborah Richards, Diversity & Inclusion Leader UK & Ireland, IBM & Megan Walker UI Developer, IBM
12.25 Trans TIDE launch -Debbie Rotchell, Associate, enei
12.40 Closing speaker – call to action - Jacqui Gavin
13.00 Lunch and networking
There will be a £50 plus VAT admin charge for cancellations received less than 5 days prior to the event.