Mayor calls for trans-gender services to be improved

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has called for an improvement to trans-gender services.

Sparkle Weekend, the world’s biggest trans celebration, was held in Sackville Gardens on July 8th and 9th.

Ahead of the weekend’s events, Mr Burnham talked of the need to improve services for trans people.

Mr Burnham said: “Hosting the fantastic Sparkle Weekend year-on-year is testament to our region’s progressive outlook and our commitment to equality and inclusivity.

“This weekend is all about having confidence to be yourself and I hope everyone taking part has a brilliant time.

“But I want to take the opportunity to raise some serious issues.

“Many trans people still face hate and abuse on a daily basis, and access to specialist services for trans people in Greater Manchester is sporadic and inconsistent.”

Mr Burnham also said he will provide a firm commitment to identify and work with the trans community to tackle inequalities they face.

In June, the Mayor helped to launch the Greater Manchester’s LGBT action plan.

The plan pinpoints four areas where action needs to be taken to improve the lives of Manchester’s LGBT residents.

Leadership, monitoring, services and visibility are the areas included.

The plan hopes to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the next five years.


Photo Credit: NHS Confederation

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