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Report on equal treatment of transgender people on public transport

By Jan Christiaens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
At the March 2012 CIVITAS training workshop on social inclusion a new report was presented concerning the equal treatment of transgender people as public transport users and staff.
One of the presenters at the CIVITAS training workshop in Coimbra, Portugal, concluded his presentation by saying: “More needs to be done to understand the mobility issues faced by marginalised groups.” A European NGO representing a marginalised group responded to this call by presenting a position paper about transgender people’s experiences of using sustainable modes of transport.

The paper referred to an EU-wide survey which revealed that almost 80% of transgender people have reported some form of harassment in public spaces and 43% feel less well-treated in the street. The survey was conducted by Transgender Europe (TGEU), which is an international umbrella organisation of 38 member groups from 23 countries. In less than a month, a large number of online responses were collected for the survey: 9 case studies for walking, 1 for cycling, 32 for public transport and 3 for car/taxi use.

Sustainable forms of mobility provide the greatest number of opportunities for personal encounters and social interactions, but in the same way they may also present the greatest threat to the personal safety and dignity of disadvantaged groups, such as transgender people.

The TGEU statement was prepared for the attention of those in charge of mobility management in European cities and towns. The paper gives a general overview of the situation of transgender people in Europe, reviews the survey’s key findings, presents best practices (e.g. the UK’s “Transgender Action Plan” or the CIVITAS Initiative) and concludes with a set of recommendations.

Source: Transgender Europe
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