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The House Of Commons Is Holding Its First Inquiry Into Transgender Equality

The new women and equalities committee is urging trans people to share their experiences.

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The newly formed women and equalities committee will look at the obstacles facing transgender people in everyday life.

Its chair, Tory MP and former equalities minister Maria Miller, called on people to share their experiences. "Many trans people still face discrimination and unfair treatment in their work, schools, healthcare and other important services," she said.

"Transphobia and hate crimes are a cruel reminder that we have still have a great deal to do to achieve true equality for everyone. I hope that trans people will feel able to share their experiences with our inquiry, so that the committee can make recommendations for improving people's lives."

Written evidence can be submitted here before 21 August, and evidence sessions will be held in the House of Commons from September.

The cross-party committee will look at the language used to define trans people and how they are treated in schools and in the workplace. It will also examine how trans people are portrayed in the media, access to gender reassignment treatment on the NHS, and health services for trans youth.

The inquiry – the first of its kind in the UK – comes after Emily Brothers became the first parliamentary candidate to reveal she was transgender.

Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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