SoR to tackle transgender issues
A moving speech from Ross Baxter-McGhee from Scotland at ADC 2015 brought the issue of the treatment of transgender patients and staff into the spotlight.
Ross evoked the tragic story of Leelah Alcorn, a 17 year old transgender person who took her life last year after becoming isolated by her family due to her gender identity.
Ross spoke to a motion that called upon the SoR to release guidance to reps on supporting transgender colleagues and how patients should be clinically managed and supported.
He said: “In our working lives, we will undoubtedly meet a transgendered person at some point, whether they be a colleague or patient.”
Ross recalled how he had witnessed transphobia in the workplace as a student, saying that staff treated one patient “like she was a fairground attraction”.
He also described when he was training for his TUC Health and Safety certificate, one of his fellow students made disparaging remarks about a transgender woman he worked alongside, saying she “gave him the creeps”.
“This man was her trade union representative. If she needed any help, she would need to seek it from a man who found her creepy and weird simply for being who she was. Society cannot continue this way, we must educate,” Ross said.
The motion was carried.