During the past decade, transgender issues have become a major component
of diversity programmes throughout the public service sector. Their
present prominence results from continuing rapid growth in the number
of transgender people who reveal their gender variance, and substantial
strengthening in the laws that support and protect them.
Despite the enactment of supportive legislation, transgender people
continue to experience widespread discrimination in the educational environment,
in the workplace and in society and they are often the victims of transphobic
bullying and crime. Bullying, that is not dealt with promptly and
effectively can escalate into criminality. As part of its crime reduction programme,
the Home Office and GIRES have provided this toolkit to help schools meet
their obligation to combat transphobic bullying.