Disney, Microsoft and Aviva among 103 organisations to stand up for trans equality, urging the UK Government to make progress
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
Today, Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay bi and trans equality charity, announced that 103 major UK companies have come together in a show of support for trans communities.
Aviva, BP, CITI, Disney, Expedia, Microsoft, Sky and DIVA Magazine join 96 other UK employers who have added their names to a public statement to say trans rights are human rights, and highlight their support for trans colleagues, employees and customers. Each of the participating companies will also be posting messages of solidarity with trans people across their social media platforms throughout the day.
The collective of businesses from a wide range of sectors represent a growing group of leading employers who are speaking up for trans equality in the UK.
Many of these organisations (70) have also written to the Prime Minister directly to call on the Government to honour its commitment to protect trans people’s rights and reform the Gender Recognition Act.
To mark the occasion, one of the organisers, Bobbi Pickard, has also released a special YouTube cover of Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac. The video features the names of the organisations that have signed, as well as messages of support from the LGBTQI community and its allies.
Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “We’re proud of all the business leaders who today are ‘coming out’ for trans equality. All these companies are sending a powerful message to trans communities that leading businesses have their backs. Across the UK, corporate leaders are speaking up because they care about protecting and supporting their trans colleagues, customers, friends and family.
“At a time when trans rights feel increasingly under threat, the diversity of all these businesses taking part today shows there is a wealth of support for trans people at the most senior levels of British industrial and cultural life. But we can’t be complacent. If we want to live in a world where every trans person can be themselves, each of us must use our voice to challenge transphobia and take action to create more inclusive communities.”
A full list of the companies that have signed can be found here.