East End Phoenix Statement on the Gender Recognition Act Reforms
At East End Phoenix we pride ourselves on being an inclusive football club. That means, not only that we promote diversity and inclusion on the football pitch, but that we also stand up for those in our community who continue to face discrimination and exclusion.
East End Phoenix FC stands in solidarity with trans people throughout the country and calls for the government to ensure that trans people are not marginalised but are able to live their lives as the people they are, free from exclusion and harmful discrimination.
We know the appalling statistics. Almost half (48 per cent) of trans people in Britain have attempted to take their lives at least once; 84 per cent have thought about it.More than four in five (83 per cent) trans young people have experienced name-calling or verbal abuse; three in five (60 per cent) have experienced threats and intimidation; and more than a third (35 per cent) of trans young people have experienced physical assault.
The government’s decision to roll back on it’s proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act will fail to make the lives of trans people in the UK easier. We believe that this choice is inconsistent with the values of diversity and inclusion that the UK should strive for. Trans people deserve better than to be used as a political football and to have their identity continually questioned and interrogated.
East End Phoenix FC will continue to offer inclusive and welcoming opportunities for everyone and will continue to celebrate diversity in all of its wonderful forms.
East End Phoenix FC Committee