For those who were asking, here’s my LIVE interview on BBC News about why there is an 81% increase in transphobic hate crime being reported.

No one should be persecuted based on their gender identity or gender expression. Hostility towards trans people is on the rise. It’s not a surprise this is happening. From these numbers, it’s clear that the UK has a serious problem with transphobia that urgently needs addressing.

This is partly facilitated through the media, which has been particularly hostile in the UK. Trans people are regularly framed as a danger or a threat to the wider population, similar to the climate around Section 28, where gay people were seen as a threat.

This has a knock on effect on public perceptions and increases the chance of violent action against trans people, particularly those who may be at the start of their transition, those who may not or may never have ‘passing privilege’ or are gender non conforming.

We should be creating a society where there is room for all of us regardless of our gender identity and expression.