A person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment if the person is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex.
Under the Equality Act 2010, Trans people cannot be directly or indirectly discriminated against, nor can they be harassed.
Gender Reassignment is not one of the protected characteristics covered under Section 75 of the NI Act. However according to the Equality Commission, Sex discrimination law protects you from direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation if you are planning to undergo, are undergoing or have undergone gender reassignment. The Gender Reassignment Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 amends the SDO to make it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of gender reassignment (sex change) in employment and training.
The Gender Recognition Act (2004) provides transsexual people with legal recognition in their acquired gender, subject to some specified exceptions.
Please see the publications section for the Sport Councils Equality Group guidelines for developing a trans policy for domestic and international competition.
The guidelines for international competition have been superseded by recent changes to the IOC guidelines. You can find the IOC guidelines by following this link. The Sport Councils Equality Group are reviewing their guidelines for international competition and will be updating these alongside adding more resources to this section of the website. Please contact your sport council for more detail or advice if required.
Online Training – Trans Issues
The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) have developed a free e learning resource on transgender issues. The research was designed with local authorities in mind, which makes it particularly helpful as one of the key examples is about a sports facility. This training is highly recommended for everybody working in sport, it only takes a short time to complete and will really help you to understand the issues affecting trans people in the UK.
House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee Transgender Equality First Report of Session 2015–16
PDF, 729.04 KB, 98 Pages
Transsexual People – Eligibility to Compete in Domestic Competition
PDF, 1.61 MB, 1 page
Transsexual People – Eligibility to Compete in International Competition
PDF, 1.44 MB, 1 page
Transgender and Intersex sports provision at the University of Cambridge
PDF, 1.14 MB, 1 page
European Union lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender survey: Results at a glance. European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 17 May 2013 (36 pages)
PDF, 1.26 MB, 1 page
Transexual People and competitive sport guidance for national govering bodies of sport
PDF, 4.06 MB, 37 pages