Scotland hosting UK's first Trans Justice Conference

HPIM0221.JPGThe Scottish Transgender Alliance will hold the UK's first Trans Justice Conference in Edinburgh today (March 13). The event will be attended by over 100 delegates, and will bring transgender people together with officials from the Scottish justice system. The conference will look at ways that transphobia can be tackled, with a focus on hate crime, workplace discrimination and the rights of transgender prisoners. The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, will deliver a speech at the conference. Nathan Gale, Project Development Officer at the Scottish Transgender Alliance, said: "We are delighted that the Lord Advocate and senior representatives of Scotland’s justice system are showing their commitment to transgender equality by supporting this conference. "Transgender people continue to face many difficulties in accessing justice and we hope that by highlighting these issues the justice sector will become more responsive to their needs and provide transgender people with the standard of service that all those engaging with the justice system deserve." The Lord Advocate added: "I am pleased to be speaking at this conference. Scotland has come a long way in tackling hate crime. "In 2009 new powers to tackle crimes of prejudice were made available to police and prosecutors making Scotland one of the first countries in Europe to have legislation in place that allowed us to protect victims of crimes targeted because of their transgender identity." He added that he is "committed" to working with the transgender community to ensure the criminal justice system serves them well. The conference will also provide the opportunity to discuss the prosecution of a transgender man for "sex by fraud" last year. The man was charged after failing to disclose his birth sex to sexual partners, but the incident has raised concerns over privacy. The Trans Justice Conference will also feature workshops by the Employment Tribunal Service and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. > Scotland legalises same-sex marriage > Glasgow 2014: Pride House to be set up for LGBT athletes