Transgender people are those who wish to live as a member of the opposite gender to that to which they were assigned (a condition known medically as gender dysphoria).
They are thought to represent between about one in 5,000 and one in 10,000 of the total population.
In recent years, new legislation has recognised the stigma, prejudice and discrimination that trans people often suffer, and established clear legal rights for transgender people.
Our policy is to campaign for equal treatment for all workers, and the rights of trans workers have been specifically recognised within PCS's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network and national committee, PCS Proud. Proud has an elected trans rep on the committee.
The basis of a trade union approach is that all trans workers (regardless of whether they have decided to go through the process of medical reassignment, and regardless therefore of their formal legal standing) should be treated with equal respect.
Guidance for representatives about transgender issues in the workplace (along with definitions and other useful information) is available as part of our LGBT toolkit.