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Our submissions

As part of our advocacy work, we will submit consultation responses wherever possible, using the lived experience and testimony of our service users. Here you will find links to our responses so you can see exactly what we are asking government and public bodies to do to advance the rights of trans young people in this country.

  • Toilet Provision For Men and Women: Call for Evidence

    Here are the key points we made in our submission to the Government’s inquiry:

    • Trans young people are not made to feel welcome, or even safe when using toilet facilities. It is unacceptable that any child should be made to feel this way.
    • All children, including those who are Trans, should be able to access the toilet that makes them feel respected and affirmed. We want a future whereby every young person can choose a toilet with freedom and autonomy; for some this would be a gender-neutral toilet and for others it would be a gender-specific toilet.
    • In order to ensure ‘everyone is served fairly’, and that everyone can feel comfortable using public toilet facilities, not only are gender-specific facilities in which trans people can feel safe in using vital, but gender-neutral facilities are also greatly necessary to ensure non-binary people’s experiences with toilet facilities are one of comfort.
    • We strongly advocate for toilet facilities where everyone can feel comfortable, and safe, and this means: fully private cubicles with ‘full’ doors, a larger proportion of cubicles over urinals, single-accessible toilets, if the premises allow it and sanitary bins in all toilet facilities.
    •  We urge the government, in their effort to ‘ensure that everyone is fairly served’ and that ‘different voices are heard’, to speak with trans, non-binary and gender-diverse young people directly.

    You can access a copy of our full response, which we submitted on the 29th January 2021, below:

    Toilet Provision Inquiry Submission – Mermaids – 2902021