Gender reassignment is a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act; this includes anyone who has proposed, started, or completed a process to change their gender role.
It is estimated that 1% of the UK is gender variant to a significant degree. About one fifth of them may undergo a change of gender role, amounting potentially to 130,000 people. So far, few have made that change, perhaps 20,000. But the number of people now doing so is growing at 20% per annum and even more rapidly among those aged 18 or less. Roughly equal proportions of the people now making the change were assigned as female or male at birth.
Trans status, your gender identity, is different from sexual orientation. However the forms of prejudice and discrimination directed against trans people can be very similar to those directed against lesbian, gay, or bisexual people. Historically the two communities have coexisted and supported each other. As a result, action and support groups often include both sexual orientation and trans status. In the College, Imperial 600 was established in 2006 to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans staff.
The College has developed a trans staff policy and a range of resources.
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) have developed a free e-learning resource on transgender issues. The College has worked with GIRES to develop our Trans staff policy.
The Equality Challenge Unit has developed guidance for higher education institutions to help them provide effective support for staff and students: Trans staff and students in HE and colleges (pdf).