Equality and Diversity

Gender Reassignment

Information and advice on gender re-assignment, one of the 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act where discrimination is unlawful.

Gender reassignment - the process of transitioning from one gender to another.


What is Transitioning

 Transitioning is a term to describe the process takes to live in the gender they identify as.

What is Transgender

What does Transgender mean.  Transgender is an umbrella term for a person/people whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth. “Trans” is sometimes used as shorthand for “transgender.” While transgender is generally a good term to use, not everyone whose appearance or behavior is gender-nonconforming will identify as a transgender person.


Transgender Man (trans man or FTM) Assigned female at birth but identify and live as men. May be prefer to be called men, but best to ask individual preference.
Transgender Woman (trans woman or MTF) Assigned male at birth but identify and live as women. May be prefer to be called women, but best to ask individual preference.
Transexual Preferred by some who have transitioned, but prefer to be known as transgender, but best to ask individual preference.  Many see this term as outdated.
Gender Dysphoria A clinical diagnosis for someone who doesn't feel comfortbale with their gender assigned at birth. However, not everyone who wishes to transition has /or is experiencing gender dysphoria.
Non-Binary For people whose gender identities do not fit into the gender of male or female. The may consider themselves fo be neither male or female, or sometimes male and sometimes female.

Internal publications

Trans Equality Policy

Terminology Glossary

A glossary of key trans-related terminology can be found on the Stonewall Scotland website at:




A Short Guide to Sharing Pronouns for Trans Allies

Further External Organisations and Publications