Trans people are also twice as likely to be a victim of a hate crime as other members of the LGBT+ community. The figures are equally as disheartening among children and young people. More than a quarter of all young trans people (27 per cent) have attempted to commit suicide, and nine in ten (89 per cent) have considered suicide. 72 per cent have self-harmed at least once.
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However, a number of charities and organisations, accompanied by some great role models and activists, are working tirelessly to combat the fear-mongering narrative perpetuated by the media.
One charity that works tirelessly to help transgender children and young people is Mermaids. Established in 1995, Mermaids provides invaluable support to young transgender people and their families. It campaigns tirelessly to raise awareness around gender non-conformity in young people, as well as lobbying for improvements in professional services.
Director, actor and trans activist Jake Graf is one of the charity's patrons, and he explains why their work is so important:
The absolute magic of a charity like Mermaids is immeasurable: that it allows trans and gender non-conforming children to feel at ease, understood and far from alone at such a young age is surely life changing.
Whatever isolation they and their families may have been feeling soon melts away, as strangers become allies and friends, and suddenly being trans doesn't seem quite so challenging.
Another organisation working to improve the representation and lives of transgender people in the UK is GIDS (the Gender Identity Development Service). Supported by the Tavistock and Portman trust, GIDS provides support for young people and their families who experience difficulties in their gender development.
Dr Polly Carmichael, Gender Identity Development Service Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologist, said:
There is no single explanation for the increase in referral figures, but we do know in recent years that there has been significant progress towards the acceptance and recognition of transgender and gender diverse people in our society.
Another key force fighting the right wing attacks on the transgender community is the tireless work of activists themselves, who fight day in and day out to challenge the status quo.
Activists and transgender people such as Jake Graf, Monroe Bergdorf, Hannah Winterborne, Lily Madigan, and Shon Fey all use their platforms to chip away at the negative propaganda.
Despite being subject to a barrage of abuse on social media platforms like Twitter, and some even reporting the receipt of death threats, their high-profile presence ploughs the furrow for younger gender non-conforming people, and gives them role models.
For Jake, one of the most important thing is that the cisgender community can do to support transgender rights is to get on board and support the transgender cause. Speaking to indy100, he said:
Now more than ever, allies' support is vital as there are too few of us to always make our voices heard