“Over the years, I reckon in lost salary, seniority, and pension interruptions I have lost at least £250,000, just for being trans.” This is Jenny-Anne Bishop. Her life straddles seven decades, from the days before medical transition was possible to an era of supposed legal protection for transgender people. Her experiences in employment – of sackings and bullying – might almost be expected 20 years ago. But they are not what life is supposed to be like for trans people in Britain today. This is because, six years ago, something extraordinary happened.
Finally, after generations of discrimination, of being fired, mocked by colleagues, or rejected at interview, trans people saw a new law introduced in Britain that promised to change life for them at work: the Equality Act 2010.