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Statement regarding Equal Access to Sport facilities

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Statement regarding Equal Access to Sport facilities

Our facilities provide a safe and welcoming environment for all of our customers to take part in sport and physical activity.

Glasgow Life’s staff guidance on accessing sports facilities and services by transgender people was produced and distributed in 2015. Since then, we have had more than 20 million attendances across our sport facilities and no reports of inappropriate behaviour in regard to trans customers. Trans men and trans women have been using our facilities for many years without incident.

Contrary to reports, Glasgow Life does not run any ‘women only gym sessions’ – our gym sessions and classes are open to all, regardless of gender. Glasgow Life operates 11 swimming pools, with the vast majority of sessions open to everyone, regardless of gender. One pool, North Woodside, has two women only swimming sessions per week. Our venues provide a mix of changing room facilities. A significant proportion of our changing facilities are unisex and open to all, with secure, private cubicles. Where facilities have male and female changing facilities, private cubicles are provided, where possible. Our staff are happy to assist with any requests in regard to provision of private changing facilities. If anyone, at any time, feels unsure or uncomfortable in using our services, they should immediately contact a member of staff for assistance.

Our guidance to staff with regard to how to engage with trans customers is published in full on the Glasgow Life website: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/media/4196/sports-transgender-policy.pdf

It includes the following:

The Equality Act (2010) which is the current legislation in relation to equalities both in the UK and Scotland protects the rights of transgender people. Under this legislation, trans people can use changing and showering facilities appropriate to their chosen gender, even when they may not have completed their gender reassignment or have opted for a social transition.

Glasgow Life’s policy reflects changes to legislation including the Equality Act 2010. Guidance on application of the legislation is available from the Equality and Human Rights Commission. You can find information here: https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/gender-reassignment-discrimination

It includes the following:

The Equality Act 2010 says that … To be protected from gender reassignment discrimination, you do not need to have undergone any specific treatment or surgery to change from your birth sex to your preferred gender. This is because changing your physiological or other gender attributes is a personal process rather than a medical one.

You can be at any stage in the transition process – from proposing to reassign your gender, to undergoing a process to reassign your gender, or having completed it.  

Glasgow Life’s position reflects legal requirements and our duty to provide barrier free access to sport and physical activity for all. Equality is at the very core of everything we do. We will continue to work to break down any barriers to access across our services and facilities, while ensuring that everyone can take part while feeling safe and secure.