Transgender services ‘must improve’ says mayor

TRANS-gender services across Greater Manchester must improve says Andy Burnham.

The GM Mayor was speaking ahead of Sparkle Weekend, an annual trans celebration, which took place Saturday and Sunday in Sackville Gardens.

Mr Burnham said: “This weekend is all about having the confidence to be yourself and I hope everyone taking part has a brilliant time.

“But I want to take the opportunity to raise some serious issues. Many trans people still face hate and abuse on a daily basis, and access to specialist services for trans people in Greater Manchester is sporadic and inconsistent.

“Many people are facing long waiting times and need to travel far from home. This was highlighted in the LGBT Foundation’s recent Transforming Outcomes report which set out clear recommendations for making improvements.”

Mr Burnham made a ‘firm commitment’ to tackles these issues.