Gender identity is something most people take for granted but for Trans gender people this is not the case at all. There are lots of issues associated with Trans gender and as with most things the more you know the easier it is understand and should it be necessary deal with issues in a way that avoids discrimination.
There are important acts that make it unlawful for providers of goods, facilities and services to discriminate against or harass people on grounds of gender reassignment. Discrimination on grounds of gender reassignment is like any other form of discrimination and should be eliminated where ever possible. Employers, educators and any one who comes in to contact with Trans gender people should be aware that regulations exist that make it a corporate responsibility to combat discrimination and harassment of Trans people in employment and vocational training.
When a person begins gender transition, the first step for them is to change their name and relevant documentation and to begin living full-time in their acquired gender - this is known as the 'real-life experience'. Living full-time in a new gender means that the Trans person needs to live as anyone else would in that gender. This is often a stressful time for a Trans person. They will probably have to deal with their family and partner/spouse coming to terms with their new role. It is usually the point at which Trans people are at their most vulnerable to prejudice and discrimination. This is not an easy issue to deal with for any one but the more it is recognised the more likely it is that it will be dealt with effectively for all concerned.