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Eight things you should know…

It may feel that the world is getting more progressive when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues. Most people certainly have an opinion, that’s for sure!

2019 saw 331 recorded killings of trans and gender-diverse people, according to Trans Respect Versus Transphobia Worldwide. Some people judge what they don’t understand so this might help educate.

What’s in their pants is none of your business

Just as you wouldn’t ask a cis person what their genitals look like, you should never ask a trans person what they have ‘down there’. Nor should you ask if they’ve had surgery.

You can’t tell if someone is  transgender  by looking at them

Men and women come in all different shapes and sizes, and how someone dresses does not necessarily dictate their gender identity

You don’t know their story

Never make assumptions about someone’s story. Don’t assume they’ve had a difficult time trying to gain acceptance; that they’ve showed signs of being trans since they were a child; that they want/have had surgery or hormone treatments; or that they started out as a gay cis person before they realised they were trans.

Try to just accept

While a lot of trans people are comfortable with the ‘trans’ label, the fact is most trans people would just like to be seen as the gender they identify with.

Someone can identify as  transgender no matter what  stage of their transition

The term ‘transgender’ refers to anyone who does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender reassignment surgery is not a prerequisite for being transgender.

Gender identity and sexual  orientation are different things

There seems to be this misconception that trans people start out as identifying as gay, and when they transitioned, they identify as straight. A person’s gender identity does not dictate their sexual orientation. For example, there are plenty of gay men and women out there who also happen to be trans.

Ways to live more sustainably

Every day we make choices in our lives that affect the environment. From what we eat to how many children we decide to have, there’s a lot we can do improve.

Think twice before shopping

Every product we purchase has an environmental footprint, from the materials used to create it, to the pollution emitted during manufacturing, to the packaging that ends up in landfills. So, before you buy, ask yourself if you really need it and look for minimal packaging and shipping. For example, if you are buying wine have a look at British company, which uses the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe, has a sophisticated waste disposal facility and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power. 

Make sure your big purchases have big environmental benefits

Not everyone can run out and trade in their old gas-guzzling clunker for the latest planet-friendly hybrid car. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing; manufacturing new cars takes a lot of resources, too. But if you’re in the market for a new car, look for a fuel-efficient model. If you’re buying a new refrigerator, washer or dryer, look for the Energy Star label to find the most efficient appliances. Need a new water heater? Consider upgrading to solar.

Boycott products that endanger wildlife

Products made from animals on the endangered species list are illegal to buy, sell, import or trade. Some products harm endangered species by threatening their habitat, from cutting down old-growth forests to using up the water that riparian species need to survive. To avoid contributing to the endangerment of wildlife, shop conscientiously and look for products made from sustainable materials like bamboo, and dine at restaurants that refuse to serve imperilled species like bluefin tuna. Try Waterside restaurant in Saltaire. 

Pay attention to labels

Choose Fairtrade-certified goods when possible, to support companies dedicated to sustainable production and paying labourers a fair wage. Buy organic food whenever you can; it may cost a little more, but it keeps harmful pesticides out of our land and water, protecting farm workers, wildlife and your family.

Green your home

Make sure your home has adequate insulation and energy-saving windows, and use a programmable thermostat for more efficient heating and cooling – and, of course, energy-saving lightbulbs for more efficient lighting.

Take extinction off your plate

Meat production is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet, responsible for massive amounts of water use, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and habitat destruction. You have three chances a day to improve the health of the planet – by reducing your meat consumption you can reduce your environmental footprint.


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