The Census 2001 shows the gender spit in Blackpool to be 48% male and 52% female. These figures reflect the county, regional and country positions with females slightly outnumbering males. There is no census data for the numbers of transsexual people in the UK.
The Equality Act 2010, places duties on all public authorities to promote gender equality. This means making things fairer for women, men and people who have changed gender.
Blackpool Council published its first Gender Equality Scheme in 2007. We now have a Single Equality Scheme which is part of an overarching corporate equality and diversity policy and delivery plan. The purpose of this Scheme is to take forward our statutory duties under the Equalities Act 2010 to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment and to promote equality of opportunity between women and men.
The Equality Act 2010 also explicitly prohibits discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy, maternity and/or breastfeeding. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 - The purpose of the Act is to provide transsexual people with legal recognition in their acquired gender.
Access the Acts at www.legislation.gov.ukFurther information can also be found at the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.