This year has been a pivotal one for transgender people in this country, whether it's because of the Caitlyn Jenner's highly-publicised transition, the political inquiry or Stonewall's momentous decision to support transgender community.
"Although there is a growing awareness of gender fluidity and transgenderism, the reality is that life for a trans person can still be extremely tough," says Rebecca Root, star of the BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl.
The trans community - including some of the most vulnerable people in society - has to appeal to the "basic human decency" that we all share when looking for acceptance, Root says in a BBC video.
"Because for many transgender people, accepting who they are within themselves is often just the beginning of a very difficult journey."
HuffPost UK has been championing the people - both trans and not trans - who are speaking out, through our TransBritain series this week. These stark stats show why their voices must so urgently be heard.
- MPs Hear Harrowing Story Of Prisoner Who Injected Her Testicles With Bleach
- We Asked Transgender People Everything You've Always Wanted To
- Being 'F***ed' By Britain's Media Hasn't Stopped Fox Fisher Pushing Them To Change
- Majority Of Brits Would Support Their Children If They Wanted To Change Sex
- Poll Highlights Government's 'Bonkers' Treatment Of Transgender Prisoners
Useful websites and helplines:
- The Gender Trust supports anyone affected by gender identity | 01527 894 838
- Mermaids offers information, support, friendship and shared experiences for young people with gender identity issues | 0208 1234819
- LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for LGBT people in Scotland. Text 07786 202 370
- Gires provides information for trans people, their families and professionals who care for them | 01372 801554
- Depend provides support, advice and information for anyone who knows, or is related to, a transsexual person in the UK