A POLICY welcoming trans people into women's spaces and sport sessions in Glasgow has led to zero complaints since its implementation.

Last month it was claimed by campaigners guidance to Glasgow Life staff was "extremely alarming" and was "wide open to abuse from sexual predators".

A document to staff in 2016 allows trans people to use changing and showering facilities appropriate to their chosen gender, "even when they may not have completed their gender reassignment or have opted for a social transition".

This includes those who have not "undergone any specific treatment or surgery" to change from their birth sex to their preferred gender.

Figures revealed today show no women have reported any issues with trans individuals over the past three years and half years.

A freedom of information response shows more than 1,000 women's only sessions have been held in leisure centres since January 2016 without a single complaint being made by women about trans women, cross-dressers or people of other genders.

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Meanwhile, over the same period verbal abuse towards a trans individual within sports facilities was reported to staff.

Likewise, Glasgow Life have said over 20 million visits have been made to the city's sports facilities without any women raising concerns about "people of other genders" being present in changing facilities.

Vic Valentine, policy officer for the Scottish Trans Alliance, added: "This information appears to confirm Glasgow Life’s policy of welcoming trans people to use spaces and sessions best match their gender identity has not caused any problems.

"We believe well-run services can and should be trans inclusive."

This feeling is echoed by Scotland's feminist membership organisation, Engender, who say the figures show women are not concerned by trans-inclusive spaces.

Alys Mumford, Engender's communications and engagement manager, said: "Women’s spaces are vitally important, whether in sports, politics, or other spheres of life.

"We don’t see any reason for women’s equality and rights to be in conflict with trans equality and rights and the data published today seems to suggest Glasgow Life’s trans-inclusion policy has not been a cause for concern for women using their facilities.

"We’re pleased to see, according to this data, changing room policies and women’s only sessions aren’t contributing to women’s exclusion from sports.”

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The number of women's only sessions at Glasgow Life has steadily increased in recent years, from nine per fortnight in 2016 to 15 every two weeks so far in 2019, with a total of 1,005 held since the guidance was issued to staff.

While there have been no complaints in relation to trans people, objections to women-only sessions being run have been recorded twice, along with poor advertisement of the sessions and "staff attitudes to women-only swimming".

A spokeswoman for Glasgow Life said: “We will continue to work to break down any barriers to access across our services and facilities, while ensuring everyone can take part while feeling safe and secure.”

Despite a lack of complaints, some online campaigners who raised concerns have dismissed the figures.

Representatives from the group Forwomen.scot said they were "astonished" by the statistics, adding: "We know for a fact there have been several complaints about the policy."

Susan Sinclair, who tweets as Scottish Women, added: "The best way to measure whether or not women are concerned about women only spaces and services being inclusive isn’t to go by the number of complaints they’ve received.

"If providers of single sex services really want to know whether or not women and girls feel safe around trans individuals then they should ask them.

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"They now need to ask themselves why women would want women only sessions and then reconcile against their own trans inclusive policy."