LGBT Foundation's response to the Transgender Equality Inquiry report
Published: 15 January 2016 Tags: Transgender Equality Inquiry, Women, Equalities, Select Commission, Report By John Walding
At LGBT Foundation, we have taken some time to carefully consider the points and recommendations made in the Transgender Equality Inquiry report by the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee. This report was highly anticipated by many groups and individuals who submitted evidence for the consideration of the committee and at LGBT Foundation, we are no exception. There is a sense that this report is a landmark in history for trans people in the UK and we praise the committee in their efforts in bringing together a comprehensive review on a complex and wide ranging set of issues.
LGBT Foundation submitted evidence to the inquiry last year. In October, we had the opportunity to host the Women and Equalities select committee here in Manchester, and were very encouraged by the attitudes and understanding the MPs had of the prevalent issues facing trans people, and their interest in our work in general. We are pleased by the way in which the report calls for significant change across a broad range of issues, particularly in relation to the legal recognition of non-binary identities, the revision of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and the acknowledgment that significant action is required to improve healthcare for trans people.
Throughout the inquiry the committee has worked hard to investigate the legal and institutional complexities surrounding healthcare, education, legislative and the legal issues effecting trans people across the UK and the report has gone a long way in making some welcome recommendations on potential best practice and solutions through legislative reform.
However, there remain some and areas of concern. The report recommended retaining the spousal veto, which we know is an area of concern for trans people and we will continue to press for adequate protection for trans people who are married and wish to legally change their gender. Suggestions for alternative care pathways in the NHS Gender Identity Services, and best practice for these services, were sometimes unclear and we would like to see further consideration in this area. There is also some work to do to ensure trans people have full autonomy and are not excluded from single sex services and spaces.
Overall we welcome the suggestions in the report and commend the hard work of those involved in pulling it together. We would like to thank all those who dedicated their time to giving evidence and attending the hearings; we are proud to be part of this work and a small part of the rich tapestry of organisations, groups and individuals across the UK who are dedicated to seeing meaningful change come about for trans people. We eagerly await the forthcoming Government Action plan and the next steps.
For further resources relating to the Trans Equality Inquiry we recommend this website by UK Trans Info: http://www.transinquiry.co.uk/
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