Gender Recognition Act Consultation 2018
What is the Gender Recognition Act?
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) allowed trans people to apply for legal recognition of the gender in which they have lived without undergoing either gender reassignment surgery or other medical treatment. However, the process for changing the legal gender on a person’s birth certificate is expensive, intrusive and time-consuming. It requires trans people to provide extensive medical evidence about their bodies despite the 2004 Act making no requirement to undergo hormonal or surgical treatments.
On July 3rd the Government launched a consultation on the GRA with the aim of making the process of legally changing your gender much more straightforward, less reliant on medical examinations and removing a lot of the red tape that stops many trans people feeling able to get the legal recognition they deserve.
LGBT Foundation is encouraging all of our communities and supporters to participate in the consultation. A link to the government consultation page is here. The consultation closes on 19 October 2018.
What is the Gender Recognition Act consultation about?
The GRA consultation is about the process of how a trans person changes the gender on their birth certificate, and about who should be able to change the gender on their birth certificate.
The consultation is not about whether or not trans people should be able to legally change their gender.
The consultation is not about whether or not trans people should be able to use single sex services, such as women’s refuges and rape crisis centres. Trans people’s right to use single sex services is already protected by the Equality Act 2010.
How can I get involved?
LGBT Foundation are committed to putting trans and non-binary people’s voices front and centre of the consultation. We will also encourage allies of trans and non-binary communities to show their support for reform. Download our comprehensive resource pack here which gives lots of information on the consultation itself, and how you get get involved in our campaign.
I'm keen! Is there anything else I can do?
Absolutely! On Friday 6th July in Manchester we are jointly hosting a campaigns workshop with Stonewall on having your voice heard in the consultation. This free campaigning workshop is for trans organisations, activists and community groups around the North West, to share and develop influencing skills, learn about how to make a real difference on the GRA reform, and build a strong movement for change. Sign up for the workshop here.
What is the ENOUGH Campaign?
In the midst of negative rhetoric towards trans and non-binary communities, LGBT Foundation’s ENOUGH campaign is sending a powerful message of hope, support, and solidarity. The ENOUGH campaign is an opportunity for LGBT communities and our allies to come together and demand an inclusive and equal society that celebrates all LGBT identities. We believe that all LGBT people should be free to express their gender identity and sexuality however they choose, without fear of discrimination or hate. Find out more about the campaign, and sign our ENOUGH pledge here.