LGBT Foundation calls on new Prime Minister to take action on GRA reform
Published: 29 July 2019 Tags: lgbt, gra, gender recognition act By Admin Silverchip
LGBT Foundation have been joined by a range of charities, campaigners and activists from across the LGBT sector in calling on the new government to act now on reform of the Gender Recognition Act. The call was made in an open letter sent to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd.
The letter, first made public on Monday, stated that thousands of trans and non-binary people “still wait in limbo” for an announcement on reforms of the Gender Recognition Act and that the UK was "lagging behind" other countries "in terms of legal equality for trans and non-binary people". The letter further called for the new Prime Minister to “ensure trans and non-binary people across the UK have the rights they need and deserve”.
The full letter can be found here
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) allows trans people to apply for legal recognition of the gender in which they live. The act enables people to apply to receive a Gender Recognition Certificate – colloquially known as a GRC – if they meet a set criteria. Once granted a GRC they are then from the date of issue considered in the eyes of the law to be of their 'acquired gender'. On July 3rd 2018 the Government launched a consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 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. The consultation closed on 22 October 2018, after gathering testimonies for 16 weeks.
Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation, says:
“This letter was written because we are calling on the Government to finish the job they started on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. We have come together - as charities, campaigners, activists and spokespeople to reiterate how critical these reforms are to removing the barriers that trans and non-binary people face every day. Right now, as hate crime against trans people is increasing and vitally needed reforms risk being kicked into the long grass, there has never been a more crucial time to be an ally to trans and non-binary people.”
When the initial consultation was launched, results were said to be expected in “Spring 2019”. On July 4th 2019, former Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt announced that the results of the consultation and plans for reform would be unveiled “before the summer recess”, which began on 25th July 2019.
The government estimates that just 12% of trans people have a gender recognition certificate, despite 92% stating in the National LGBT Survey (2018) that they would be interested in getting one. According to a YouGov survey in June 2019, 56% of people believe that people should be able to self-identify with a gender different to the one they were born with.