As part of our transgender initiative, Trans*Mission, in collaboration with Global Butterflies, the InterLaw Diversity Forum will be submitting to the Government’s Gender Recognition Act 2004 Consultation for England and Wales.
The deadline for submissions is by 11 pm on 19 October 2018.
The consultation asks individuals and organisations to give their opinion on what the process should look like for someone applying for legal gender recognition in future. The consultation seeks your views on how best to reform the process of changing one’s legal gender. The consultation focuses on the Gender Recognition Act 2004. (The Government are not proposing any amendments to the Equality Act 2010.)
The consultation does not consider the question of whether trans people exist, whether they have the right to legally change their gender, or whether it is right for a person of any age to identify with another gender, or with no gender. Trans and non-binary people are members of our society and should be treated with respect. Trans people already have the right to legally change their gender, and there is no suggestion of this right being removed.
The consultation simply asks how best Government might make the existing process under the Gender Recognition Act a better service for those trans and non-binary people who wish to use it. The Gender Recognition Act governs how trans people can have their identity legally recognised. The Gender Recognition Act was ground-breaking at the time it was first passed in 2004, but now it is out of date and needs reform.
At the moment, trans people have to endure a long and demeaning process to ‘prove’ their gender identity. It’s not just distressing, it’s complex, costly and inaccessible to many trans people.
The InterLaw Diversity Forum stand alongside Stonewall, Mermaids and others who support a reformed Gender Recognition Act that:
Requires no medical diagnosis or presentation of evidence for trans people to get their identity legally recognised;
Recognises non-binary identities; and
Gives all trans people, including 16 – 17-year-olds, the right to self-determination, through a much simpler and more streamlined administrative process.
It is critical that we come out with our support of the trans community as allies to ensure best practice in applying the law.
Please submit your response here:
Please see guidance and resources from Mermaids in collaboration with LGBT Consortium, LGBT Foundation, Gendered Intelligence, GIRES and Intercom Trust here:
Please see Stonewall guidance here: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/gender-recognition-act
Thank you again for your time and important contribution to the Government’s consultation!