Transgender individuals may find it easier to legally change genders under plans being considered by the government.
At present an official diagnosis of gender dysphoria is required. People with this condition believe that their actual gender does not match their physical sex. In addition, a certificate issued by a ‘gender recognition panel’ is needed.
But Equalities Minister Justine Greening believes these requirements may be too onerous and intrusive and has called for reform of the 2004 Gender Recognition Act. Her stance is supported by LGBT campaign Stonewall who describe the current system as “demeaning and broken”.
A consultation on any changes will begin in the autumn. The Minister said:
“This government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality, and today we’re taking the next step forward. We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.”
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