Government considering reform of gender laws

Family Law|July 25th 2017

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.”

Photo by amboo who? via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

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  1. Andrew says:

    No. Just No. The reasons why a person with male gonads cannot be allowed to identify as a female without grave danger to women are too obvious to need stating.


    And vice versa, too. A woman – however she chooses to identify herself – is doubtless unlikely to assault me in a men’s changing room but her presence there is an assault on my dignity and my privacy.
    This is insanity.

  2. spinner says:

    The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    I started off in life with a fair amount of respect for the government, the courts and so on but as time goes on it’s becoming clear very few of these people or organisation deserve my respect.

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