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Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:01

One day left to take part in the consultation on the UK gender recognition act

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Gender Recognition Act

 

There is only one day left to take part in the consultation launched by the British government on the Gender Recognition Act.

Until October 19, 2018, at 11 pm, you can share your vision of gender identity and help to improve the rights of transgender people in the UK.

The 2004 Gender Recognition Act currently allows trans people to change their gender in a rather complicated, expensive and sometimes inaccessible legal process.

Here, the consultation will help to highlight gaps and understand how to improve the process.

LGBT organization Stonewall calls on the government to reform gender recognition law:

  1. by requiring no medical diagnosis or presentation of evidence for trans people to get their identity legally recognized
  2. by recognizing non-binary identities
  3. by giving all trans people, including 16 – 17-year-olds, the right to self-determination, through a much simpler and more streamlined administrative process

Indeed, the current process requires people to pass a series of medical assessments and interviews with psychiatrists to get a formal diagnosis of ‘gender dysphoria’. They must have lived in their ‘acquired gender’ for two years and provide evidence.

All this must be submitted to a gender recognition panel that will agree or deny the request.

The process is very painful and can take several years.

If you would like to contribute to improving the rights of transgender people in the United Kingdom, please visit the following page before October 19, 2018: https://consult.education.gov.uk/government-equalities-office/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act/

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