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Gender Recognition Act reform

Gender Recognition Act reform

The government consultation for reforming the Gender Recognition Act closed in November 2018 and the response has not yet been released.

The current position is someone who wishes to change their gender legally has to live in their chosen gender for two years and be reviewed by a specialist panel and pay to get a Gender Recognition Certificate. The process is seen as demeaning, distressing and costly

On 22 April 2020, the current Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss stated that they will be releasing their response this summer. Her first priority stated in her speech, is to protect single-sex spaces. Her second priority is “making sure that transgender adults are free to live their lives as they wish without fear of persecution, whilst maintaining the proper checks and balances in the system.”

This month it was revealed the Conservatives were planning to scrap any potential reforms, it is unclear if this will remain the position or further debate will be initiated, as this decision has been met with understandable dissent.

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