Government under pressure to reform vital transgender laws

LGBT groups have called on the new minister for women and equalities to set a date for when key gender legislation will be reformed.

Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people can have their gender identity recognised and legally changed on their birth certificates.

But it means that people must go through what campaigners call ‘intrusive’ medical assessments, and long and bureaucratic interviews with psychiatrists.

Some 34 groups have now come together and written a letter to Penny Mordaunt, the new minister, calling for the act to be revised. In 2017, the then-equalities minister, Justine Greening, announced plans to launch the review, reports Pink News.

But since then, multiple departures from the position has meant the review has yet to materialise.

The current process requires trans people to have a formal diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and live in their ‘acquired gender’ for at least two years.

If their spouse vetoes the law, then they may be forced to delay or completely annul their applications.

And non-binary people are not recognised under the law. In the letter, they say that the consultation being delayed ‘is having a massively detrimental effect on one of the UK’s most marginalised groups’.

Source – Written by Kate Buck, Featured in The Metro – http://metro.co.uk/2018/05/07/government-under-pressure-to-reform-vital-transgender-laws-7528227/

 

 

 

 

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