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Government announces consultation into reform of Gender Recognition Act

  • A Government consultation into reform of the Gender Recognition Act has been announced. 

  • The referral period for men who have sex with men to donate blood will drop from one year to three months. 

  • An online survey of LGBT people’s experiences of healthcare, education and workplace has also been launched. 

Stonewall comment:

It’s vital that this is a stepping stone to a system that doesn’t automatically exclude most gay and bi men.

‘We’re pleased the Government recognises there is still more to be done to ensure all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception, and welcome the announcement of new measures to tackle some of the remaining inequalities. The consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act is hugely encouraging.

‘The 2004 Act was ground-breaking in giving trans people a way to have their gender legally recognised, but the process is in dire need of reform. We need a simple process which isn’t medicalised, intrusive or demeaning. We would urge the Government to ensure that all trans communities are consulted and to act quickly on their concerns.

‘Change to the blood donation rules are also welcome. However, while this is an important move, it’s vital that this is a stepping stone to a system that doesn’t automatically exclude most gay and bi men. We would like to see individualised risk assessment, and are encouraged that the Government and NHS Blood and Transplant Service are committed to exploring how to do this.

And we welcome the Government’s intention to better understand the inequalities LGBT people face in Britain to identify key areas for future action, and to ensure that this Government maintains the UK’s impressive record as a world leader on LGBT equality.’