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We need urgent reform of the GRA

We welcome today’s announcement by the Government that they are to embark on a review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, starting with a full public consultation this Autumn. 

The review comes in response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee’s Transgender equality inquiry.

The inquiry found that there is an urgent need for reform on this act.  

When the act was introduced in 2004 it was a ground-breaking piece of legislation. For the first time trans people – some trans people – could have their gender legally recognised for the first time.

But the act is now outdated and in dire need of reform. 

Currently, trans people are forced to endure a highly medicalised, bureaucratic and demeaning process to acquire gender recognition. 

Currently, trans people are forced to endure a highly medicalised, bureaucratic and demeaning process to acquire gender recognition. 

We were pleased to hear then Equalities Minister acknowledge this and commit to ‘streamline and demedicalise’ the gender recognition process in the Commons last year. 

Many trans and non-binary people from across Britain will welcome this opportunity too. 

After speaking with hundreds of trans people across Britain, it was clear to Stonewall Trans Advisory Group that reform of the act was urgent and they made it one of their top recommendations for the Government.

This call was set out in ‘A Vision for Change’, a five-year manifesto aimed at achieving trans equality in Britain. 

However, the Government must act quickly. It has been almost two years since the trans inquiry. 

Along with other changes, Stonewall will ask for a reformed Act to provide recognition for all trans people, including non-binary people. 

Along with other changes, Stonewall will ask for a reformed Act to provide recognition for all trans people, including non-binary people. 

We also want trans people to be able to obtain recognition through a simple administrative process, without requirements for medical evidence. 

Reforming the Gender Recognition Act is a vital opportunity for the UK to reaffirm its position as a world leader on LGBT equality. 

We’re already falling behind countries like Malta, which moved to a process of self-declaration a couple of years ago. 

Stonewall looks forward to contributing to this consultation and is urging the Government to ensure that they listen to the voices of all trans communities, and to act without any further delay on their concerns. 

Further information

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