The Government is proposing a reform the Gender Recognition Act with the aim of making the process easier for transgender people to change gender through obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said: “The discrimination and bigotry that the trans community currently faces is unacceptable in today’s society – we need a culture change. In response to our national LGBT survey trans people have told us that the current system to legally change their gender isn’t working and they find the process bureaucratic, costly and intrusive. We want to help people to thrive and to go about their daily life, living in the gender they choose without intrusion or fear of humiliation. This consultation is a chance for us to change the current system for the better and I look forward to hearing everyone’s views.”

The government has been clear that this consultation will not be making any changes to the protections contained in the Equality Act 2010. The Act states that individuals must not be discriminated against because they are trans, but that single-sex services such as domestic abuse refuges can provide services in a different way, or exclude a transgender person from the service, if this is proportionate and justified.

See Gov.uk – Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004
Closing date for return of consultation responses 19 October 2018.