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Reforming Gender Recognition Act 2004: Consultation ends

October 25, 2018 | Latest Thinking, News

The consultation regarding the reformation of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 has recently ended, meaning that the UK Government shall now analyse the results collected.

The British public were given the opportunity to suggest exactly what should be reformed in the Gender Recognition Act 2004, in which due to a ‘high volume of responses’ the deadline was extended, with over 53,000 people already responding before the deadline.

So why exactly is the reformation to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GR) so important?

Through GRA, ‘trans’ people are legally recognised for their acquired gender (from their initial gender at birth) through a process outlined within the act. However since the act came into force, only 4,910 people have legally changed their gender status.

Therefore, the government has set out an initiative to motivate more ‘trans’ people to legally apply to have their gender status changed by setting up a consultation for the reformation of the GRA.

This is because from a recent LGBT survey, the UK government found out that the prime reasons that most ‘trans’ people had not applied for a legal gender status is because they found the process too “bureaucratic, expensive and intrusive”.

The results from the consultation shall follow from the UK Government shortly, however any reformation that will occur to the GRA shall not impact upon the Equality Act 2010.

To find out more about GRA, you can do so by clicking here

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