Fighting for legal and social recognition outside the gendered societal structure
UK GOVERNMENT SCRAPS PROPOSED GRA REFORM
Leaked document indicates announcement to be made in July before summer recess
A document leaked to the Sunday Times indicates there will be no reform to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 [GRA] following a public consultation that ran from July to October 2018.
Contrary to some reports, the proposed reforms did not include any kind of recognition or provision for trans people who do not identify as either Male or Female.
Critically, the whole process was a sham. There was no genuine intent to amend the discriminatory GRA. I’d tried on many occasions to warn the process was a sham and that trans people should not have their hopes raised. My advice at the time was that trans people should not be encouraged to participate in the process. As was often the case I was a lone voice and trans people did indeed respond to the consultation where, despite an orchestrated move to counter the demand for reform, an overwhelming majority – about 70% - supported self-ID for trans men and trans women.
Further, the leaked document indicates the current UK Government plans to roll back on existing civil rights where trans men and women currently are protected under the Equality Act 2010.
This is the latest disturbing move by a hostile and discredited government in what is turning out to be a terrible year.
The article I wrote at the time the public GRA consultation was announced can be found HERE.
I do urge people to read it. LGBT+ and trans organisations that ignored my warning and encouraged people to respond to the government’s GRA consultation in 2018 particularly do need to read what I wrote at the time. It was extremely irresponsible to raise hopes that life would improve for trans people in the UK when it was evident that life was about to get much harder for almost everyone.
I am currently awaiting a decision from the UK Supreme Court for permission to proceed with my legal challenge to the UK Home Office’s discriminatory passport policy where one is forced to apply for a passport with gendered ‘M’ or ‘F’ rather than the internationally permitted neutral option ‘X’.
The denial of existence is the worst act of discrimination by the gendered majority against the non-gendered