The government has announced plans to streamline and de-medicalise the process of transitioning, by letting people change their gender without a doctor’s diagnosis.
Under the current regulations, anyone wishing to transition has to have a diagnosis of gender dysphoria. They also have to live as their desired gender for two years before they can officially change their sex.
The government also announced that it would be launching a national survey that will ask the 1.5 million LGBT people in the UK to share their views on public services to help inform government policy.
It was also announced that the deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men, will be reduced from 12 months to three months increasing the supply of donor blood available for life-saving operations.
The proposals come ahead of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening said, “This government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality and today we’re taking the next step forward.”
“We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.”
Suzanna Hopwood, a member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group, said, “I am really pleased that the Government is making good on its commitment to review the Gender Recognition Act.”
“Reform is one of the key priorities in our vision for removing the huge inequalities that trans people face in the UK.”
“The current system is demeaning and broken.”
“It’s vital that this reform removes the requirements for medical evidence and an intrusive interview panel, and finally allows all trans people to have their gender legally recognised through a simple administrative process.”
“That’s what we’ll be calling for during this consultation, and I’m looking forward to seeing the law change soon after.”