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Gender Recognition Act Consultation – online systems overwhelmed by volume of responses

The Government has had to extend the deadline for responses to the consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act to deal with unprecedented numbers of responses. The public debate on this issue has been passionate and, at times, unpleasant. It will be fascinating to see what proposals the government puts forward in response to the consultation and how they fly with public opinion, which feels increasingly polarised.

I have blogged in the past about the difficulties with the current system. I have first-hand knowledge of advising individuals going through the process and of the hoops they have had to jump through to achieve legal confirmation of their gender. It isn’t working!

The worst thing would be for the controversy that has been generated by the consultation – much of it based on a misunderstanding of what a reformed Gender Recognition Act would and would not actually change – to lead the government to kick the issue into the long grass. Legislators need to be brave and sensitive when deciding where to go next with this.

Transitioning can raise a whole host of legal issues for individuals from the actual mechanics of getting a gender recognition certificate under the current procedure to discrimination at work. If you or someone close to you is in need of legal guidance on the legal aspects of gender transition, contact me for an informal chat.

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