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Reform of the Gender Recognition Act – Government Consultation

Published: 17th October 2018

The Government's public consultation on possible means to make it simpler and easier for people in England and Wales to change their legal gender concludes on 19 October. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she wants 'to see a process that is more streamlined and de-medicalised - because being trans should never be treated as an illness.' It's true that the present system is overly bureaucratic and expensive - reform is overdue. But would the current proposals lead to better outcomes?

The main change proposed is to a system of self-declaration that would make gender identity simply a matter of a person's subjective feelings about themselves, and changing legal gender simply a matter of personal choice. It encourages the view that gender identity defines reality and that biological sex is but a social construct, something 'assigned' at birth. This new ideological dogma has no evidence-base in science but self-declaration would appear to reinforce it as if proven fact.

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