Wednesday 11-11-2020 - 11:00
The Women and Equalities Committee have launched a new inquiry into trans equality issues, including the Government’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act. This is an important opportunity to improve the legal rights and the lived experiences of trans people in the UK.
The Women and Equalities Committee are currently calling for evidence regarding trans equality issues, including the Government’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). You can find out more about what the GRA is and why it’s important here. This is a significant opportunity to improve the legal rights and day to day experiences of trans people.
This is different from the Women and Equalities ‘Transgender Equality’ inquiry held in 2016, and the committee’s GRA consultation in 2018.
Recap of the past 4 years:
In 2016, the Women and Equalities Select Committee made an inquiry asking trans people to tell their stories in order to gather evidence to lobby the government for more equality. The recommendations from the 2016 inquiry can be found here.
After reading the recommendations, in 2018, the government held a consultation specifically regarding proposed changes to the GRA. In 2020 the responses to this consultation were considered ‘biased’ due to there being ‘too many’ positive responses. Instead of enacting the GRA reforms for which there was overwhelming support, the Government has proposed: setting up three new Gender Identity Clinics (GICs), moving the process to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs) entirely online, and lowering fees for this application process.
The aim of this new inquiry is to hold the government accountable regarding the proposed GRA reforms. In 2016 and 2018, we came together to stand firm and organise to improve the lives of trans people in the UK, and in 2020 we ask that you join us once again.
We are particularly encouraging LGBT+ and Liberation officers to submit a response, but we also think it’s vital that all activists and societies take part where possible. NUS will submit a response in full as an organisation, but you can do so as a Students’ Unions or as an individual as well. You don’t have to answer every single question, so feel free to focus on the ones you feel most strongly about. We do encourage you to use case studies and real-life examples, alongside potential statistics, where possible, to further your answer.
It is important that the Women and Equalities committee receive many responses which support our key recommendations. In this document, we have included guidance and recommendations on how to compile evidence for your own answers in the most effective way, in order to create important and lasting change to the lives of trans people.
You can answer as many or as few questions as you want, see full details of the consultation here.
Prior to submitting your response, it is important that you ensure that you meet the government guidelines on how to submit it.
Responses must be submitted by Friday 27 November 2020 via this form.
Our guidance is lengthy, but it is to ensure you are able to answer as many questions as you can, but if you're short on time, we recommend you focus on questions 8 and 9 in the first part and/or questions 3 and 5 in the second part.