UK refuses to change trans and non-binary law, sparks anger | Gay Star News

This pisses me off! Looks like we non-binary gender identified people have a long way to go before gaining official recognition in the UK and we’re even further behind in much of the USA. Here’s an excerpt from the report by Jane Fae writing for Gay Star News…

Non-binary people told their gender identity won’t be officially recognized

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Trans Pride 2015: Trans community is growing in confidence but laws are getting out-dated. -- Photo via Gay Star News

Trans activists are angry after the UK government dismissed demands for a review on the law on gender recognition.

Britain has better-than-average laws on recognizing trans people’s true genders. But the latest legislation was passed in 2004 and is now widely seen in trans circles as out of date.

A petition, launched in July 2015 by York student Ashley Reed, complains trans people must pay to obtain official recognition of their gender through the Gender Recognition Panel.

It condemns this process as ‘humiliating, outdated and unnecessary’.

Instead it asks that the UK join a growing list of countries, including Ireland, Italy and Argentina, in allowing ‘trans people to self-define their gender’.

And it says non-binary people – who do not see themselves as exclusively masculine or feminine – should have their identities recognized.

The petition attracted over 30,000 signatures.

But the response by Britain’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has so disappointed one leading trans activist, Sarah Savage has branded it an ‘insult to trans people’…

Continue reading this important article here:
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uk-refuses-to-change-trans-and-non-binary-law-sparks-anger/

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3 Responses to UK refuses to change trans and non-binary law, sparks anger | Gay Star News

  1. With the current lot in power, I’m just grateful (and vaguely amazed) not to be languishing in a mental asylum… though given five years more of Tory majority rule, and who knows what could achieved. 😦

  2. Kira says:

    Still a long way to go.

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