ELA response to GEO consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

Date:
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The government equalities office (GEO) has opened a consultation on its proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004. Its intention is to make it easier for a trans person to obtain a gender recognition certificate (GRC) and be legally recognised as their chosen gender.

The consultation seeks views on streamlining the administrative process of applying for a GRC, including removing the requirements of a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and provision of documentary evidence that the applicant has lived in their chosen gender for at least two years. The consultation does not propose any amendments to the Equality Act 2010 but seeks views from respondents of any potential effects of its proposals on rights under that Act, in particular, in relation to the exceptions.

The deadline for submissions is 19 October and the consultation is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004

ELA is setting up a working party under the ELA Legislative & Policy Committee to respond to the consultation, co-chaired by Elizabeth Drake (Metropolitan Police Service) and Paul McFarlane (Weightmans). We invite ELA members to email us by 20 July 2018 if you are interested in working on ELA’s consultation response.

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How ELA working parties work
A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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