• SAYiT

SAYiT statement on Gender Recognition Act reform

Heather Paterson, SAYiT Chief Executive said: ‘It is exceptionally disappointing that in today’s government response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation, three years after announcing plans to improve legal recognition for trans people in England and Wales, and two years after the GRA consultation, there is an absence of any meaningful reform.”

“The 2018 GRA consultation showed that the public was overwhelmingly in favour of simplifying the process for trans people to gain legal recognition of their gender and today’s announcement completely disregards this.”

“While we welcome the small changes in digitising the application system and reducing some of the fees involved to address some of the financial and bureaucratic barriers to accessing a GRC, and that there has been no further roll-back in trans rights, this does not go anywhere near far enough to address the issues with the gatekeeping and medicalisation in the current system.”

“As a youth charity, the complete lack of recognition of under 18s is incredibly concerning to us. We have seen the impact that three years of public debates on the identities, existence, and access to services and support have had on the mental health and wellbeing of some of the young people we work with. We have also witnessed the huge rise in anti-trans hate crimes during the same period. To have seen this with no change at the end of it is incredibly disheartening.”

“The current legislation also dictates that legally recognised gender must