Tag Archives: Gender Recognition Act

Suddenly Shifting Campaigns

In the last week, Government has issued some clarification about what the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) does and does not do in response to a petition. In particular they clarified that the protections for single-sex services were in the Equality Act, and that Government was not currently minded to amend this. One of the recommendations […]

Trans People and the British Media – 2018 snapshot

On Monday I gave a speech at the Westminster Social Forum, and my topic was on how trans people currently experience the British media. Here is the speech: Trans people currently find ourselves at the centre of two debates rumbling around the British media. The first is whether trans women are women and should be […]

The Gender Police and Women’s Loos

Ladies, we’ve all been there, queuing for the loo with that growing sense of dread – did I remember to put my birth certificate in my handbag? As we all know, access to women’s facilities is subject to approval from the gender police, and the terror when you approach the attendant with the explanation that […]

Which Trans People are Real?

This post comes after India Willoughby, media professional and relatively newly minted trans woman, has spent a day and a half on Twitter defending her view that transsexual women are different from trans women. There has been some tortuous logic involved. The argument seems to go something like “transsexual women are those who have or […]

Gender Recognition Reform – A Real Possibility?

One of the things anticipated for this Parliament is that Brexit, and its associated legislation, will dominate everything. That’s not to say that legislation for other things cannot happen – there is still space allocated for Private Members Bills, for example. But the scope for other Government-sponsored legislation is small. The other complication for Government […]

Double Jeopardy

I’m currently the secretary of the rather grandly named Parliamentary Forum on Gender Identity. It’s a group of established activists for trans rights who meet three or four times a year with some civil servants and a very small number of parliamentarians. In the Forum we discuss a number of different issues, generally on a […]

Spousal Consent – Again…

The latest amendment to the same sex marriage bill by government on spousal consent attempts to explain exactly what the consent is for – namely, consent “to the marriage continuing after the issue of a full gender recognition certificate”.  In doing so, they once again spectacularly miss the point. Irrespective of what the spouse is […]