Tag Archives: gender recognition

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 […]

Select Committee Report on Trans Issues

After the General Election in May, many trans activists were looking at the prospect of defending rights and progress for 5 years in the teeth of what, at face value, appeared as though it was going to be an insensitive, unaware and potentially callous Conservative Government. Yet today, just 7 months later, a Conservative-led Commons […]

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 […]

The Stakes Have Been Raised

News that a trans woman, Tara Hudson, has been imprisoned within a mens’ prison (Horfield, in Bristol) has found its way onto the national media. Over 110,000 people have signed a petition protesting the decision. Reporting within the papers has had the usual degrees of inaccuracy when it comes to understanding gender recognition. But her […]

Speech to Lib Dem Conference 2015

Below is the text of the speech I gave on the main floor of the Lib Dem conference this morning, my first ever speech to any party political conference. Who knows, it may be my last as well. Conference, As a new member at my first ever party conference, can I not only thank people […]

Stonewall and the Changing Landscape

Photo copyright Fox Fisher A fair amount has been written already about Saturday’s meeting between Stonewall and 50 or so trans people. My goal in writing this is not to simply restate what’s already been said about the positivity and the options, and also the issues around diversity, but to start looking at how things […]

Reissued Marriage Certificates

An interesting meeting on the morning of April 1st, to discuss various issues around implementing phase 2 of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act – specifically those which would affect marriages involving trans people seeking gender recognition. Hugh Bayley MP With the three trans people present there were a variety of government departments represented. I […]