Medical diagnosis will still be needed to have gender legally recognised after reform

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09/20/2020

Trans adults will continue to need a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to change their legal gender even after a reform of the UK’s gender-recognition laws, the Sunday Times claims. Legal gender recognition for adult trans men and women in the UK is governed by the 2004 Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Planned updates to the GRA to make it more accessible for trans people have been repeatedly delayed for two years amid a toxic public debate about trans rights. The Sunday Times reported in June that plans for GRA reform were being scrapped entirely, but subsequent statements from Boris Johnson and his minister for women and equalities Liz Truss suggest this was incorrect. Fears that the Tories would use GRA reform to restrict access to healthcare for trans youth were also allayed earlier this month when Truss confirmed, in a letter to trans-support charity Mermaids, that any changes to gender-recognition laws will not affect under 18’s.

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