Gender Recognition Act Consultation

Westminster Government have now launched the much anticipated consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act. We have produced this page with useful information and guidance for Trans and LGBT organisations to be able to respond to the consultation.

The Consultation

This consultation is specifically about reforming the Gender Recognition Act (2004), which provides the legal provisions for how trans people have their gender identity legally recognised.

There has been mis-information in the public domain on this consultation going further and including legislation such as the Equality Act--It does not! This is solely about this one piece of important legislation that being nearly 15 years old is in need of urgent reform.

Many advances have been achieved in the gender identity field in this time and the current GRA does not reflect the best practice and forward thinking we are keen for the Government to adopt.

Our Role

LGBT Consortium facilitates the Trans Organisations Network (TON). This network has around 50 trans-led organisations engaged and offers opportunities to share intelligence, developing new partnerships and ensure the voices of trans-led organisations are heard. All our work during the consultation period will be informed by the thinking of our TON Members. 

We encourage both trans-led organisations, as well as wider LGBT organisations and other ally organisations, to respond to this consultation. We also encourage all of our Members to get individuals they work with to respond in their own right. 

As part of these reforms we want to see:

  • Creation of a more streamlined and simpler process for the recognition of someone's gender identity
  • Giving trans people the right to self-determination
  • A system that does not require a medical diagnosis to get an individual's identity legally recognised
  • Recognition of non-binary identities
  • Supporting trans and non-binary young people, for instance lowering the age of recognition.

Get Support

Several Member organisations have produced excellent guidance to support people in responding to the consultation. Some of these are:

​Take Action

Please tweet, retweet, post on Facebook and other sites to get the word out that time is running out to respond.

We will be using 2 hashtags with our social media in the next week and encourage you to do the same. We have some template tweets below but feel free to use your own with the #’s:

  • #IveDoneItHaveYou – Let people know you have responded to the consultation and encourage them to do the same
  • #DoItNow – Motivate people to stop procrastinating and fill it in!

Our Response

You can read LGBT Consortium's / Trans Organisations Network's response by downloading it at the bottom of this page.


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