Gender Recognition Act consultation...Just 1 week left to respond!

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Have you filled it in yet? #IveDoneItHaveYou #DoItNow

Take Action!

With the deadline of the 19th October looming, we would like to encourage all LGBT Consortium Members to respond to the consultation on the reforms to the Gender Recognition Act.

We also want to ask Members to motivate the people who use their groups, services and support to respond to the consultation as possible. You don’t have to be trans to fill in the consultation and it is important that allies, friends, LGBT and other supporting organisations send in their response.

This is an opportunity to seek reform that we simply cannot ignore, especially when we continue to see horrendous attacks on trans individuals and organisations from those who are vehemently opposed to these reforms. We must stand in solidarity and continue to fight for equality and human rights for all trans people.

How To Respond

The Government Equality Office webform for the consultation is a little clunky and can take a while to read and fill in but we recommend this is as the primary route for completing a response. This can be found at https://consult.education.gov.uk/government-equalities-office/reform-of-the-gender-recognition-act/. There are some questions that are solely relevant to trans individuals so please do encourage your service users to respond with their experiences.

We totally understand the “I will get to it later” but please act on this now. We know how busy people are and how easy it is for things to move down the priority list. This should be right up there as a critical and urgent action so we can seek reforms that will make life better for our clients, our friends, our allies and our trans communities. To help, our Member Stonewall have produced their own webform which links directly into the GEO’s form and focusses on a handful of the key questions. This can be found at https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/come-out-trans-equality. If you only have a small amount of time then you can use this to respond to those key questions.

Support & Resources

Some of the questions may look a bit complex so there are several pieces of guidance and support out there to help you understand the key points and questions:

LGBT Foundation
Mermaids 
Stonewall 
Gendered Intelligence

Social Media Call To 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; 

I support reform of the Gender Recognition Act and completed the government consultation #IveDoneItHaveYou https://goo.gl/C5fX4L or https://goo.gl/ArYvos. Trans rights are human rights.

#DoItNow – Motivate people to stop procrastinating and fill it in; 

Respond to the government consultation on the Gender Recognition Act reforms. Support our Trans communities and #DoItNow.  https://goo.gl/C5fX4L or https://goo.gl/ArYvos. Trans rights are human rights.

 


 

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