Government Announces new Proposals for Greater Equality

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 21:00

The Government has announced a range of new proposals that it will use to deliver greater equality for the LGBT community, ahead of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

In the 50 years since the process of decriminalising homosexuality began, there have been key achievements that have progressed LGBT rights, from same-sex marriage, to ‘Turing’s Law’, and seeing the highest number of LGBT MPs of any Parliament after this year’s general election. 

There are three main proposals that have been announced: 

A consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004

This Autumn, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) will launch a formal consultation on reviewing the legislation underpinning gender recognition. They will be inviting feedback on proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process of legal recognition. W

Shaan Knan, the LGBT Consortium’s Trans Organisation Network (TON) Worker welcomes the Governments plans to review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 saying: 

‘I welcome the Government’s announcement to review the gender recognition process. It’s great to hear that the consultation is going to look to improve this highly medicalised, bureaucratic and intrusive process. Current research has shown that there’s a great need to look into ways to reduce the stigma faced by the trans and non-binary community. I personally support a self-declaration system which is already successfully in place in countries such as Malta.

I am looking forward to engaging with the diverse members of the Consortium’s Trans Organisation Network (TON) in order to produce a statement responding directly to the consultation this autumn. Please feel welcome to contact me if you want to get involved. 

A nationwide LGBT survey to gather views to inform future policy

The GEO have launched a national survey that will ask LGBT people across the UK to share their experiences of being LGBT in the UK, with the aim of helping the Government to build a picture of those experiences which will help identify ways to improve public services for LGBT users, including in health and education. The survey will run for 12 weeks until 15 October

You can access the survey here.

Changing the deferral periods for blood donation for men who have sex with men

The Department of Health has announced that the blood donation deferral period will be reduced from 12 months to 3 months for men who have sex with men. This is an important step in the right direction towards a more risk-based approach. You can find out more about this announcement here

You can see the full announcement here.

If you have any queries on the Gender Recognition Act consultation or the LGBT survey, please contact the GEO here, or get in touch with our Trans Organisations Network Worker - who will be coordinating a joint response through our Members .


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