'Khan and Burnham among those saying process for trans people to self-ID should be easier'
'The mayors of London, Greater Manchester and other English cities have written to the government urging faster implementation of “desperately needed” changes to gender recognition legislation.
Sadiq Khan, London’s mayor, wrote to the equalities minister, Penny Mordaunt, along with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotheram and Dan Jarvis, the mayors of the Liverpool and Sheffield city regions.
The Labour politicians encouraged Mordaunt to introduce the changes soon to make it easier for trans people to have their gender identity legally recognised. They argue that the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 is “now outdated and in urgent need of reform”.
Campaigners have criticised the current process – whereby trans people should supply evidence of a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and of having lived in their “acquired gender” for two years – as humiliating and bureaucratic.
The government estimates that 12% of trans people have a gender recognition certificate. In a national LGBT survey last year, 92% said they would be interested in getting one.
The mayors argued: “GRA reform is a key step in addressing the marginalisation of trans and non-binary communities by allowing them to more easily gain legal recognition of their gender identity.”
They said the current GRA process “creates unnecessary barriers” preventing trans people from achieving legal recognition. “The government has made commitments to ‘streamline and demedicalise’ the gender recognition process, a promise that was welcomed by trans and non-binary people across the country. We hope to see this reflected in the new legislation,” they told Mordaunt.'
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