In order to allow a ubiquitous culture to prevail, changes must rise from the grassroots. The struggle is at the very basic level, that of identification followed by acceptance. That is the story of the LGBT community around the world. People and governments are struggling to acknowledge their distinctiveness. UK has been at the periphery of the acceptance, with some really sketchy laws conceding to their existence, more than 100 LGBT organisations and celebrities are voicing an urgent need for the UK Government to reform laws that identify them.
The Government Equality Office, UK, is taking its time in changing the law that need immediate modifications for some really straightjacketing and excluding clauses and practices. Though the community was completely mobilized by several supporting organizations that collected 100,000 responses in favor of the reform, the governance seems to be sitting this one out.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, LGBT groups said the UK was “lagging behind” other countries “in terms of legal equality for trans and non-binary people and has been signed by more than 100 charities, campaigners and activists, including Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt, musicians Olly Alexander and Jade Thirlwall, and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf.
The LGBT community has to follow tedious processes and formalities in order to be identified in the UK. And even post the procedure and evidence supporting their identity, a panel could skip it entirely, rejecting it on grounds of insufficient proof. It has been turned into a humiliating process which does not identify fluid and non-binary genders. The community has to go through tough trials and difficulties only to be officially recognized.
The BBC has learned, more than 100 LGBT organizations and celebrities are urging the government to reform UK gender identity laws. The Government Equalities Office has insisted any potential reforms should be carefully planned. A public consultation, which had 100,000 responses, but the government has continually missed its own deadlines. They must have a positive impact on the trans community in the UK. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, LGBT groups said the UK was “lagging behind” other countries “in terms of legal equality for trans and non-binary people and has been signed by more than 100 charities, campaigners and activists, including Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt, musicians Olly Alexander and Jade Thirlwall, and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf.
The Gender Recognition Act (GRA) had set out the legal process by which a person can change their gender. Currently, the gender law requires a medical diagnosis, or presentation of evidence, for trans people to get their identity legally recognized. It also does not recognize non-binary identities.
By introducing new legislation to allow changes to trans and non-binary people’s birth certificates without a judgement panel, high fees, doctors letters and evidence, the biggest change is that their dignity and rights are respected.