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Gender Recognition Act and the road to self-declaration

COMMENT AND OPINION Gender Recognition Act and the road to self-declaration By Rachel Reese16 August 2017 History When the Gender Recognition Act passed in 2004, it was thought to be a state-of-the-art piece of legislation. Transgroups worked tirelessly to ensure that the government implemented the Act, which would allow transgender people to change their legal gender marker and be recognised in law as belonging to their new gender. I transitioned from male to female years before the Act and was fast-tracked through the process to obtain my Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). On obtaining my GRC, I applied for a new...

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The changes to GRCs will have literally no effect on your life.

“I can’t do it,” she said, line crackling slightly. I could still hear her voice break. “It’s too horrible.” This is the only conversation I had with my wife before our wedding in which she cried, despite the thousands of stressors and disagreements over tiny things like flower arrangements and bridesmaid dresses. And it is still, to this date nearly 5 years on, the only conversation we’ve ever had about her attempt to get a Gender Recognition Certificate. All she wanted was for our marriage to be considered a gay marriage, not a straight one. By this point she’d...

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AN ACTIVIST FROM THE NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS, RESPONDS TO THE ASSERTIONS THAT THE REFORMS TO THE GENDER RECOGNITION ACT ARE IN CONTRADICTION TO THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

GUEST WRITER CHAY BROWN There’s a worrying trend developing in the press and in certain parts of the trade union movement. It’s a threat to people’s rights and it’s a threat to people’s well-being. The trend that I’m referring to is not a “trend” of being transgender – trans people and trans identities have been documented throughout history and across cultures. Being transgender is not a trend. The trend to which I am referring is the trend towards promoting attitudes and publishing articles that claim to be promoting women’s rights, but are actually vehicles for thinly-veiled transphobia. I had...

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‘I used to wish I’d just wake up a girl and everything up to that point had been a dream. Or that aliens would abduct me and make it happen.’

  RACHEL HOSIE @rachel_hosie We live in a world that is becoming increasingly tolerant of gender fluidity, but it’s still often disconcerting to feel like the gender you were physically born doesn’t match up with who you are. And if you’re cisgender (someone whose sense of personal identity and gender corresponds with their birth sex), what must it be like to feel born into the wrong gender? People are now sharing their memories of when they first realised they were transgender, and their stories are powerful, moving and insightful.   Many who were born female admitted to wishing they...

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America is at something of a turning point when it comes to issues of gender identity

Though messaging from the White House has become hostile, transgender Americans are slowly gaining more societal acceptance. But a related, less well known medical debate is also reaching a pivotal moment. It involves children born with a congenital condition termed intersex. Intersex refers to people whose chromosomes, gonads, or genitals who don’t meet conventional definitions of what it means to be male or female., According to the Intersex Society of North America, roughly 1 in 2,000 children are born intersex, and while it is often not a condition that requires immediate medical attention, doctors are permitted to perform surgery to rearrange...

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