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Equality Challenge Unit welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality

ECU welcomes UK government’s new action to promote LGBT equality, including the aim of streamlining and de-medicalising the process for changing gender.

The UK government has announced a number of new actions to promote LGBT equality, following recommendations from the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee. Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) welcomes the progress that these actions promise.

In particular, ECU welcomes the announcement that the government will be seeking to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing gender, as part of a broad consultation on the Gender Recognition Act. The announcement follows evidence submitted to the Women and Equalities Committee highlighting that the current process is overly medicalised and bureaucratic.

ECU’s guidance on Trans staff and students in HE and college: improving experiences takes this into account and highlights the Council of Europe’s resolution 2048 on discrimination against transgender people in Europe as best practice given its focus on the need for ‘…quick, transparent and accessible procedures based on self-determination’.

We expect that institutions following the ECU guidance will be well placed to respond to any changes to the law that result from the government’s consultation.

The UK government also announced:

  • The launch of a national survey to ask LGBT people in the UK share their views on public services. The survey is open until 15 October 2017, and can be responded to here.
  • The deferral blood donation period for men who have sex with men will be reduced from 12 to three months.

Published date: August 4, 2017