The government has published it’s response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on transgender equality.
On 14th January of this year the Women and Equalities Committee published its report on transgender equality. The report contained 35 recommendations in relation to a wide range of areas including cross-government strategy, the Gender Recognition Act 2004, the Equality Act 2010, NHS services and on tackling everyday transphobia.
After finding the 2011 Advancing Transgender Equality action plan was still largely unimplemented, Nicky Morgan, Minister for Women and Equalities, declared that a new action plan for transgender equality will be developed, which will include, amongst other actions:
- A review of the Gender Recognition Act to tackle unnecessary bureaucracy and to assess the need for medical checks contained within the 2004 Act;
- Conducting a cross-government review on removing unnecessary requests for gender information, including in official documents;
- Improving the way people are supported by gender identity services through new training of NHS staff;
- Tackling harassment and bullying in higher education by working with universities;
- Assessing how to measure the size of the UK’s transgender population so that policy can be more evidence-based and the government can track the impact of its work;
- Measuring and monitoring public attitudes towards transgender people.
The full publication – which also includes the responses of Ofcom and the General Medical Council – can be found by clicking here.