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Reform of the Gender Recognition Act to be debated by MPs

16 February 2022

On Monday 21 February, MPs will debate a petition relating to reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

Elliot Colburn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and Mike Freer, Minister for Equalities, will respond for the Government.

Reform the Gender Recognition Act

The petition, which has more than 137,000 signatures, states: “Reform the GRA to allow transgender people to self-identify without the need for a medical diagnosis, to streamline the administrative process, and to allow non-binary identities to be legally recognised.”

In response to the petition, provided on 7 October 2020, the Government said: “We want transgender people to be free to live and prosper in modern Britain. The Government looked carefully at the issues raised and believe that this legislation strikes the right balance.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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