Written evidence submitted by Emma Juul (GRA0056)
- Should a fee for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate be removed or retained? Are there other financial burdens on applicants that could be removed or retained? It should be removed. You shouldn’t have to pay to be your gender.
- Should the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria be removed? No. Not all transgender people have gender dysphoria. It is not all who experience stress and anxiety associated with their gender identity and their sex at birth.
- Should there be changes to the requirement for individuals to have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years? Yes. It is not a decision someone makes out of the blue. Most (if not all) transgender people have known they were something other than their sex at birth, so it’s never a spontaneous idea someone gets.
- Should the age limit at which people can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) be lowered? Perhaps consider it for age 16.
- What impact will these proposed changes have on those people applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate, and on trans people more generally? They will be able to decide what is best for them much more easily.