Written evidence submitted by Mr Wills (GRA0072)

Reason for submitting evidence

I am concerned about the framing of trans rights as a debate.

Whilst I am glad that the Government considered the GRA as requiring reform, I do not believe that the reforms are as far reaching as they need to be to last the coming years as public opinion shifts.

My transgender peers should not have to go through such an exhausting process to be legally recognised as their de facto life role.

The Government’s response to the GRA consultation:

Will the Government’s proposed changes meet its aim of making the process “kinder and more straight forward”?


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?


Should the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria be removed?


Should there be changes to the requirement for individuals to have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years?


What is your view of the statutory declaration and should any changes have been made to it?


Does the spousal consent provision in the Act need reforming? If so, how? If it needs reforming or removal, is anything else needed to protect any rights of the spouse or civil partner?


Should the age limit at which people can apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) be lowered?

What impact will these proposed changes have on those people applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate, and on trans people more generally?

What else should the Government have included in its proposals, if anything?

Does the Scottish Government’s proposed Bill offer a more suitable alternative to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004?

Wider issues concerning transgender equality and current legislation:

Why is the number of people applying for GRCs so low compared to the number of people identifying as transgender?

Are there challenges in the way the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010 interact? For example, in terms of the different language and terminology used across both pieces of legislation.

Are the provisions in the Equality Act for the provision of single-sex and separate-sex spaces and facilities in some circumstances clear and useable for service providers and service users? If not, is reform or further guidance needed?

Does the Equality Act adequately protect trans people? If not, what reforms, if any, are needed

What issues do trans people have in accessing support services, including health and social care services, domestic violence and sexual violence services?

Are legal reforms needed to better support the rights of gender-fluid and non-binary people? If so, how?



October 2020