Written evidence submitted by Miss Michelle Dibble (GRA0099)
Terms of reference
The Government’s response to the GRA consultation:
No change is needed to simplify. The GRC is too much of an important document to hand out to all in sundry.
The fee should be retained. If it is important enough to want a GRC, then the fee is worth paying. If on benefits, I believe the fee will can be waivered.
No, definitely not. The GRC 2004, is intended for sufferers of GD (Transsexualism) and a diagnosis is essential otherwise you are making a mockery of the suffering and long fight carried out by transsexuals to get the GRA 2004 put into UK law.
No. The two years shows that the applicant is genuine and gives a chance to commence on the medical pathway.
The statutory declaration is a legal declaration that you will continue to live in your new sex for the rest of your life. I believe that it is an essential part to be awarded your GRC.
The applicant has the opportunity to get a divorce. When I applied for my GRC, there was no option, I had to be divorced. It is right that the applicant gets spousal consent because the marriage would otherwise become a same sex marriage; not all partners would want that.
No. Under 18 years old, you cannot be 100% certain.
It should have no effect because, (unless they are transsexuals, who need to have surgery and cross sex hormone therapy), they should not be allowed to apply for a GRC. The GRA 2004 was fought for by Transsexuals for Transsexuals.
The Government should make it absolutely clear that applicants for a GRC, must be genuine Transsexuals that are transitioning and are or will be on the medical pathway.
We do not need an alternative.
Wider issues concerning transgender equality and current legislation:
It is estimated that there is possible up to 500,000 transgendered, whereas there are only about 7000 transsexuals, the only ones that are qualified to apply, so about 5000 GRC’s are what you would expect; a good take up.
Generally, the GRA 2004 is compatible with the Equality Act 2010 and precedes it. Where there would be problems is, if the GRA 2004 were to be watered down and the whole of the transgendered, about half a million of them, and they were allowed to self declare, then it would become incompatible and put women and girls at risk, in safe single sex spaces. The GRC states “for all purposes”.
As the GRA 2004 the Equality Act 2010 are at the moment, they are compatible but weaken the GRA, by watering it down and the Equality Act 2010, becomes useless. Basically, you will be letting potentially, up to half a million men in dresses into women’s safe spaces.
Yes, but the trans people (not Transsexuals) want more without working for it.
This is a post code lottery. Some areas are better than others. When I was trying to gain access to a Gender clinic on the NHS, the wait was about 18 months; I believe that it is even longer now. In the end I went private. Again, health and social care services, domestic violence and sexual violence services are a post code lottery.
I don’t really know, are these a genuine condition? Not that long ago, there were only transsexuals and transvestites; now there seems to be a new gender every week.