Written evidence submitted by Ms Dawn Hayes [GRA1686]
Question: Will the Government’s proposed changes meet its aim of making the
process “kinder and more straight forward”?
It's a start. It's a small help in the long road to recognition. It is
nowhere near everything we want or need. It it not enough.
Question: 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?
If a fee *must* be charged, it should be a administrative amount only. This
is people's lives you are charging for
Question: Should the requirement for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria be
Yes, as not everyone gets or feels dysphoria. Many only know it due to
gender euphoria (Joy at being recognised as the right gender) The diagnosis
of dysphoria is overly clinical and is dependant on having a trans friendly
GIC doctor and trans friendly GP, and any other factors. Any one of them
could play the bad faith actor and block a diagnosis purely because they
want to if ti suited their wants.
Question: Should there be changes to the requirement for individuals to
have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years?
Yes. I am living and attempting to exist as a woman. I do not "pass" and I
cannot do so publically for long as, given the climate of anti-trans
activism that the Minister for Women, many forms of print media and
several "celebrities" have supported, transpeople have a very hard time
Who decides when the 2 years begins? Who decides what counts as "living as
acquired gender"? My gender is not acquired. My gender is who I have always
been secretly, unknowingly, hidden.
Question: What is your view of the statutory declaration and should any
changes have been made to it?
A Stat declaration is time, and effort to put on a show so a nameless panel
can judge if you are "other gender" enough to be considered that gender
These are people who do not know you, cannot know you, who cannot be
identified, and can only go off paperwork to decide. Again, the chances of
bias from them are high.
Question: 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?
Yes, yes they should. A trans person's life is their own, this veto could
effective make a person beholden to another if the spouse is unsupportive.
It's yet another person who needs to be on side before a trans person
can "complete" and be recognised as who they are.
Question: Should the age limit at which people can apply for a GRC be
16 is the age of consent, so that would line up as the natural default age,
however that also would require that laws be altered to grant ability to
self determine with out overrule from parents/guardians.
Question: What impact will these changes have on those people applying for
a GRC, and on trans people more generally?
They're a start. They might help in small amounts. Putting it all online,
while making it more a data security issue would remove a lot of the
in-person faceless panel fears, but turn them to entirely anonymous
faceless person fears.
The fee reduction is helpful, make it a nominal value if anything is needed
as trans folk are more likely to be unemaployed due to transitioning and
The new GIC will help as currently the NHS and the givernment are in
serious breech of waiting list guidelines for first appointment and follow
ups with transfolk, and that's even nowithstanding the wait list and hoop
jumping required to get to medical and surgical intervention should that be
wanted by the trans person
Question: What else should the Government have included in its proposals,
Yes, non binary folk need the same rights. They are caught in the same bind
binary trans folk are and have even less recognition than binary transfolk
Self declarations would be a major step forward, however the legal backing
on it needs to be made robost and able to withstand attack from anti-trans
agitators and their supporters as they invariably will be attacked with the
usual spurious claims, lies and misleads
The GICs need more resources, more capacity and less red tape to be able to
do their job and keep Transfolk safe and healthy. It's either put
*everything* on the GIC or take it all away, close them and have GPs take
over the duty of care for trans folk as they *should* have the more
personal contact with the person anyways.
Question: Does the Scottish Government’s proposed Bill offer a more
suitable alternative to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004?
Yes. This is a significant improvement on the E&W method right now.
It is still not perfect and still requires proof from the trans person, but
it is a start
Question: Why is the number of people applying for GRCs so low compared to
the number of people identifying as transgender?
Time, funds, the sheer amount of paperwork and hoops needed to jump
through, the referrals from GP, and assessments, and then having to prove
it all to a namless panel who do not know you at all.
The GRC as it stands is a excess of time and waste for a simple
Question: Are there challenges in the way the Gender Recognition Act 2004
and the Equality Act 2010 interact?
When trans people talk about the GRA we know what we are talking about. The
right to be recognised as our gender and have that reflected in birth
When anyone who is not trans allied talks about it, they are likely
conflating it with the Equality act which allows trans women to
access "womens" spaces such as bathrooms because we are women, so we should
Note, at this point, that trans men never factor into this argument as the
anti-trans agistators never care about trans men as they still say they are
women, while trans women are men according to them.
Anti-trans agitators want the eqaulity act repealed and are using the GRA
reforms to do this as a stepping stone. They do not care about the GRA,
they care about stopping trans folk from existing.
Question: 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?
As they stand they are workable. Just about.
They need more clarity to explicitly state the ruling that trans women are
allowed access to these spaces and facilities. As mentioned on the
previous question, the Eqaulity act is being used to discriminate against
trans women when it was designed to include us.
Question: Does the Equality Act adequately protect trans people? If not,
what reforms, if any, are needed?
The EA does not specifically include non binary folk. It needs reforms to
expand and include them to give them the same protections the EA is meant
to afford all trans folk.
Question: What issues do trans people have in accessing support services,
including health and social care services, domestic violence and sexual
DV and SV services are very gender specific, which means that anti-trans
agitators like to shout that trans women should not have access to them as
they consider trans women to be men.
Similarly for other services, if the service provider is not trans friendly
then they can and will discriminate against trans folk and mis gender us
and place us in with the wrong gender grouping.
Question: Are legal reforms needed to better support the rights of
gender-fluid and non-binary people? If so, how?
Currently, there is very little in the way of ruling or legal cover for GF
and NB people. They count under the overall trans umbrella and so the
protections and right needed by trans folk are needed by them too, but in a
way more specific and explicit to them so they get the rights they deserve