Written evidence submitted by A Member of the Public [GRA1871]

 

I would like to raise concerns on Self Identification.  In the UK, increasingly questions are being asked about access to women's spaces - and it does go much further than bathrooms. 

 

1) Specifically, what is the factor or transition point that gives access to women's spaces?  (The wearing of certain clothes? A certain medical intervention? Is it a full time commitment? Is a Gender Recognition Certificate required? etc)   Particularly if we are saying as below 'many may not appear to be trans' and 'identity is fluid and can change over time'.

 

2) If we are giving some males access to female spaces, what is the impact on females?

 

 

If we think about the reality of any male bodied person being able to simply identify as a woman in relation to all women's spaces we need to consider:

In the UK we already have prisoners (without gender recognition certificates) that have been moved into the women's estate to be confined with females and guarded by female guards.  We know statistically in the UK that 95% of our prison population are male, 98% of convicted sex offenders are male, 90% of sex abuse victims are female (statistics which suggest that a robust gender recognition certificate program might be sensible) .

 

If anyone can pick a space on the basis of gender identity, we are making all spaces mixed sex.  We are removing our ability to even raise questions. 

 

I am confident there are ways to support the needs of the transgender community, but I don't think self ID is the best way to do this. 

 

November 2020