Ministers say they have 'no intention' of changing law that allows single-sex toilets and changing rooms. Transgender people will continue to not be legally entitled to use some single-sex spaces, the government has said. Pressure has grown for a change in the law after a series of incidents in which people self-defining as a gender that is different to their biological sex have been turned away from single-sex spaces. On other occasions, objections were raised when trans women were allowed to swim in women-only pools, and when a woman who requested a female nurse to perform her cervical smear test was treated by a transgender woman.
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UK Transgender Rights Legislation - Transgender Trend
On this page we will document and update UK transgender rights legislation. Our reasons for concern are as follows:. See the Terminology page for clarification. This is a guide for service providers, and as such, not new legislation. However, service providers will be pressured to follow these guidelines as in any cases of litigation they may be used as part of a case for discrimination.
UK Transgender Rights Legislation
Articles in the press over the weekend claimed the Government backs exclusion of trans people from public spaces. The Equality Act is still in place and will not be changed. It is illegal to have a policy of exclusion based on gender reassignment, race etc. He said two-in-five trans people have had a hate crime committed against them in the past year, and two-in-five trans young people have attempted suicide.
Transgender rights in the United Kingdom had been gaining ground since the s, with the granting of rights and protection to the transgender community. The laws pertain to areas of identity documents, marriage rights, and anti-discrimination measures in the areas of employment, education, housing, and services. Transgender people were once able to have identity documents informally amended until a ruling, which would end the practice for the following decades. After a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights against the United Kingdom UK government, the parliament passed the Gender Recognition Act of to allow people to apply to change their legal gender. Anti-discrimination measures have existed since , were strengthened in the s, to include anti-harassment wording.