Reform of the Gender Recognition Act

Closed 21 Oct 2018

Opened 3 Jul 2018


Thank you to everyone who responded to the Gender Recognition Act consultation. As of 12 noon on Monday 22 October, this consultation is now closed. The Government Equalities Office will be considering all responses carefully.

Please note – we are aware that the closing date on the left hand side of this page states 21 October. This is due to a technical glitch. We continued to receive responses throughout the morning of 22 October and please be assured that any response completed before noon on 22 October has been recorded and will be included in analysis.

This consultation seeks your views on how best to reform the process of changing one’s legal gender. The consultation focuses on the Gender Recognition Act 2004. We are not proposing any amendments to the Equality Act 2010.

This consultation does not consider the question of whether trans people exist, whether they have the right to legally change their gender, or whether it is right for a person of any age to identify with another gender, or with no gender. Trans and non-binary people are members of our society and should be treated with respect. Trans people already have the right to legally change their gender, and there is no suggestion of this right being removed. This consultation simply asks how best Government might make the existing process under the Gender Recognition Act a better service for those trans and non-binary people who wish to use it.

To make the process of filling in the online consultation easier, we recommend first downloading and reading the full consultation document (PDF), before starting the online survey. 

Having started the online survey questions, you can save your answers and come back to it later.

You don't have to answer all of the questions. You can choose the ones that apply to you, or are important for you. Leave answers to the questions you don't want to respond to open.

Download the consultation document HERE (English version).
Download the consultation document HERE (Welsh version).
Download the easy read version HERE.
Download the Public Sector Equality Duty assessment HERE.

What happens next

After the consultation closes, the responses will be analysed. The Government will then publish a report summarising the responses, setting out our analysis of what they mean and indicating what action the Government intends to take as a consequence.


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