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Consultation to change UK’s Gender Recognition Act delayed until 2018

Consultation to change UK’s Gender Recognition Act delayed until 2018

Justine Greening on Question Time in 2017

The UK government’s plans to consult on the Gender Recognition Act led by Justine Greening have been delayed.

The consultation would potentially give adults the right to change gender without a doctor’s approval.

British Conservative politician Greening said in July that the government would consult on the matter in the autumn.

But this has now been pushed back to at least early next year, according to The Sunday Times.

The newspaper furthermore cites claims of Greening getting ‘cold feet’ on the issue. It also reports that’s she’s privately admitted gender recognition is ‘complex’ and ‘divisive.’

The 48-year-old currently serves as the Secretary of State for Education. She is also Minister for Women and Equalities, holding both posts since 2016.

‘We need to factor in responses to the first ever national LGBT survey’

A source close to Greening said: ‘We need to factor in responses to the first ever national LGBT survey, which will take a bit of time as it has had over 100,000 responses.’

The Member of Parliament for Putney came out as gay at Pride in London in 2016.

Gay Star News has approached the minister for comment.