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Trans Brits give politicians their top two demands

Trans Brits give politicians their top two demands

British trans groups and individuals have joined together to tell politicians their top two demands in a new manifesto.

They have told all UK political parties to include specific policies promoting trans equality.

This is believed to be the first time all of these groups have joined together to have a point of view on policy in the UK.

‘Now is the time to raise trans rights as a cross-party political issue which needs government support,’ Paul Roberts, LGBT Consortium chief executive said.

Their demands are:

  • To review the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), which became law ten years ago
  • To encourage positive images of trans individuals in all Central Government publications

They have also called on politicians to send out these messages:

  • – Regard trans individuals as equal citizens with equal rights
  • – Empower trans individuals to be authorities on all aspects of their own lives
  • – Encourage diverse, representative, realistic and positive portrayals of trans individuals

Regarding the GRA, they specifically wish the spousal veto – that allows a trans person’s partner to decide whether they get permission for a gender recognition certificate – to removed. The trans lobby also wants medical requirements to be looser.

Helen Belcher, a director of Trans Media Watch and one of the drivers behind the initiative, said: ‘The huge level of support for this within the trans communities, and society’s growing understanding of the issues that face trans people, mean that we should expect continuing improvements in the way that trans people are treated.

‘My discussions with MPs and peers from all parties indicate there is support for this innovative approach.’

The trans manifesto was developed as a collaboration of groups from across the UK, including Scottish Transgender Alliance, Gendered Intelligence and National Trans Police Association.

If you would like to find out more, read Belcher’s article on Gay Star News here.