Gender Recognition Act Consultation

The government is seeking views on how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and on 3 July issued a consultation. The Press Release describing the consultation, links to relevant documents and ways to respond are reproduced below. Responses are to be submitted before 11pm on 19 October 2018.

Open consultation: Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

Published 3 July 2018
From: Government Equalities Office and The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

Summary We are seeking your views on how best to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This consultation closes at 11pm on 19 October 2018

Consultation description

Trans people are able to receive legal recognition of their acquired gender through a process set out in the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004. Since the GRA came into force, only 4,910 people have legally changed their gender. This is fewer than the number of trans respondents to the government’s LGBT survey, who were clear that they wanted legal recognition but had not applied because they found the current process too bureaucratic, expensive and intrusive. The government therefore seeks your views on how to reform the legal recognition process.

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.


Ways to respond

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Gender Recognition Act Consultation" in Law & Religion UK, 4 July 2018,


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