Dear Prime Minister,

As an organisation committed to supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people in the UK and internationally, we’re writing to you in light of recent news reports.

We are writing to urge the government to honour its commitment to human rights, and maintain the United Kingdom’s standing as a global leader in LGBT+ issues.

We ask for continued progressive reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to allow for self-identification and recognition of transgender and non-binary people.

Under the existing GRA, trans and non-binary people struggle to gain legal recognition due to archaic evidence requirements. The plans to reform this are in line with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s LGBT UN Resolutions, and would allow persons to access the documentation needed to protect an array of other rights that may be otherwise be tampered with.

We have serious concerns that the current government plans to exclude trans women from women-only spaces. There is a wealth of research indicating that such regressive measures put trans and non-binary people at risk for violence and no evidence that the current inclusion puts women at risk.

The Human Rights Council outlines several key obligations for protecting the human rights of LGBT+ people. Failure to reform the GRA and explicit exclusion of trans women from women-only spaces is a breach of the following three international standards:

  • Protect individuals from homophobic and transphobic violence.
  • Repeal laws criminalizing homosexuality and transgender people.
  • Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

We trust the government will adhere to its own progress, and remain in compliance with international standards to ensure all members of our society are protected and treated with respect.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss this further and we hope that we can continue to be part of conversations about the future of trans equality in the UK, working together to make progress for the trans community.

Kind regards,

Roisin Wood
CEO, Kick It Out