Protect single sex spaces
In 2018 the UK government set out a consultation on reforming the 2004 Gender Recognition Act asking the public and interested parties to comment on whether or not the process of legally changing one’s sex ought to be simplified and made easier.
Currently, individuals who wish to change their gender must have two medical reports confirming a diagnosis of gender dysphoria AND demonstrate that they have undergone a social transition and lived in their ‘acquired gender’ for a minimum of two years.
One of the government’s proposals was self-ID which would sweep away these current safeguarding measures. Self ID would allow for anyone who wants to be known as a different sex, for whatever reason, to simply go online and fill out a form in order for this change to take place, irrespective of whether or not they are currently attempting to live as a member of the opposite sex.
It is important to remember that biological sex can never be changed.
If self-ID is brought into law, it will have the following effects:
The downgrading of objective truth, whereby biological sex is reduced to nothing more than a subjective personal feeling.
The protections within the Equality Act against sex-based discrimination will be removed, affecting things like equal pay.
Accurate record-keeping, necessary for public health and social science and planning, will be made impossible.
Single-sex spaces for women and girls would effectively be outlawed. Anyone who claimed to identify as a woman, regardless of their appearance or physical genitalia, would be able to access female-only spaces and facilities.
There are clearly so many dangers if self-ID is allowed to come into force. Firstly for women and girls, especially those from religious minorities who will be forced to withdraw from public life if they are not allowed to keep biological males out of their intimate spaces.
If self-ID is allowed, there would be nothing to prevent men seeking to occupy women’s refuges and prisons (as has already been the case), as well as access female toilets and changing rooms and it is likely that women’s sport could become obsolete as men choose to compete in women’s categories, where they enjoy a physical advantage.
Just as important, removing the various medical and psychological checks and balances currently in place, also puts transsexuals and those with gender dysphoria at risk.
In April Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities said that she would protect single-sex spaces for women and girls and maintain the current checks and balances in the system for transgender individuals.
The government was due to announce on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act in July 2020, but has now delayed this announcement until at least the end of Summer.
It is likely that Liz Truss has come under significant pressure from the LGBT lobby following her previous statement. Please sign our petition, asking the minister to keep her promise and protect single-spaces for women and girls.
Liz Truss speech to Women and Equalities Select Committee April 2020 - https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/minister-for-women-and-equalities-liz-truss-sets-out-priorities-to-women-and-equalities-select-committee