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Oppose plans to shelve reform of the Gender Recognition Act

18 June 2020

UCU has a proud history of enabling members to self-identify, including when it comes to their gender. As outlined in our statement on trans inclusion, UCU supports a social model of gender recognition which recognises that gender is not solely defined by the sex assigned at birth. We are champions of equality and welcome the increased visibility and empowerment of trans and non-binary people in our society.

We are therefore concerned by recent reports suggesting the government intends to shelve long-awaited reforms to the Gender Recognition Act. These reforms would make it easier for trans and non-binary people to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate that legally acknowledges their gender identity.

UCU's policy is clear: there should be no delay in reforming the Gender Recognition Act. We're not alone in this view - 70% of the 100,000 responses to the government's consultation supported progressive reform.

We are asking members to help us support trans rights and put pressure on the government by writing to your MP and asking them to push for these much-needed reforms to be taken forward.

Last updated: 18 June 2020