Transgender flag waving in the air
Transgender flag waving in the air

Trans people face daily discrimination and the average wait for a first appointment with a gender clinic is 18 months, so it is vital that steps are taken to tackle discrimination and provide the services and support that people need. As a Member of Parliament, it is deeply disappointing that the Government have let trans people down and dropped their plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act in 2020. The debate around reform of the Act has been intensely fought and has caused great harm to many.

This is why I support calls to modernise the law. I was disappointed to hear that the UK Government have considered using unprecedented powers to block Scotland from using its parliamentary powers.

Further, it is unacceptable the Government is now going further to block individuals with Gender Recognition Certificates from other countries from being recognised in the UK. This will have a profound impact on individuals who would like to live and work in this country.

I have written to the Secretary and Prime Minister and I will continue to monitor this issue closely.

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