‘Polarised’ debate on gender recognition is harming UK, says equalities chief

The departing chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has said the polarising debate around transgender rights will be damaging to the country if it continues.

A bitter argument has developed between some women’s groups and trans rights supporters over proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act that would allow trans people to change their birth certificate and have their identity legally recognised without the need for a medical diagnosis.

Isaac suggested that, on the majority of issues, there was “lots of common ground and lots of consensus that trans people shouldn’t be discriminated against”.

He added: “It’s just that we’ve got a few areas [where there is disagreement] – toilets, refuges and the age at which young people can actually begin treatment or block their hormone development – but on the rest there is real consensus, and we never talk about that.”

The government’s response to a consultation on changes to the Gender Recognition Act has been delayed for a third time.

Source: ‘Polarised’ debate on gender recognition is harming UK, says equalities chief | Transgender | The Guardian

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