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Gender Recognition

Question for Women and Equalities

UIN 890, tabled on 12 May 2021

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if her Department will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) making non-binary a legally recognised gender identity and (b) including non-binary as an option under the Gender Recognition Panel (GRP)/ Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).

Answered on

21 May 2021

The Government acknowledges that some citizens identify as non-binary. However, as set out in the response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation, there are no plans to make changes to the 2004 Act.

Following a considerable amount of consultation with the public and representative organisations, the Government decided that the current provisions within the GRA allow for those that wish to legally change their sex to do so. The GRA provides a means for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificate, but there is currently no provision for those who do not identify solely as male or as female.

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