Statement appears to threaten trans bathroom access.
Apr. 23 2020
Britain’s new Equality Minister Liz Truss has announced a major government policy change on trans rights, banning transition before the age of 18.
Her statement may also be the start of an attack on trans people being able to use the right bathrooms and changing rooms.
Truss made the statement to the UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Select Committee. Her comments came as the UK Parliament got back to work yesterday with MPs speaking online from their homes.
In it, she said the government would finally be updating the Gender Recognition Act this summer.
The current law dates from 2004. And the Conservative government has been promising to update it for several years. They ran an extensive public consultation in 2018. But further progress stalled in 2019 as the UK parliament imploded over Brexit.
Trans people initially believed the act would make it easier to change gender. But since it went up for debate, new anti-trans voices have emerged in UK media and social media.
Truss’ statement on trans rights
Truss told the Women and Equalities Select Committee yesterday that they would be putting forward their plans for the Gender Recognition Act by the summer. She said:
‘There are three very important principles that I will be putting place.
‘First of all, the protection of single-sex spaces, which is extremely important.
‘Secondly making sure that transgender adults are free to live their lives as they wish without fear of persecution, whilst maintaining the proper checks and balances in the system.
‘Finally, which is not a direct issue concerning the Gender Recognition Act, but is relevant, making sure that the under 18s are protected from decisions that they could make, that are irreversible in the future.
‘I believe strongly that adults should have the freedom to lead their lives as they see fit, but I think it’s very important that while people are still developing their decision-making capabilities that we protect them from making those irreversible decisions.’