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On Sunday 14th June, we learned that the UK government has decided to row back the progress on trans rights by ignoring a consultation whereby 70% of the respondents argued in favour of allowing people to self-identify without necessarily having to go through the medical, real-life processes and burdensome administration which is involved in the transitioning process.
However, the plans now being suggested by the UK government rejects the consultation response as a whole, and is now considering “policing” gender toilets. It’s a very regressive step and though some prominent groups have bent the ear of new Equalities Minister Liz Truss, it’s fair to say that the vast majority of the LGBT+ community are against reversing the already currently working existing laws under the (Gender Recognition Act), and that further degrading our trans friends and colleagues, marks out a new “Section 28” step (30 years since having introduced the ban of the promotion of homosexuality in 1988).
The reaction amongst the LGBT+ Community has been aghast and that constituents will be writing to MPs and Peers to lobby to stop any changes to the current laws.