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LGBT+ Liberal Democrats give cautious welcome to trans equality report

January 14, 2016 12:01 AM

LGBT+ Liberal Democrats today welcomed progress towards equality for trans and non-binary people, whilst cautioning that further work remains to be done to ensure the proposals are fully implemented.


LGBT+ Liberal Democrats chair Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett said "I welcome the commitment to review and continue the excellent work started out by LibDem former Minister Baroness Lynne Featherstone in her time as Minister for Equalities. We must not be complacent however, as much work remains to ensure the government acts on the recommendations of the report.

Many of the proposed reforms in the report are topics that Liberal Democrats have campaigned on for many years, including allowing "X" Gender Markers on passports and removing medical obstacles when obtaining Legal Gender Recognition. I hope that the government can also extend the work done here and look further at the issues affecting non-binary and intersex people."


Trans former parliamentary candidate Zoe O'Connell added: "Today's report is another step closer to equality for trans people, and I hope that the government will act swiftly both to resolve the breaches of the NHS's legal obligations on waiting times and to bring forward legislation on other issues without undue delay. I am however disappointed that the committee has remained timid in a number of areas, in particular failing to fully recognise the harms caused by the Spousal Veto and not endorsing the more progressive informed consent model of treatment.

LGBT+ Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for reform in these and other areas, in line with party policy."