You may have noticed in the news lately a bit about gender identity. The UK and the USA seem very close, yes? Well Donald Trump and Theresa May’s governments appear to have very different ideas as to when it comes to gender identity.
Donald Trump today tweeted that transgender people would no longer be welcome to serve in the US forces. The President said:
However, it seems that ‘the tremendous medical costs’ are actually quite insignificant as extreme estimates place the cost at 1/10th of what the US military is spending on erectile dysfunction. Likewise of the vast numbers of serving personnel, thought to be around 1.2 million with 800 thousand reserve, a tiny percentage of between 1,000 and 12,000 are thought to be transgender.
On the other hand, Theresa May’s Conservative government has announced plans to make it easier to correctly record their gender identity. Under these plans, birth certificates will no longer need a doctor’s diagnosis of gender dysphoria to change the sex.
Likewise non-binary individuals will be able to mark their gender as ‘X’. So whilst these plans appeared in the Labour manifesto and did not appear in the Queen’s speech, any changes to make the process less intrusive and more efficient are going to be welcome. Currently, a lot of discussions about the feelings of gender identity and the requirement to live for two years in the gender they identify as are needed before a diagnosis and treatments can be sought.
The Equalities Minister, Justine Greening, said these reforms were important.
“This Government is committed to building an inclusive society that works for everyone, no matter what their gender or sexuality, and today we’re taking the next step forward.
“We will build on the significant progress we have made over the last 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.”
To find out more about Gender Dysphoria, check out our fact page.