UK Tries to Give Transgender Equal Rights
Jan 14, 2016 06:43 AM EST
Britain government will try to update its law and give transgender equal legal rights. A parliament committee said that they will try to offer same and equal opportunities to transgender as everyone else.
According to UK Reuters, what transgender people experience in their daily living is very unsympathetic. It demoralizes their careers, living standards and right to use to services. The Women and Equalities Committee stated in a report that the government's performance related to the transgender people is very late. Britain is only doing something related to LGB and forgetting the T in it. Maria Miller, the committee chairwoman said Britain leads the way when it comes to many issues on LGB but not with trans issues.
She added that the evidence they are seeing are obviously problems to transgender people and their everyday lives, as stated in Yahoo News. Britain should change their law and service provision according to what the different genders need. It is lagging behind and causing considerable problems because it is out-dated. The report also said that there are countries like Netherlands, Argentina, Denmark and Ireland which has gender self-declaration. The committee made more than 30 recommendations, with moving towards 'non gender' official records, reviewing behaviour towards transgender people in prisons and solidification of hate crime legislation.
Trust.org reported that Miller said these recommendations require crucial action for everybody to live fully without worries of discriminations. The committee also talked about how National Health Service needs to widen their studies about transgender people. A transgender expert, Jay Stewart, said the report was "incredibly positive". He explained that the report was well written as it tackles the different issues while covering many aspects of changes that need to happen. He also said that this report will make the trans people feel they are not secluded but also part of the society.
A women's rights charity, Fawcett Society conducted a poll on Thursday and more than 40% of British people consider gender is not dualistic but fluid and can be conveyed as a variety of identities. Miller said the survey proved that British people are ready with the changes and will surely be okay with it. The committee wants the government to move within six months.