Gender Recognition Act consultation deadline extended after site crashes
The public consultation for the government’s proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) has been extended to noon on Monday (October 22), after several people reported struggling to get on to the site.
The issue has since been addressed by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) on its official Twitter account.
“Some people are having difficulty accessing the GRA consultation due to a high number of submissions,” the Women and Equalities Office wrote in a statement.
“We are ensuring everyone can take part by extending the deadline to noon Monday 22 Oct.”
The government has previously said it wants to de-medicalise the process to legally change genders.
This means it could introduce a self-identification system, which is used in other countries like the Republic of Ireland, Norway and Denmark.
Currently, trans people have to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate—after being medically diagnosed with gender dysphoria and proving that they have lived in their “acquired gender” for at least two years—in order to legally change gender.
Trans campaigners have criticised the process for being overly bureaucratic, intrusive and dehumanising.
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