As of today, I am no longer a woman.
Today, I can be refused entry to a hospital that only operates single sex wards, despite being at a hugely increased risk of violence.
Today, I can be refused rape counselling, despite being at a hugely increased risk of sexual assault.
Today, I can be refused entry to sheltered accommodation, despite being at a hugely increased risk of domestic violence.
As of today, the Equalities Act comes into force and I am a “transsexual person”, despite holding a full Gender Recognition Certificate.
And if you think this can’t happen to you because you’re not transsexual? You don’t need to be, someone just has to believe you are – or claim to believe – and it’s perfectly legal.
Updated 3rd October 2010: For anyone not getting the point of the above, see this clarification post. There is also more background in my original Equalities Act post and the followup post from the same day.