Likely of interest to few people, but I try to get parliamentary business about Trans issues “out there” as it’s otherwise very poorly reported.
Following a Statutory Instrument committee yesterday, the list of “approved countries and territories” under the Gender Recognition Act has been updated for the first time since the act was passed in 2005. What this basically means is that if you have gender recognition in one of these countries, you can get a UK GRC without needing all the proof and paperwork.
- Czech Republic
- the Federal District of Mexico (One state within Mexico)
- South Korea
One country has been removed – Latvia, apparently due to a “change in case law” and Serbia and Montenegro has been replaced with just Serbia due to the break up of the country.
Appearing on the list is not necessarily a good thing. The list indicates the there is what the UK government call a “proper assessment” as part of the gender recognition process – some countries don’t appear because their rules are considered laxer than ours. Latvia seems to be a good example of this as if the rough google translations are half way accurate, their current process appears to be too liberal and Trans-friendly for the UK Government.