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Commit to not amending the Equality Act's definition of sex

Submitted by Anna Mary Seale on Thursday 10th November 2022

Published on Tuesday 15th November 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Monday 15th May 2023

Current Signatures: 7,771
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Access ~ Chang ~ COMMITTING ~ Equal ~ Equality Act ~ Gender ~ hospitality ~ Medic ~ Remove ~ Reported ~ Spaces ~ The Government ~ Trans ~ trans people

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Commit to not amending the Equality Act's definition of sex

Petition Details

It has been reported that the Government may amend the Equality Act to "make it clear that sex means biological sex rather than gender." The Government has previously committed to not remove legal protections for trans people, an already marginalised group, but this change would do so.

Additional Information

Currently, the Act protects trans people from discrimination on the basis of both sex and “gender reassignment”, regardless of whether they have undergone medical transition or hold a Gender Recognition Certificate. It can allow trans people to access single-sex spaces such as DV shelters, bathrooms and hospital wards.

The proposed change would remove a legal protection for trans people and encourage discrimination. We ask the Government to refuse this change to the Equality Act 2010.


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