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Do not change the meaning of “sex” in the Equality Act 2010.

Submitted on Tuesday 15th November 2022

Rejected on Friday 18th November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Do not change the meaning of “sex” in the Equality Act 2010.

Petition Details

There are currently discussions revolving around changing the definition of “sex” in the Equality Act 2010 to make it distinct from gender. The current wording of the Equality Act 2010 must not be changed as to do so would be catastrophic for the safety of vulnerable people.

Additional Information

The current wording of the Equality Act provides protection for trans people to use the correct public facilities and spaces, such as toilets. Changing the wording to differentiate between cis and trans people purely serves to put trans people in danger, it does not protect cis women and girls from predators.

For example, this would make it illegal for trans women to use women’s toilets, which would actively make us less safe and force us away from public life in order to protect ourselves.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

You are more likely to get action on this issue if you sign and share a single petition.

You may wish to sign this petition which calls for the same action: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/627984

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