Horsham Liberal Democrats are asking residents to write to their MP to fight against a threat to rights that LGBT+ people have only just gained.
After a decade of progress with the Gender Recognition Act introduced by Labour and the Equal Marriage Act from the Coalition government, Eris Yeates, Horsham & Crawley Liberal Democrats Diversity Officer, is warning that the current Conservative government is bowing to anti-trans pressure.
Conservative Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss discussed reforms of the Gender Recognition Act in a virtual session of a select committee on 22 April.
Whilst not directly concerning the Act, Truss said she wanted to ensure “under 18s are protected from decisions that they could make, that are irreversible in the future”.
Leading LGBT rights charity Stonewall said the comments were concerning because they imply trans people are “impressionable, vulnerable and don’t understand themselves.”
And Mermaids, a charity that supports trans and gender-diverse children, young people and their families, warned that restricting medical treatment such as puberty blockers to young trans people would introduce “a new form of inequality into British medical practice.”
A spokesperson for Mermaids said: “We are concerned that these comments signify an intention in Government to make it more difficult for transgender and gender-diverse teenagers to make informed decisions about their own bodies.”
We are also concerned about Truss’ references to “check and balances” on access to single-sex services. Trans people have been using services that match their gender for years and these comments appear to be a threat to this.
Eris Yeates is urging members to raise their concerns with their MP.
She says: “As we have seen recently in other countries, trans people, because of their low numbers and historic marginalisation, have become the focus for driving stake through LGBT+ rights.
“We need our public servants to support everyone, according to their legitimate needs, including trans people.
“The easiest way to stop the marginalisation of trans people is to write to your MP, it's quick, easy and it works!”
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