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GMB Backs Gender Recognition Reforms

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

GMB BACKS GENDER RECOGNITION REFORMS TO END ‘HUMILIATION’ OF TRANS MEMBERS

Union says it’s time to ‘take a step forward’ to ensure the rights of all workers are protected

GMB, Britain’s general union, will today formally back a move to reform lengthy, humiliating and intrusive gender recognition practices.

Today at TUC Congress, GMB’s President Barbara Plant will speak in support of moves to change the Gender Recognition Act to protect the rights of trans* [1] people to self-declare their gender identity.

Barbara Plant, GMB National President, will says:

“Our trans members face a lengthy, humiliating and intrusive process in order to obtain a birth certificate that confirms who they already are.

“Self-declaration provides a process that allows our members to be treated with dignity and respect.

“Equality for trans people doesn't take away anyone else's rights. It’s time to put an end to these outdated practices and take  a step forward to ensure the rights of all people are protected.”

ENDS

Contact:  Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] The use of asterisk after the word trans, denotes trans as an umbrella term including non-binary identities and the wider gender variant community

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