Stephanie Davies-Arai, Founder and Director, said:
“Transgender Trend welcomes today’s announcement by Liz Truss that there will be no change to the GRA to allow gender self-ID.
“Today’s decision protects the existing rights of women and girls to privacy and safety in single-sex spaces, and maintains current checks and balances in applying for a GRC. This is critical for the safeguarding and protection of women, children and young people.
“Today’s announcement maintains the rights of trans people without denying biological reality. A system of self-ID would have reinforced the idea learned by young people online and in school that their feelings override their biological sex.
“For children confused about their identity and their developing bodies, this belief sets them on a path to social then medical transition with irreversible lifetime consequences.
“The government has recognised that current provisions within the GRA are fair and necessary, including a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. We hope that the government will now honour its commitment to ensure that under-18s are protected from making decisions that are irreversible in the future, as stated by Liz Truss in April this year.
“Since 2015 Transgender Trend has called for evidence-based healthcare for children who experience gender dysphoria and science-based education for all children in schools.
“We are calling on Liz Truss, the Equalities Office, the Department for Education and other government bodies to take the next logical step and make sure that the concept of innate ‘gender identity’ is not taught as fact to school children and that single-sex facilities are maintained in schools for the privacy and dignity of all children and the safeguarding of girls.
“If self-ID for adults has been rejected by government then children must be protected from it becoming a de facto policy in schools.”
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