Thank you for contacting me about transgender equality.
‘I personally cannot support what is generally known as ‘self-ID’, whereby a trans person could change their gender without some kind of legal formality.
I am, of course, fully committed to achieving equality across all aspects of our society, including for the LGBT community and transgender people. The UK has a strong record in terms of LGBT rights and human rights and I am keen for us to make the case across the globe to ensure that LGBT people, wherever they live, are safe to go about their lives without fear of crime or harassment.
I also understand that colleagues in the Government Equalities Office will be in a position to publish the response to the Gender Recognition Act consultation this summer. I do not wish to pre-empt the consultation response but will take the time to study the detail of it in due course. Sensible legislation will keep women and girls safe and I suspect that many transgender people would agree with this.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me
Sally-Ann Hart MP