Essential Law Guidance

Gender Recognition Act 2004

This Act of Parliament allows trans people to apply for a full Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) which changes their legal gender and provides them with a new birth certificate. There are a number of restrictions and requirements on the issuing of a full GRC, including that the trans person by not married and not in a civil partnership. A married or civilly partnered person can only get an interim GRC which allows them to end their relationship and then obtain a full GRC.

The full text of the act as listed at Gender Recognition Act 2004. Previous information regarding the Gender Recognition Act by GIRES has been moved to the Law Archive.

Guide to UK Legal Gender Recognition

How to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 see Guide to UK Legal Gender Recognition. This guide was created by UK Trans Info with support and funding from the Scottish Transgender Alliance.

Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of protected characteristics – which includes gender reassignment.

It brings together various previous legislation into a single harmonised Act of Parliament. The full text of the act as listed at Equality Act 2010.