Legal Recognition for Transgender Children

Presented by GIRES and Trans Equality Legal Initiative.

Background: The government has launched a consultation on proposed reforms to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act (GRA). The current legislation allows transgender adults (under certain circumstances) to change their birth certificate to accurately reflect their gender identity.

Transgender children: The 2004 GRA denies trans children any route to legal gender recognition (trans children are unable to apply for an updated birth certificate until they reach the age of 18). This has had a significant negative impact on trans children. The GRA consultation provides space for feedback on the impact of the current GRA on children under Question 11: “Is there anything you want to tell us about how the current process of applying for a GRC affects those who have a protected characteristic?” (Trans children have the protected characteristic of age).

The full document is available below.

Document: Legal recognition for transgender children (PDF, 713KB)