Gender Reassignment (Equality Bill)

Part of Women and Equality – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office 10:30 am, 14th May 2009

Yes, the Bill provides an amended definition of gender reassignment which removes the reference to a person's being under medical supervision that exists in the current anti-discrimination law. In the Bill, the protected characteristic of gender reassignment covers transsexual people who take steps to enable them to live permanently in the opposite gender to the one assigned to them at birth. There is no requirement for them to seek medical advice or undergo any surgery or other medical intervention.

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