Gender Recognition

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Ministers for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the extent to which government policy on gender identity conforms to the Yogyakarta Principles on human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity; and what steps she has taken to ensure that policy conforms to those principles.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The UK Government is proud of its record in protecting and advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens and in promoting equal treatment abroad.

The Yogyakarta Principles are a set of standards conceived by an independent group of human rights experts. The Principles have not been adopted by any nation state or international legislative body and the Government does not intend to undertake an assessment of the extent to which its policies conforms to them. However, our legislation, policy and practice in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality meets, or surpasses, our international commitments and human rights requirements.

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