At present, people need to diagnose gender dysphoria - a condition, in which the biological gender and personality of a person do not match. The Minister for Gender Equality, Justine Greening, says that she wants to reform the Law on the Recognition of Gender for 2004 to make this process less intrusive.
A group of LGBT activists Stonewall claims that the current system "humiliates and violates" their rights. The law of 2004 states that people who want to change their legal gender must apply for a certificate of recognition of gender. It is issued by the Commission for the Recognition of Gender, a judicial body that legally determines which gender will be more inherent in the person. In addition to diagnosing gender dysphoria, the person applying must provide evidence that he or she is in transition period for at least two years.
"Our government is committed to creating an inclusive society that works for all, regardless of their gender or sexuality. And we are going to take the next step forward. We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, overcoming some of the historical prejudices that still remain in our laws. And we will give LGBT people the right to participate in matters that affect their interests," - said Justine Greering.
Statistics show that from January to March 2017, 112 people applied to change their gender, and 88% of them received a certificate. The Minister for Gender Equality noted that when it was first introduced, the law on recognizing gender differences was "advanced" in the world, but now it needs to be updated. According to her, consultations on the law will begin in the fall.