Trans author Laura Kate Dale has given a masterclass in the UK on the Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) and trans rights, and it’s fantastic.
Dale weighed in on further discussions around the GRC after the UK government blocked Scotland’s landmark gender reform bill on Tuesday (January 17).she is in a downing street protest Condemn the Conservative government’s decision, then stop by BBC Studios to talk about the misrepresentation of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Act (GRR), the Equality Act and the GRCs.
Scottish minister Alister Jack said he believed the legislation would have a detrimental effect on equality law in the UK, prompting him to use section 35 of the Scottish Act to prevent it from becoming law.
However, he later doesn’t even define what GRC is And how it will affect the Equality Act – spoiler alert, it doesn’t.
With so much misinformation floating around, Dell gives the perfect breakdown What is GRC And how it affects the lives of trans people who have access to documents.
“In the UK, if you want to marry as a transgender person, you have to have a gender recognition certificate,” Dyer said.
She continued: “For me, this is an example that I want to get married, I don’t want to have to write sir and male on my wedding day, it’s supposed to be one of the most feminine days of my life, and I Loved ones get married.
“At the end of the day, gender recognition certificates really only affect three things.
“It’s who you can marry as, who you’re buried with when you die – what name and gender is on your death certificate – and some things related to taxes and pensions.
“Mainly a certificate of gender identification, which is important so that when a person gets married they can identify who they are, and when they die, their family cannot override their wishes and bury them as someone else.”
BBC Radio4’s PM presenter, Evan Davis, clarified that the GRC was “proof of identity, not a license to do X, Y or Z”.
“It’s about effectiveness and about people you don’t overlook,” Dale explains.
She continued: “On my wedding day, in my beautiful white gown, not having to say I’m male on this day, write sir on the certificate, my marriage certificate will always say sir.
“It’s about trusting that if I die, I won’t be buried as a male when I die. It’s pretty minimal paperwork.”
Davies then asked if “the Scots made it too easy to get GRCs”, to which Dale replied no, because GRCs “do not affect anyone other than the people who get them”.
“To explain my own situation, I already had a passport saying I was female about eight years before I got my gender recognition certificate,” Dyer said.
“All my bank cards, all my letters that come to my address are addressed to me. I’m legally recognized as transgender without a gender-identifying certificate.”
Dyer explained that equality laws “recognize transgender people as transgender people” and do not require individuals to have a GRC in order to receive this protection.
“If you say you’re trans, if you change your name, if you declare yourself trans, we already have a situation in the UK where you are legally protected as a trans person,” Dale said.
This Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill And the GRC will not affect the Equality Act.
The measure, which received overwhelming support at Holyroodhouse in December, removes barriers transgender people face when applying to the GRC. This includes removing the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, reducing the amount of time individuals must live in their acquired gender, and lowering the minimum age for applicants from 18 to 16.
As Dale mentioned before, the GRC allows trans people to change their birth certificates to legally recognize their acquired gender.
It also allows transgender people to be recognized as their acquired gender on their marriage and partner documents, and to list their correct gender on their death certificates.
as prime minister Rich Sunak and Labor leader Keir Starmer said they were “concerned” about how Scottish legislation would affect the Equality Act.
The UK government used a section 35 order under the Scottish Act for the first time to prevent the GRR Bill from becoming law. It is the first time such an order has been used since Scotland was devolved.
LGBTQ+ advocates slam the move, warning the decision marks a “New beginning” Great Britain as a Union.
Dale told PinkNews that she was “really relieved how many trans allies, particularly Scottish trans allies” attended Tuesday’s protest outside Downing Street.
“There is a real sense of solidarity in the fact that the trans community recognizes how the Scots legal system is broken, while at the same time they can see that the trans community is being used as a political weapon and a fear-mongering tactic,” Dyer said. “In this case, both of our groups are screwed, and that solidarity is a good motivator.”
Dyer said it was also “incredibly powerful” to hear about another Downing Street protest on Wednesday (January 19).
However, she expressed disappointment at the “frustrating lack of fundamental understanding or willingness to acknowledge” the GRC had made in the House of Commons debate on the blocked GRR Bill.
“At best, many of the people who pushed to block the bill had no idea what it actually did and didn’t do,” she said.
She added: “At worst, they will deliberately pretend they don’t know what impact it has, because admitting how much it impacts is tantamount to admitting that it’s not about protecting anyone, it’s about punishing the trans community and depriving the transgender community. We are right.
“Alister Jack in particular is a good example of someone who either didn’t know what he was arguing for, or avoided acknowledging what he knew about the actual impact of the GRA.