Gender Reassignment Equality

This is a process of transitioning from one gender to another.

This defines the protected characteristic of gender reassignment for the purposes of the Act as where a person has proposed, started or completed a process to change his or her sex.  A transsexual person has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.

It explains that a reference to people who have or share the common characteristic of gender reassignment is a reference to all transsexual people.  A woman making the transition to being a man and a man making the transition to being a woman both share the characteristic of gender reassignment, as does a person who has only just started out on the process of changing his or her sex and a person who has completed the process.

Examples:

•A person who was born physically male decides to spend the rest of his life living as a woman.  He declares his intention to his manager at work, who makes appropriate arrangements, and she then starts life at work and home as a woman.  After discussion with her doctor and a Gender Identity Clinic, she starts hormone treatment and after several years she goes through gender reassignment surgery.  She would have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment for the purposes of the Act

•A person who was born physically female decides to spend the rest of her life as a man.  He starts and continues to live as a man.  He decides not to seek medical advice as he successfully ‘passes’ as a man without the need for any medical intervention.  He would have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment for the purposes of the Act.

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Gender Reassignment Equality – useful links

The Beaumont Society – Aims to expel myths about transgendered people and offers a support group and network. The society promotes the better understanding of the conditions of transgender, transvestism and gender dysphoria.

ACAS – Promoting employment relations.

EHRC – A review of access to NHS gender reassignment services (England only).