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UK Government Doesn’t Plan On Recognising Non-Binary As Legal Gender Identity

The UK government had no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity.
The UK government had no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity. Credit: Pexels

The UK government has no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity, a statement from the Cabinet Office has revealed. 

It’s been argued by the government that if it was included within the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) there would be numerous complications.

The statement reads: “The Government noted that there were complex practical consequences for other areas of the law, service provision and public life if provision were to be made for non-binary gender recognition in the GRA. 

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The UK government had no plans to recognise non-binary as a legal gender identity.
The UK government has revealed in a statement that there are currently no plans to include non-binary as an official gender as a part of the Gender Recognition Act.  Credit: Pexel

“In UK law individuals are considered to be the sex that is registered on their birth certificate – either male or female.

“The GRA provides a means for transgender people to change the sex on their birth certificate, but there is currently no provision for those who do not identify as male or female.”

The response comes after a petition was launched, in which people are arguing the government needs to be more inclusive.

In total, over 136,000 people signed for the change. 

“By recognising non-binary as a valid gender identity, it would aid in the protection of non-binary individuals against transphobic hate crimes and would ease gender dysphoria experienced by non-binary people,” the petition’s description read.

A review of the GRA in 2018 revealed that 58% of people within the UK believe non-binary people should be included in the legislation.

Currently, Denmark, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, and Nepal allow citizens to be recognised as non-binary on legal documentation, according to Equal Recognition.

In parts of the US and Canada, non-binary people can also opt to identify as ‘X’.

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