Standing up for transsexual rights

We are transsexual people deeply concerned about the proposed removal of safeguards from the Gender Recognition Act.

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Transsexuals are worried about their rights being challenged under new legislation

We are transsexual people deeply concerned about the proposed removal of safeguards from the Gender Recognition Act. Replacing the evidenced-based process for obtaining a gender recognition certificate with an over-the-counter style self-declaration blurs the distinction between us and transgender people who remain physically intact. This is problematic when such male-bodied people, including sexual fetishists, demand the rights afforded to women as a protected sex, including access to their private spaces.

Transsexual people undergo a meaningful transition, including hormone therapy and surgery. We fear that these proposals will not only put women’s rights at risk but also damage our credibility in society. We are already seeing our right to define as “transsexual” being challenged by transgender activists who seek to remove this distinction. We call on politicians to show courage and facilitate dialogue valuing all affected groups. We absolutely condemn all attempts to suppress this debate.


Kristina Harrison, Debbie Hayton, Amanda Dee, Rhona de Jong, Jaycee Dove, Ashlee Kelly, Kay M, Rachel Maton, Leanne Mills, Fionne Orlander, Jenny Seed, Isobel Sheldon, Miranda Yardley and four others

* This letter from myself and 16 others was published by The Guardian on 5 May 2018:  Standing up for transsexual rights

Author: Debbie Hayton

Physics teacher and trade unionist.

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