Bell v Tavistock outcome

Today’s judgment may initially appear disappointing for under-16s, but goes some way in confirming that 16 and 17 year olds are presumed to have full legal capacity to consent to medical treatment. Importantly: “Doctors can continue to prescribe puberty blocking treatment if the patient is Gillick competent. The court found that the patient must understand… Continue reading Bell v Tavistock outcome

NHS Legal Challenge to Address Trans Young People’s Waiting Times

Today the Good Law Project announced it was to launch legal action in an attempt to ensure NHS England adheres to its own 18-week maximum waiting times limit for young people accessing Gender Identity Development Services. At the moment, waiting times are as high as four years, more than just a touch over the legal… Continue reading NHS Legal Challenge to Address Trans Young People’s Waiting Times

Where we are as an organisation and as a movement

In the past few weeks, Gendered Intelligence has been able to mobilise almost 45,000 individuals to write to the Prime Minister and/or their MP. That’s not even counting people who have been writing en masse using theyworkforyou.com, and other organisations’ excellent guidance around the importance of writing to decision-makers. As much as the word has… Continue reading Where we are as an organisation and as a movement

Response to the reporting that GRA reform to be dropped

by Jay Stewart, CEO The Sunday Times front page announced today that the, “PM scraps plans to make gender change easier”. The article details alleged plans to abolish amendments to the GRA.    If true, this is deeply concerning. We need reforms to ensure all trans people have access to legal gender recognition without the… Continue reading Response to the reporting that GRA reform to be dropped

What is an irreversible decision?

As part of our newly-launched BAEB campaign, Gendered Intelligence CEO, Dr Jay Stewart has written on the idea of bodily autonomy for trans people. Who has the right to bodily autonomy? In a film called Gendernauts by Monika Treut, (1999), trans historian Susan Stryker said: It’s been a really powerful way of feeling that I’m… Continue reading What is an irreversible decision?

GI’s take on the LGB alliance: they will not divide us

On Tuesday evening, reports emerged that a new ‘LGB Alliance’ was being set up to campaign for the rights of lesbian, gay and bi people. The group excludes trans people on the grounds that gender is a social construct and LGB people are same-sex attracted not same-gender attracted. One person on Twitter announced that ‘gender… Continue reading GI’s take on the LGB alliance: they will not divide us

India’s new transgender rights bill is moving in the wrong direction

The Indian government is currently in the process of passing a piece of legislation that would drastically affect the lives of trans and gender diverse people in the country. The Transgender Persons Bill was passed by India’s lower house, the Lok Sabha, on Monday 17th December 2018 in spite of multiple protests by the community… Continue reading India’s new transgender rights bill is moving in the wrong direction

Policy Breakthroughs in 2018

2018 was a turbulent year for our community. We faced challenges from the invigorated far-right but we also saw progress all over the world. It has felt discouraging at points to see a backlash in society after the ‘Trans Tipping Point’ in 2015. Yet we still saw incredible wins in a number of areas. When… Continue reading Policy Breakthroughs in 2018

What does Scotland think about gender recognition?

The Scottish Government have released an update following their recent consultation on the Gender Recognition Act 2004 which closed in March 2018. The letter published on their website includes a brief analysis of the results to some of the key questions posed to the public. Gender recognition is a devolved area of law in Scotland… Continue reading What does Scotland think about gender recognition?