Media giants sign open letter urging government to honour gender law reform

Media giants sign open letter urging government to honour gender law reform
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Posted on 14 Jul 2020

Media giants including Disney and Sky have signed an open letter urging Boris Johnson to make good on the Tory government commitment to reform the 2004 Gender Recognition Act (GRA).


The letter, which was organised by InterMedia, an LGBT+ network group for people working across the media, comes in response to recent reports that the government is considering ditching its reform plans, and is also considering banning trans people from women-only spaces.

The letter reads: “As it stands, the UK is a global leader in LGBT+ equality - and the government has been right to work closely with businesses to advance equality on the world stage.


“We all strive to be trans-inclusive organisations and believe that a diverse workforce, including trans employees, offers greater business success.

“With this in mind, we would be opposed to any policy or legislation changes that impact the trans community negatively.


“Trans people have always been able to use single-sex facilities that match their gender, and the Equality Act 2010 codified this.

“Additionally, it has been widely reported that the 2018 public consultation on GRA reform shows up to 70 per cent of respondents agreed that it was appropriate to remove additional barriers to trans people being able to identify and live authentically.


“Failing to honour the government’s commitment to implement the consultation findings, and even increasing restrictions on trans people’s ability to live authentically, benefits no one.

“It would mean changes to working environments that would make it hard for trans and non-binary people to focus on their work, preventing them from being able to travel safely, and inhibiting them from operating in society.


“We hope that we can continue to be part of discussion about the future of trans equality in the UK, working together to make progress for the trans community and ensure our businesses maintain the diverse perspectives that help make us successful.”

 

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