Charity warns about ID delay affecting sexual health of trans people

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Sexual health charities wrote a joint letter to the Scottish government warning that sexual health of transgender individuals is under threat as long as the Gender Recognition Act is not approved and they are unable to receive the appropriate IDs without a medical proof of their transgender status. The first consultation on gender recognition was open from 9 November 2017 to 1 March 2018, receiving 15,697 responses. The government has previously announced that the GRA was not going to be reformed immediately and it was required to wait for the next round of consultations, which is planned to be held by the end of this year. But the activists and charity campaigners feel that not all transgender Scotts actually have this time. The letter was jointly written by Waverley Care, Scottish Drugs Forum, the Terrence Higgins Trust, HIV Scotland and LGBT Health and Wellbeing and was addressed to Shirley-Anne Somerville, the social security and older people secretary. They wrote that the medical requirements trans people are subjected to are often harmful and humiliating. “GRA reform is a key step in addressing the marginalization of trans and non-binary communities, by allowing people to more easily gain legal recognition of their gender identity,” the letter continues, “By reducing the marginalization trans and non-binary people face, GRA reform would enable better access to sexual health services and assist our organizations’ work to reduce HIV transmissions.”

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