Trans Rights in the 2019 Election Manifestos – Beth Desmond


This article breaks down policies in the major parties’ manifestos which concern either trans rights directly, or issues around LGBT+ rights and gender equality which are also likely to particularly benefit trans people.

I’ll update this as the manifestos come out, so let me know if I’ve missed a manifesto or there’s a relevant policy which isn’t in here!

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Gender Recognition Act/Marriage

Liberal Democrats:
– “Removing the spousal veto”
– “Allowing those marriages that were dissolved solely due to the Gender Recognition process to be retrospectively restored.”
– “Complete reform of the Gender Recognition Act to remove the requirement for medical reports, scrap the fee and recognise non-binary gender identities.”

Greens:
– “Remove the spousal veto so that married trans people can acquire their gender recognition certificate without having to obtain permission from their spouse.”
– “Update the Gender Recognition Act to allow trans youth and non-binary people to get legal recognition through self-declaration.”

Equality

Liberal Democrats:
– “Introduce an ‘X’ gender option on passports and extend equality law to cover gender identity and expression.”
– “Legislate to allow all-BAME and all-LGBT+ shortlists.”

Greens:
– “We will also change the law so an X gender marker can be added to passports for non-binary and intersex people who wish to use it”

Brighton Trans Pride 2019

Children and Youth

Liberal Democrats:
– “Tackle bullying in schools, including bullying on the basis of gender, sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression, by promoting pastoral leadership in schools and delivering high-quality sex and relationships education.”
– “Require inclusive school uniform policies that are gender-neutral and fexible enough to suit diferent budgets, and provide training for school staf on how to review and improve their uniform policies.”
– “Teaching about sexual consent, LGBT+ relationships, and issues surrounding explicit images and content will be included in RSE.”

Greens:
– “Properly fund training to support the delivery of comprehensive, ageappropriate Personal Health and Sexual Education (PHSE) lessons in schools covering all aspects of sex and relationships, with a focus on consent.”
– “End the opt-out of LGBTIQA+ inclusive PHSE classes at school to ensure that every child learns about different types of couples and families that make up UK society.”

Healthcare

Liberal Democrats:
– “Address continuing inequalities in health services access faced by same-sex couples, and continue to improve LGBT+ healthcare overall.”
– “ Review on the basis of evidence any unscientific and discriminatory practices aimed solely at LGBT+ people, such as around blood donations.”
– “Ensure Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention is fully available to all who need it on the NHS.”
– “Increase access to a broader range and number of clinically efective talking therapies so that hundreds of thousands more people can receive this support, with equal access for older people, BAME and LGBT+ patients, and people with autism or learning disabilities.”
– “Require that a fair proportion of all public funding for health research should be focused on research into mental ill-health, including research into the diferent mental health needs of diferent communities within the UK such as BAME and LGBT+ people.”
– “Ensure that LGBT+ inclusive mental health services receive funding and support.”

Greens:
– “We will ensure that tailored and specific provision is readily available for the particular needs of Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) and Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, children and adolescents, and older people.”
– “We will also ensure that PrEP — a daily pill which prevents HIV infection — is provided by NHS England without delay.”
– “Increase funding for areas of the NHS heavily relied on by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, including trans healthcare, gender identity clinics, HIV treatment and mental health provision.”

Asylum/Foreign Policy

Liberal Democrats:
– “Offer asylum to people feeing the risk of violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identifcation, end the culture of disbelief for LGBT+ asylum seekers and never refuse an LGBT+ applicant on the basis that they could be discreet.”
– “Develop a comprehensive strategy for promoting the decriminalisation of homosexuality around the world and advancing LGBT+ rights.”
– “Protect, defend, and promote human rights for all, including LGBT+ individuals who are persecuted across the world as well as those persecuted for their religion or belief.”

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