On the 22nd April 2020 the Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP, made a statement to the Women and Equalities Select Committee outlining her priorities. This statement indicates a potential significant attack on the rights of transgender people in the UK, especially trans and non-binary children and young people.

The transcript of this statement can be found here.

In response we’re asking you to take action and to write to your MP to seek clarification and urge a different course of action. This is especially important if you are a constituent of Liz Truss MP in South West Norfolk.

Steps for Writing to Your MP

  1. Find out who your MP is and how to contact them at: www.writetothem.com
  2. Personalise a letter using the templates below. If your MP is Elizabeth Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities, use template letter 1, otherwise use template letter 2.
  3. Send to your MP (you can do this directly on www.writetothem.com)

Template Letter 1 (to Elizabeth Truss MP):

Dear Elizabeth Truss MP,

I’m writing to you regarding the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and the need to protect trans and intersex young people. Whilst I welcome the proposal of a timescale for GRA reform to be implemented I am deeply concerned by your recent comments to the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

[*insert your comments, there’s some suggestions on what to include below, but it’s extra powerful if you include your own experiences*]

As my MP, I hope you are committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 in a way that supports all transgender and non-binary people, and to providing access to services and treatments which are proven to improve the lives of transgender children. Please respond to me and let me know how you are doing this.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name], Postcode: 

Template Letter 2 (to other MPs):

Dear [Your MP’s name]

I’m writing to you regarding the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and the need to protect trans and intersex young people. Whilst I welcome the proposal of a timescale for GRA reform to be implemented I am deeply concerned by Elizabeth Truss’s recent comments to the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

[*insert your comments, there’s some suggestions on what to include below, but it’s extra powerful if you include your own experiences*]

As my MP, I hope you are committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 so that it supports all transgender and non-binary people, and to providing access to services and treatments which are proven to improve the lives of transgender children. Please respond to me and let me know how you are doing this.

I also urge you to contact the Women and Equalities Minister, Elizabeth Truss MP, on my behalf as one of your constituents and ask her to clarify her recent comments.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name], Postcode: 

Suggestions To Include

You might want to include these questions from Gay Star News:

1 What protections are you planning for ‘single-sex spaces’? Will trans, intersex and non-binary people be able to use bathrooms, changing rooms and other facilities freely?

2 What ‘checks and balances’ are you considering on trans adults’ lives? Will these represent additional restrictions on transgender people’s freedoms?

3 What restrictions will you apply to trans access to transition healthcare before the age of 18? Do you realise these medical interventions are often lifesaving for vulnerable teenagers? Will you stop trans teens accessing hormone blockers? Will trans teens be able to access transition healthcare provided they do not take so-called ‘irreversible steps’?

4 Has the government considered the mental health impact of this policy change? And if so, who managed and advised on that assessment? Did they consider the dangers of self-harm, suicide and long term mental health trauma this may cause?

5 Is this policy a sign the government agrees with TERFs and the anti-trans LGB Alliance who represent fringe, transphobic views? Why has the government pursued this policy rather than one the vast majority of LGBT+ people would support?

6 The UN Human Rights Commissioner has instructed that states do not use the coronavirus period to roll back LGBT+ rights. She singled out Hungary which has attacked trans people’s rights to legal transition during the pandemic for criticism. Therefore is now the right time to proceed with this policy?

You could include information from, attach or ask them to read this briefing on GRA reform from Gendered Intelligence.

You could include these talking points around GRA reform from Mermaids:

  • Full legal recognition of young people (quicklink)
  • Full legal recognition of non-binary people (quicklink)
  • A system based on the principle of self-declaration (quicklink)
  • Scrapping the medical requirement for gender recognition (quicklink)
  • Removing application fees (quicklink)

You could include information from or ask them to read this article from Stonewall: The Truth About Trans

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