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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS WELCOMES TRANS MANIFESTO

MONDAY 30 MARCH 2015

 

The first woman with a transsexual history to openly stand for a major UK-wide party for Parliament, Labour’s Emily Brothers in Sutton and Cheam, has today welcomed the Trans Manifesto launched by the LGBT Consortium. Ms Brothers said:
“I welcome the Trans Manifesto launched today by the LGBT Consortium. As a woman with a transsexual history who is standing for Parliament, if elected I’ll endeavour to advance the core principles identified by transgender groups to further our equal rights, empower and positively portray us.
“Labour will build on the introduction of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004 by commissioning a comprehensive review of trans law and policy. That landmark legislation was amazingly powerful for some people like me, affirming our gender as we always felt it. Even though we’ve made some progress on this agenda, its right to look at whether policy in this area is fit for purpose and has kept-pace with developments in other countries.
“As part of this review, we will look at the very specific provisions for trans spouses who wish to go for gender recognition and whether they are fair. The Same Sex Marriage Act included a provision to enable married couples – where one spouse was transgender – to remain married when that spouse receives legal gender recognition. This was very welcome. However, I’m concerned that the procedure still effectively grants a spouse a veto over their partner's application for gender recognition. Scotland removed this so-called 'spousal veto' during the passage of their marriage equality act, so it’s right that as part of the policy review we look again at this procedure for England and Wales.”
The LGBT Consortium has launched a new website – www.transmanifesto.org.uk – which gives people contact details of candidates in their area and also allows them to log candidates’ level of support.
 

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