Acknowledge transgender people on the birth certificate
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There are a number of transgender men who want and choose to carry a baby. However, one issue that makes this difficult is that the process of giving birth is a determining factor in the transgender man being registered on the birth certificate as the ‘mother’ of the child. This is the present situation as written in British law; Section 12 of the Gender Recognition Act states, “The fact that a person's gender has become the acquired gender under this Act does not affect the status of the person as the mother or father of a child”. The law is unclear, but suggests that whilst protecting the status of parents who legally transition after the birth of a child, it also restricts parents who legally transition before the birth of a child.
We believe that this is unacceptable, as transgender and non-binary parents who identify as male are having their rights to recognised fatherhood discriminated against. At present, a transgender father will be registered as the child’s mother. This will inevitably result in the transgender parent being ‘outed’ throughout the life of the child. In turn, this can cause embarrassment, discomfort, and potential cause for discrimination and- in the worst case- violence against them. As the Office of National Statistics identified of the 2014-2015 period, recorded hate crimes against transgender people were up 9% on the previous year. However, the Crime Survey of England and Wales estimates that there are 222,000 hate crimes of all types committed on average every year a difference of 169,472 crimes unreported to police.
We fundamentally believe that transgender people should be registered as their self-identified gender identity on their own child’s birth certificate. Further, that the Gender Recognition Act is outdated on this matter.
Please fight for transgender parents to have equal rights.
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