The Daily Mail reports that a raft of new measures – highlighting the Tory Party’s new socially liberal image – will include the fast-tracking of gender-change, a relaxation of the rules on gay men giving blood and a new nationwide research project into LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) life.
There will also be a crackdown on children who call each other ‘gay’ in a bullying manner in schools, with teachers told they will be expected to discipline any pupil heard misusing the term.
A total of £3 million will be ploughed into ‘anti-homophobic and transphobic programmes’.
The drive, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, will be spearheaded by Education Secretary Justine Greening.
Currently, if a person wishes to change gender they have to go to a doctor for a diagnosis of gender dysphoria – the term for believing you were born in the wrong body – and prove they have been ‘in transition’ for at least two years.
Ministers will consult with support groups, including Mermaids, which helps children with gender-identity issues. As part of the consultation, to be published in the autumn, Ministers plan to reduce the stigma and intrusiveness of the ‘over-medicalised’ process by removing the need for a clinical assessment.
Ms Greening, who revealed last year that she was gay, is also planning to launch a national survey of the experiences of the UK’s 1.5 million LGBT population.
Do you agree that the £3 million that will be used for ‘anti-homophobic and transphobic programmes’ is correct or should it be spread out into other bullying issue areas?
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