The government is planning to launch a consultation on reforms in the next few weeks.

Theresa May last year announced plans to consult on changes to the Gender Recognition Act to streamline the process that allows transgender people to change their legal gender, after a report called for a ‘self-identification’ system.

Progress on the issue has been plagued by setbacks and hostile media coverage, and the consultation – initially touted to launch in 2017 – has still not materialised.

But Minister for Women Victoria Atkins has this week vowed to push ahead with progress on the issue, after attending an event hosted by PinkNews and Stonewall where transgender people spoke about their experiences.

Speaking in Parliament during a debate on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, Atkins sought to assure MPs that the gender recognition issue was still on the agenda.

Atkins said: “Many trans people are clear that the process is not working for them. I was delighted to go to an event on Tuesday, which the Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee hosted… and I found it personally very interesting.

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