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What Is Equality?

I feel angry when I come across examples of discrimination being justified or condoned, as indeed most people would.  It makes me feel even more angry when this is from a government that has purported to introduce ‘equality’ legislation (this by the way being the previous UK government and not the current Tory / Lib Dem coalition).  The link below is to a document that includes the following from the government’s response to consultation.

The current statutory definition of gender reassignment is:

"A process which is undertaken under medical supervision for the purpose of reassigning a person's sex by changing physiological or other characteristics of sex, and includes any part of such a process."

This is to be amended to make clear that the reference to gender assignment being a process taken under "medical supervision" does not go so far as to require either ongoing medical supervision or gender reassignment surgery. The Government response says that the definition has been "generally misunderstood". It was merely intended "to apply to people who make a commitment over a period of time to live permanently in their non-birth gender, with or without requiring surgical intervention".

In line with this view, the Government is not going to extend protection to those who are wrongly perceived as a transsexual because "our intention is not to protect a wider group such as transvestite people or others who have no intention or commitment to live life permanently in the sex opposite to their birth sex.”


The existence of this ‘wider group’ is acknowledged, and in fact Christie’s work has been referenced in official documentation.  However by deliberately excluding the ‘wider group’ of people, discrimination against non gendered people and others is clearly being condoned.  I have no idea whether this exclusion was due to incompetence, bigotry, time constraint or lack of care.  Well it was Harriet Harman’s bill, and she is certainly incompetent and doesn’t care.  At least with a change of administration there is a chance of this inequality being addressed.  Indeed as Christie has reported there is a further consultation underway at this very moment.



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Oh no, Heaven forbid that someone be "mistaken" for a transsexual and accidentally have protection extended to them! What ever would we do then? I like to think that this wording is the result of lack of care, rather than a carefully thought out bigotry. That's how I'd be able to sleep at night, at least.

There's certainly plenty of bigotry in parliament, but even more incompetence and complete disregard for the people that put them there. Not that I have that much faith in politicians, but at least the current bunch ar actually trying. Plus of course Christie is now engaged, and making sure that they are steered in the right direction.

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