The Women & Equalities Select Committee today published its Report concluding its Transgender Enquiry which it launched on 27 July 2015 and which received over 230 submissions.
Claire McCann was appointed as a Specialist Adviser to the Enquiry and was asked to provide legal advice in relation to certain aspects of the law relating to transgender equality. Her Legal Opinion can be found here.
The Report is the first report produced by the new Select Committee (which was only appointed by the House of Commons on 3 June 2015) and demonstrates the heightened scrutiny now being given by parliamentarians to issues of transgender equality.
Claire, who has a strong reputation as an Equality and Human Rights barrister, was asked to give advice on three specific aspects of the legislation governing transgender discrimination in England & Wales (as governed by the Equality Act 2010 and the Gender Recognition Act 2004):
- the scope of the protected characteristic of “gender reassignment” and whether it is wide enough to protect non-binary, a-gender, intersex and/or other trans individuals;
- single-sex services and the exemption from discrimination where trans individuals are excluded from these services;
- the exemption from discrimination where trans individuals are prohibited from participation as a competitor in a gender affected sporting activity.