Transgender Umbrella

The Government’s Transgender Action Plan is even broader than the Gender Recognition Act (2004). Whilst in their footnote on page 6 the Government make reference to ‘making no distinction between transgender, transsexual and non-gendered [persons]’ within their TGAP document, the reality of making no distinction of the groups under the “Transgender Umbrella” has serious implications for FAAB (biological) women.

The Transgender Umbrella includes:

  1. Transsexuals (the group most likely to have GRS*, and most will avail themselves of the Gender Recognition Certificate)
  2. Transgenders (the group unlikely to have GRS*, some will avail themselves of the Gender Recognition Certificate)
  3. Genderqueers (do not seek GRS*, do not qualify for a Gender Recognition Certificate)
  4. Cross-dressers (do not seek GRS*, do not qualify for a Gender Recognition Certificate, and are frequently part-time with their cross-dressing)

Of the above, groups 1, 2 and 4 are predominately male-born (see our page on statistics). Group 3 comprises more equal numbers of females and males. In group 1, it is predominately males (MAAB) that will have full GRS, the majority of females (FAAB) will have only a complete mastectomy, without genital surgery.

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* GRS – Gender Reassignment Surgery, formerly SRS (Sex Reassignment Surgery)

See the Gender Recognition Panel website for Certificate requirements