Last updated on February 6th, 2024 at 03:00 am
Labour Party Member of Parliament Charlotte Nichols has proposed changes to UK law to allow deceased individuals’ genders to be legally changed. She suggested that the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 should include provisions to enable legally acknowledging the gender lived by transgender people before their death. The proposal comes after a petition demanding such changes in the aftermath of Brianna Ghey’s murder registered nearly 14,000 signatures.
These modifications could normalize self-identity declaration without doctor approval. Lucy Marsh from the Family Education Trust expressed concerns, warning that such regulations might lead to controversies surrounding “non-binary” deaths and inappropriate gender registration for infants. Brexit leader Nigel Farage also criticized Andrew’s comments.
While Stuart Andrew, the supposedly Conservative government’s equalities minister, confirmed there are currently no plans to adjust the law, he suggested that some organizations, potentially including the NHS, might interact with families using a deceased individual’s self-identified gender.