33.Submission from G
I write as someone suffering from gender dysphoria
who is being helped through a very traumatic period in my life
by a very loving, supportive and understanding wife. We have been
married for more than 36 years and have children and grandchildren.
I was pleased when the above Bill was published
but dismayed to find that I would need to divorce my wife if I
were to have what I firmly believe to be my true gender recognised
in law. Surely it cannot be right to remove one injustice and
replace it with another?
I was also disappointed to find that there was
very little in the Bill to provide the protection against discrimination
that transsexuals so urgently require in the provision of goods
and services. Would it not be an ideal opportunity to address
this issue at the same time and thereby provide transsexuals with
the legal protection they need and deserve?
I am not a lawyer and am therefore in no position
to make any proposals for changes in the wording of the Bill that
might remove these injustices. However, I have read the submission
of Ms Gina Large dated 29 August 2003 and would wish to give my
full support to the proposals she has put forward.
I trust that those who have accepted the responsibility
for maintaining a legal system that is still viewed by many as
being second to none in the world, may have the compassion and
will to implement a Bill that will free transsexuals from at least
some of the burdens they are forced to bear as a result of their
9 September 2003
57 The author of this memorandum provided their name
and address but asked for them not to be published. Back