39.Submission from Tam Sanger
I am writing with regards to recommendations
made to you by Ms Gina Large (letter dated 29 August 2003) in
relation to the Gender Recognition Bill.
I am currently in the process of writing a PhD
thesis examining intimate relationships involving transpeople;
therefore I have researched this area thoroughly and spoken to
many transpeople and their partners. I have also been in a relationship
with a transperson myself and am well aware of the problems which
can arise in relation to the law.
I fully support Ms Large's recommendations and
hope that you will consider them very seriously before any decisions
are made about the Bill. Transpeople are marginalised and mistreated
enough in our society without being forced to divorce their partners.
Partners who have decided to stay with their transsexual wife
or husband have often been through a lot of heartache and suffering
and they should not be made to go through even more. I am very
pleased that transpeople will soon be able to change their birth
certificates, and also marry in their chosen gender, but this
should not mean that other transpeople and their partners lose
I hope it will be possible to find a solution
which recognises the points of view of all transpeople and of
5 September 2003