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Gender Recognition Bill 2008 16 April 2008

Transsexual people will have their acquired gender recognised in law under draft legislation published by Government today (Wednesday April 16, 2008).

The Gender Recognition Bill 2008 is based on similar legislation introduced in the United Kingdom following a judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in cases brought against the UK.

Under the Bill, a person who has met the strict criteria of the UK Gender Recognition Panel and who has obtained a full gender recognition certificate from that body will be legally recognised in the Island in their new gender. Subject to certain conditions, this recognition will be for all legal purposes including marriage.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK explained:

‘The judgement of the European Court of Human Rights means that the Isle of Man is under an international legal obligation to change its law to recognise transsexual people in their new gender.’

Mr Brown continued:

‘The Bill has been included in the Government’s legislative programme for some time and the draft that has been produced has been subject to consultation within Government, but before the legislation is progressed I would now like to give the general public an opportunity to submit any comments that they may have.’

An explanatory paper on the Gender Recognition Bill 2008, including a copy of the draft Bill itself, is available to download at www.gov.im/cso and hard copies may be obtained from the Chief Secretary’s Office, 3rd Floor, Government Office. Any comments on the proposals should be submitted by Friday 23rd May.

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