2. Submission from The Beaumont Trust
On behalf of the trustees I am writing to offer
a warm welcome to and our support for this bill. We are very pleased
and grateful that the Government is bringing it forward and wish
it every success. Affirmation of their legal status will be a
great benefit to those whom we support.
The Trust is the leading independent charity
working in the field of transgenderism. Our mission is to help
those affected by transgenderism including partners, family, professional
advisers etc. As such we talk to and deal with many transsexual
We welcome the bill and hope that it will pass
rapidly into law. Its requirements are reasonable, hopefully the
process will be quick and easy, and it gives full legal status
in the acquired gender, something deeply needed and wanted by
all transsexual people.
We are concerned that the draft bill does not
offer full status to those who are married. Presumably it is the
intention of the Government that the solution to their problem
will be included in the proposed legislation to introduce Civil
Partnerships for same-sex couples.
30 August 2003