Sex question back on census in blow to trans lobby

Jan 24, 2021 by

by Nicolas Hellen and Tim Shipman, Sunday Times:

The 2021 census, to be conducted in March, will require everyone to declare their sex, the national statistician has said.

By contrast, the last census, which took place a decade ago in 2011, allowed people to answer according to what gender they felt themselves to be.

The move is a setback for transgender rights advocates and follows a government decision to scrap plans to make it easier for people to “self-identify” their gender.

Draft guidance for the census allowed non-binary, transgender and intersex respondents to give an answer different from that on their birth certificate.

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