Support falls for changing legal sex on birth certificates

Sep 25, 2022 by

from Christian Today:

The latest British Social Attitudes Survey has revealed increasing public opposition to allowing transgender people to change the legal sex on their birth certificate.

The 2021 survey asked 6,250 adults their views on a range of issues, including equal opportunities for LGB and transgender people.

Specifically the survey asked whether “a person who is transgender should be able to have the sex recorded on their birth certificate changed if they want”.

It found that support for the proposal has fallen “markedly”, from 58% in 2016, to 53% in 2019 and 32% in 2021.

The numbers disagreeing have risen from 22% in 2016, to 24% in 2019 and 39% in 2021.

The wording of the survey in 2021 was changed from previous years to the “sex recorded on their birth certificate”, as opposed to “the sex on their birth certificate”.

“It may be that some people accept that people should be able to secure some form of legal recognition of their ‘acquired gender’ but also believe that this should not involve changing the sex that is recorded on their birth certificate,” said the National Centre for Social Research, which published the report.

“In any event, we should be aware that there is apparently still some potential for disagreement about what should be done about the rights and recognition of transgender people.

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