'We will build on the significant progress we have made over the past 50 years, tackling some of the historic prejudices that still persist in our laws and giving LGBT people a real say on the issues affecting them.' Suzanna Hopwood, a member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group, said: 'I am really pleased that the Government is making good on its commitment to review the Gender Recognition Act.
Reform is one of the key priorities in our vision for removing the huge inequalities that trans people face in the UK. It's vital that this reform removes the requirements for medical evidence and an intrusive interview panel, and finally allows all trans people to have their gender legally recognised through a simple administrative process.
The native peoples of the Pacific, for instance, surfed waves on alaia, paipo, and other such craft, and did so on their belly and knees.
That's what we'll be calling for during this consultation, and I'm looking forward to seeing the law change soon after.' Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall said: 'We're pleased the Government recognises there is still more to be done to ensure all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception, and welcome the announcement of new measures to tackle some of the remaining inequalities.
'We need a simple process which isn't medicalised, intrusive or demeaning.
The Government has also announced the deferral blood donation period for men who have sexual contact with other men, will be reduced from 12 months to three months increasing the supply of donor blood available for life-saving operations.
Fears over infections led to a ban on gay men giving blood at the height of the Aids epidemic, but in 2011 that was changed to allow men to donate blood a year after having sex.
At present they have to provide evidence that they have been in transition for at least two years before they can apply to legally change their gender.