This quarterly bulletin presents the latest statistics on Gender Recognition Certificates applied for and granted by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’s Gender Recognition Panel during the quarter July to September 2013, along with quarterly data since April 2009.
The Gender Recognition Panel was established by the Gender Recognition Act 2004, which enables transsexual people to change their legal gender and gain the rights and responsibilities of their acquired gender. All applications are determined by the Panel and successful applicants receive a Gender Recognition Certificate.
There are two application processes for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate:
Standard track applications are those submitted under the standard application process, on the basis of having lived permanently in the acquired gender for two years or more.
Overseas track applications are those submitted under the overseas application process, on the basis of having changed gender under the law of an approved country or territory outside the United Kingdom.
The number of applications for gender recognition received in the period July to September 2013 was 73, in line with the average quarterly figure.
Between July and September 2013, 107 applications were dealt with, a similar number to last quarter. A full Gender Recognition Certificate was issued in 84% of cases; most of which were issued to individuals who were registered male at birth, in line with the usual trend.
The bulletin is produced and handled by the GSS professionals and production staff.
In addition to Ministry of Justice professional and production staff, pre-release access to the quarterly statistics of up to 24 hours is granted to the following postholders:
Ministry of Justice: Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Permanent Secretary, Chief Executive of HMCTS, Director of Civil, Family and Tribunals, Director General of Finance and Public Services, Head of Analytical Services, Chief Statistician, Senior Policy Advisor for Gender Recognition & Human Rights, Press Officers and Relevant Special Advisers.