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Have your say on Corporation's gender policy


City residents and workers have until 14 September to have their say on the City of London gender identity policy.

The plans could see toilets and other facilities managed by the Corporation made gender-neutral to prevent discrimination against transgender people.

Edward Lord, chair of the establishment committee which leads on the Corporation’s workforce and inclusion policies, said: 'We are looking into creating an over-arching policy on gender identity for the City Corporation.'

'We will draw on the expertise of relevant organisations in a consultation covering our public services provision and employment practice. We would like to hear from all interested groups as part of the consultation,' he added.

In January 2018, the Corporation sparked criticism from some quarters when it announced transgender women could use the Women's pond on Hampstead Heath.

The City of London like others local authorities, is bound by the Equalities Act 2010 which prohibits discrimination on grounds of transgender status.

Transgender is the term used to describe people who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.

Some transgender people also undergo treatment to enable them to 'transition' from one sex to another. The term may also include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine.

Respond to the Corporation's gender identity consultation here.



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