The mayor of London Sadiq Khan continues to be great, has he has confirmed that the capital city will be reforming gender options to recognise trans and intersex people.
At the moment, Londoners can only specify their gender as either male or female. However, following a question from Green Party’s Sian Berry, Mayor Khan confirmed that he would making their approach more inclusive for trans, non-binary and intersex people.
Khan said: “City Hall is reviewing the wording of the gender question in order to be more inclusive of non-binary, intersex and transgender people and will seek to apply the change shortly.”
He was also keen to clarify that the bulk of the changes may be held up due to deliberations around national data collection.
The Mayor continued: “Demographic data collected for research purposes by the [Greater London Authority] is the same as collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).”
“This harmonisation extends to nearly all major government surveys, and provides a standard means of collecting information. By using the same questions we are able to understand whether the responses we receive is reflective of the London population. The ONS will test new wording for the gender question next year with a view to including it on the 2021 Census.”
Currently, the UK does not offer any legal recognition for people who don’t identify as male or female, despite recommendations. However, it does seem that Mayor Khan is keen to change this, continuing his streak of supporting LGBTQ+ rights.