Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson unveiling the pro-LGBT platform (Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has reiterated her party’s support for trans rights, telling BBC Radio 4 that sex and gender are not ‘as binary as they are often presented’.
On the Today programme, Swinson defended the Lib Dems’ manifesto pledge to reform the Gender Recognition Act, making it less bureaucratic and invasive for trans people to change the gender on their birth certificates.
The Lib Dems have also vowed to introduce X gender markers on passports, for intersex and non-binary people who wish to use them.
Reforming the GRA will help to address the “demonisation” of trans people, Swinson told Radio 4.
Asked if she believes all people are born either male or female, Swinson said, “Not from what I have read.”
“I am not going to pretend I’m an expert on the subject but I don’t think things are as binary as they are often presented,” Swinson said.
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Most people’s biological sex is determined at birth, Swinson said, but that is not always the case. She added that this is not just about science – it’s a “debate about people and their lives and a debate about people who are facing extreme prejudice”.
Non-binary actor Indya Moore at World Pride in New York, 2019. (Erin Lefevre/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
American actor and model Indya Moore has called out the fiction of the gender binary in a viral tweet.
The 24-year-old, best known for their role playing Angel Evangelista on FX Television’s series, Pose, was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine this year.
In replies to the tweet, many people pointed out that gender isn’t black and white, and that society likes to put people into neat boxes “for simplicity” but that this doesn’t reflect the nuances of life.
“Only computers are binary,” one Twitter user replied.
“I’ve posed this with a few NB people I’ve met. They were so quick to label me cis because I don’t identify as ‘they’ but we all have a variance from gender norms/identity that leads some to prefer a different pronoun and others to say they’re just themselves,” one person commented.