UK Trans-Advocacy Group Insists Census Biological Sex Data is “Irrelevant”
UK’s existing census requires a simple choice between male and female, which some consider irrelevant – presumably people who don’t know where babies come from.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is considering to make the biological sex question in the 2021 census voluntary, after protests that it discriminates against transgender and other non-binary people.
The research, carried out by Ipsos Mori, found the existing census question requiring a simple choice between male and female is now “considered to be irrelevant, unacceptable and intrusive, particularly to trans participants, due to asking about sex rather than gender.”
However, adding a third option of “other” is seen “irrelevant and intrusive”.
The option to have two separate questions, one about biological sex and the other about gender identity, has also been rejected.
The Census Transformation Report recommends the existing sex question “should not be mandatory, for the benefit of particularly intersex and non-binary people who cannot choose male or female as a reflection of their current sex or gender.”
“We are aware that trans people themselves refer to their diverse identities and experiences in many different ways and that use of some terms is contested.”
An online self-completion survey found that less than 1% of 10,000 respondents identified as transgender.
If the proposals go ahead, the change would leave the Government without accurate data on the number of men and women officially living in the country.
The census takes place every 10 years and provides the Government with vital statistics about the country’s shifting demographics.
Failure to complete the census is a criminal offense and can result in prosecution. At least 120 people were convicted for not filling in the 2011 form, according to ONS.
However feminist campaigners, including Germaine Greer, slammed the plan.
“I’m sick and tired of this. We keep arguing that women have won everything they need to win. They haven’t even won the right to exist,” Greer told The Times.
Activist Stephanie Davies-Arai said: ‘Women’s biological sex is being erased and that terrifies me. Once you stop gathering information, that skews everything for women.’
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