‘Sex’ question could be removed from UK census because it’s ‘transphobic’

The “which sex are you” question in Britain’s next census could be made voluntary after claims it discriminates against transgender people.

The “tentative” recommendation has been made in an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on gender identity. The move would make the UK one of the first countries in the world not to require its citizens to tell officials what their sex is, according to the Times.

The consultation 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.”

The option to add a third choice of “other” was rejected, however. Researchers said it was “irrelevant and intrusive” and thought to homogenize trans people into a category of their own.

Another option to have two separate questions – one about biological sex and the other about gender identity – was also rejected.

The report recommends the existing census 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. read more