I have just written the following email to my MP, Alberto Costa. I will be sending a similar version to Boris Johnson and Liz Truss too. I urge you to please write to your MP too. You can find out who your local MP is and what their email address is here: https://members.parliament.uk/members/Commons . Feel free to copy my email to use as a template.
Dear Ms Neeves,
Thank you very much for your email – I hope this finds you well.
In the first instance, I should like to reassure you that I do very much understand the sensitive and complex nature of the proposed reform to the Gender Recognition Act.
While I must admit to not being fully aware of the deeply personal journey that many transgender people have to take, I am aware that the journey is a very sensitive one and one that requires a large degree of support.
The rationale behind the Government’s thinking on these reforms is that they do not wish for young people to make any decisions, which may have irreparable effects, that they may come to regret. On this I can see the Government’s position, however I can also see that those wishing to transition are not taking this as rash option, there has clearly been considerable thought placed in their decision, and so I think it’s important to strike a balance between these two sides of the argument; one that protects people from making a decision they may regret, but also one that respects a young person’s choices.
These are just my initial thoughts on this matter, however I do look forward to discussing this matter further in the House of Commons Chamber and to hear other views on this subject – and in this regard, I should like to reassure you that no quick decisions will be made on this matter, it is one that needs requires careful scrutiny and measured discussion with those directly affected by these proposals and those charities and organisations who do so much to support young transgender and non-binary people.
Thank you very much again for taking the time to write to me on this most important matter.
I then sent this reply on 30th June 2020:
I will let you know if he takes me up on my offer of a Zoom chat.