PEOPLE will be allowed to pick their sex on the next census — despite fears it will ruin crucial health data.
The trans-friendly 2021 survey will allow anyone to state they are a different sex from that on their birth certificate even if they have not had surgery.
Prof Rosa Freedman says the introduction of a trans-friendly option on the 2021 census isn’t ‘to validate someone’s gender identity’[/caption]
It will also allow parents to choose a different sex for their children.
But medical experts warn it will skew figures, which will mess up how health funding is allocated.
NHS paediatrician Dr Julie Maxwell said: “Almost every kind of illness behaves differently in men and women.
“You lose any meaningful knowledge of how often health problems are happening in men and women.
“And my biggest fear for children is they are not going to get appropriate health services allocated for their needs because of messing around with statistics.”
The 2021 census, the first to be sent out electronically rather than in the post, will still include the male or female answers to the ‘What is your sex?’ question.
But extra info adds: “If you are one or more of non-binary, transgender, have variations of sex characteristics, sometimes known as intersex, the answer you give can be different from what is on your birth certificate.”
My biggest fear for children is they are not going to get appropriate health services because of messing around with statistics.
Dr Julie Maxwell
The advice was not automatically included in the 2011 census.
There will also be a second voluntary question asking if someone’s sex is the same as given at birth.
For those who say no, there is an option to state their preferred term.
But Prof Rosa Freedman, an expert on LGBT human rights law, added: “To understand how ludicrous this is — if people could just pick a race or disability, we’d all be up in arms.
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“The purpose of the census is to understand the population and plan for those demographics, not to validate someone’s gender identity.”
The changes are included in an information paper published by the Office for National Statistics.
It said they were drawn up after consultation with trans lobby groups.
The census, which will be sent out electronically, will offer a second voluntary question asking if someone’s sex is the same as the one given at birth[/caption]
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