First count of UK’s trans pop­u­la­tion

Daily Mail - - News - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

MPS yes­ter­day cleared the way for the first of­fi­cial count of the num­ber of trans­gen­der peo­ple in the coun­try.

The next na­tional cen­sus will in­clude a ques­tion in which peo­ple can say whether they con­sider their gen­der to be the same as when their birth was reg­is­tered.

Man­agers at the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics hope the pi­o­neer­ing ques­tion will go some way to solve con­tin­u­ing ar­gu­ments over trans­gen­der num­bers. Theresa May’s Govern­ment planned to bring in laws that would al­low peo­ple freely to choose their own sex on the ba­sis of a re­port by MPs which said there are 650,000 trans peo­ple in the UK.

That would make the trans pop­u­la­tion big­ger than the num­ber of ci­ti­zens of Manch­ester or Sh­effield. The fig­ure was widely doubted by crit­ics of the trans­gen­der lobby. MPs yes­ter­day passed a bill on third read­ing paving the way for a £700mil­lion cen­sus in 2021.

Of­fi­cials plan a vol­un­tary ques­tion which will al­low those who say they are trans to de­clare their changed gen­der. A com­pul­sory ques­tion will ask for their sex at birth. The ONS has pub­lished guid­ance on how it plans to pose the ques­tion on gen­der iden­tity for the first time. The ques­tion will be: ‘Is your gen­der the same as the sex you were reg­is­tered at birth?’.

The ONS stressed this will be vol­un­tary and only asked to peo­ple aged 16 and over.

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