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Opinion: 'Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental consent'

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14.06.2018

LYDIA FOY WAS born in 1947 and was registered at birth as male. From her early years she felt uncomfortable and ill at ease as a boy. As she grew up she tried to conform to a male role and eventually married and had two children. But she always knew she was female.

Lydia Foy grew increasingly unhappy and wanted to live in what to her was her true female gender. In 1992, she had gender reassignment surgery in the UK.

It was a hard and painful journey for her. She was a reluctant campaigner. By the time Lydia Foy approached FLAC in 1996 she had already had her request for a birth certificate reflecting her true gender refused by the Registrar General and a complaint to the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected.

Legal battle

FLAC has a long history of engaging in strategic litigation to challenge unjust laws, to increase public awareness of pressing legal needs and bringing about effective changes in the law to help marginalised and disadvantaged groups and individuals. We decided to take on Lydia’s case and represented her........

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