Brighton and Hove City Council, which last year came under fire for its alleged plan to abolish gender-specific titles such as ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’, has today published its final report on the subject.
The document, produced under the auspices of the Trans Scrutiny Panel, contains 37 key recommendations covering areas as diverse as policing, community support and healthcare.
It does not, as Gay Star News almost uniquely forecast at the time the story broke last year, recommend the abolition of existing gender-specific titles.
Rather, in a city believed to contain one of the UK’s highest proportions of trans and non-binary folk, it recommends a series of measures to improve their daily lives.
In particular it says electronic check-ins used by GPs (family doctors) should be changed to remove the need to identify as ‘male’ or ‘female’ on arrival at the surgery. Instead patients will be able to just use their surname and date of birth.
And patients will be provided with the option to use a non-gender specific honorific or to decline to provide one on National Health Service systems.