Birth of Rights

lesbian civil partnership 2012

Civil Partnership ceremony. Photographer Anna Whittall, 2012

The first decade of the 21st century saw not only the welcome abolition of the oppressive Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 after many LGBT campaigns but also the introduction of ground breaking legislation ensuring many equal rights for LGBT people. Civil
Partnership and Adoption Laws are now enabling LGBT people to enjoy many of the same rights and privileges that the straight community have long taken for granted. Although, there is still a way to go before complete equality.
Legislation was also passed which recognised same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos. This also enabled the civil partner of a woman who carries a child via IVF to be recognised as the child’s legal parent. Trans people were also given full legal recognition of sex appropriate to their gender (male or female) allowing them to acquire a new birth certificate, affording them full recognition of their acquired sex in law for all purposes, including marriage.

2000 Sexual offences Act
2002 Section 28 of the Local Government Act abolished
2004 Gender Recognition Act
Civil Partnership Act
2006 Equality Act
2008 Criinal Justice and Immigration Act
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act
2010 Equality Act

“Civil partnerships I think have just made a huge impact. And I am so, so very grateful to the fact that I was able to do that.”

“It is still double standards unless gay people are able to have the same ceremonies and relationships as heterosexual people, they are second class citizens. So it is quite hard to argue against it I think.”

“Families Matter.” Photographer Emma Childs, 2011

“And being next of kin, just being next of kin is very important.”

“I telephoned the Hoe Registry Office and spoke to a woman there who couldn’t have been nicer. She explained it to me in detail and at one point she made me laugh in saying ‘You really must make an honest man of him after all these years.”


“Transition.” Photographer Jordan Hicks, 2011

“When you start living in role, you actually got a letter and this letter will say that this person is a male to female transexual or a female to male transexual and should be treated with every kind of respect based on certain legal acts.”

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