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To: Pearson Qualifications; Edexcel.
Make Pearson change transgender certificate policy.
Pearson Qualifications needs to change its evidence requirements for transgender individuals who wish to receive exam certificates in their accurate names. At present, Pearson can request an individual to provide a Gender Recognition Certificate or a doctor's letter, although they will also accept an up-to-date driving license or passport.
Why is this important?
Requesting a GRC or doctor's letter is in breach of the Equality Act 2010. "By changing their name trans people automatically have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment under the Equality Act 2010" (uktrans.info - http://uktrans.info/attachments/article/292/transqualcerts.pdf), creating the protected characteristic of gender reassignment. This effectively means that Pearson's requirements are discriminatory, as well as in breach of the Equality Act 2010.
Trans individuals already experience enough discrimination trying to live life day-to-day, and several people I have contacted have also experienced discrimination at Pearson's hands. It's time to change to a level playing field so that we, as trans individuals, receive the qualifications we worked hard to gain, in the correct, accurate gender and name.