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as a gay man, living in the uk, we enjoy more freedoms than ever before. for trans people, the situation is more nuanced. there have been improvements, but current legislation is outdated. in scotland, for example, 84% of trans people feel disadvantaged, compared to 57% of gay men (scottish equality-network, 2015). trans people experience more discrimination and the highest levels of hate crime within the lgbt community. one of the rights which the lgbt community fought most hard for was same-sex marriage. the marriage (same sex couples) act 2013 was a huge achievement. for trans people, the situation around marriage remains complex. for example, if married, trans people need the written permission of their spouse to have their gender legally recognised. if they do not obtain this, then they need to get a divorce. in practice, this means that a spouse can block their partner's decision to have their gender legally recognised. a spouse should not have this veto. this is one of many important issues raised in a vision for change, a recent report by stonewall. it sets out clearly the inequalities trans people face, as well as providing guidance on the steps required to make progress ......

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