Mordaunt asserted that she never supported gender self-identification at any time in her career. This does not reflect her past statements. In 2018, she said that ‘trans women are women and trans men are men’ and that was ‘the starting point for the [Gender Recognition Act] consultation’. She further stated that ‘we want a less bureaucratic and more supportive process’ for those ‘changing their gender identity’.
At the time, Mordaunt was the Minister for Women and Equalities overseeing consultations on the Gender Recognition Act. Leaked government documents suggest that Mordaunt was in favour of making the process of gender self-identification easier by removing some medical criteria.
Mordaunt has never made an explicit statement in favour of gender self-identification, but has made statements in favour of making the process easier. The consultation on the Gender Recognition Act she oversaw was within the context of Theresa May’s explicit aim to allow gender self-identification.
We approached Penny Mordaunt's office to give her a chance to comment, but received no response.