A transgender offender is seeking to delete from her record two crimes that could only have been committed by a man.
“I do not wish my gender history to be more widely known and do not wish to disclose my trans status to employers,” the woman, who asked to be identified only as Helen, said. She is to launch a judicial review to remove two convictions for “importuning as a man” when she worked at a Soho “clip joint” in the 1970s and 1980s.
A right to removal, if established, could cover rape, another crime that can legally be committed only by a person with a penis.
Trans people with a gender recognition certificate are legally entitled to keep their birth gender secret.
Well, so, what do we do here?
The convictions are spent, obviously enough, so they’ll only turn up on one of the more detailed records searches.
Dunno – what say you?