This protects trans people who propose to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone a process (or part of a process) of having their sex reassigned. A person does not have to be under medical supervision to have the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.
The Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 amended the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 and prohibits discrimination and harassment on the grounds of gender reassignment in employment and vocational education.
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 allows transsexual people to apply to the gender recognition panel for legal recognition of their acquired gender. Applicants who meet the requirements of the Act will be issued with a gender recognition certificate.