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As you will no doubt be aware, the census is live in the United Kingdom and must be filled out before 21 March 2021.

The ONS has now clarified that sex should be recorded as that which is stated on an individual’s birth certificate.

Millions of people across the UK have already completed the census, and we understand that the answers provided will be included by the ONS.

It is not mandatory to read the ONS guidance before completing the census. Individuals must answer to the best of their knowledge and belief.

You should not feel pressured to give an answer that you know to be false.

We are concerned that guidance has been changed part-way through the process and regret that the census has become yet another battleground for those determined to marginalise trans lives.

You can fill out the census at Census.gov.uk from now and request your code to do so immediately if you have not yet received the code in the post.