Does anyone have advice on how to change your legal gender? Specifically, on providing evidence that you've been socially transitioning. Preferably for the UK but the process will be pretty similar for a lot of countries.
In the UK, you're required to provide documents such as IDs or bank statements that show that you've been "living in your acquired gender" for 2 years, but I don't understand how you're supposed to do that if you're still legally male with a male name. They suggest you should provide 5 or 6 of them. Am I supposed to just register for those things with my new name/gender? Is that even possible in many cases if it doesn't correspond to me legal name/gender and I don't have the ID for it? What you've been doing day-to-day is irrelevant; you need documents.
I'm also unsettled by the fact that the doctor's letter you need that also proves you've been transitioning (in addition to the other letter from a different doctor containing your gender dysphoria diagnosis) requires you to state why you haven't had any surgery if you haven't yet. Do you think showing any hesitation is a good idea or should I just lie and say I intend to do it later but I'm too busy to deal with the recovery process or something? The real reason being "SRS is pretty risky and imperfect, and I have to shop around for doctors and not just go straight to the NHS-funded one because it's plastic surgery so the results are dramatically different between doctors, if I'm going to do it at all".
The guidelines and form are here: http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/GetForm.do?court_forms_id=2896