In line with the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 and the Equality Act of 2010, United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is pleased to publish its gender reassignment policy
While there has been no general request for guidance on gender reassignment, UGLE believes this to be an opportune time to issue guidance to its members.
The policy outlines that a candidate for admission to Freemasonry under the jurisdiction of UGLE must be a man. Should a person who has undergone gender reassignment and has become a man apply to become a Freemason then his application must be processed in the same way as for any other male candidate. A Freemason who after initiation ceases to be a man does not cease to be a Freemason.
People whom the law classifies as female will still not be eligible to join lodges under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England. They may, of course, become members of the two female only Grand Lodges – The Order of Women Freemasons (OWF) and The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF) – both of whom refer to members as Brothers.