Individuals now eligible to become a member of the male-only lodge include, Men, A man who joined as a man, but later underwent gender reassignment to become a women, and a woman who underwent reassignment to become a man before applying to become a Freemason, however irrespective of gender identity the members will still be formally referred to as "brothers".
Women can still not join the United Grand Lodge of England ("UGLE") but there are about 4,700 female Freemasons in the UK.
Transgender women should be allowed to remain Freemasons if they joined as men, the largest UK lodge has said. Expelling masons for transitioning was "unlawful discrimination", the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) warned. Women who transition to become men should also be allowed to join, its new gender reassignment policy states.