Last chance saloon: preserving the integrity of the sex question in the 2021 census

Last month, following a parliamentary evidence session on the 2021 census, the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (CTEEA) Committee wrote to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), asking for further clarification on several points. This blog discusses…

GRA reform and ‘International Best Practice’

 Key pointsThe Scottish Government has cited alignment with ‘international best practice’ as a rationale for reforming the Gender Recognition Act to allow for the statutory self-declaration of sex as a matter of law [or statutory self-declaration of gender] (“self-declaration”). The Scottish…

20 questions on GRA reform and gender self-declaration

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2019/2020 states that the Scottish Government will 'consult on the detail of a draft Gender Recognition Bill by the end of this year, setting out our proposals to reform the current process of obtaining a Gender…

Losing count: consultation on the sex question in the 2021 census

Background In June 2019 the Scottish Parliament passed the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, with the effect of introducing new voluntary questions on gender self-identity and sexual orientation in the 2021 census. The detailed census questions will be agreed by the…