The inclusion of ‘cross-dressers’ under the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

During the Stage 1 oral evidence sessions on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, the definition of ‘transgender identity’ was discussed. This briefing traces how ‘cross-dressers’ came to be included within the definition of transgender identity in the…

International evidence and the risks of reframing the sex question in the census

At the time of writing, the three UK census authorities  (National Records of Scotland , Office for National Statistics, and the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Authority) are planning to provide guidance to accompany the sex question in the next…

Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Questions for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee will begin consideration of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 and will take evidence from Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Tuesday 27 October. Below are questions to which we suggest…

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing

In April 2020 the Scottish Government published the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to consolidate existing hate crime legislation, introduce new protected characteristics, introduce new provisions for stirring up hatred for all characteristics, and abolish…