Scottish Government response to our questions on reforming the Gender Recognition Act

On 6 January 2020 we wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville, with a set of questions about the Scottish Government consultation on gender recognition reform and draft Bill (our original letter is shown…

Comparing the 2004 Act and the Scottish Government draft Bill: what changes with self-declaration?

Introduction The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) at present has two elements. It specifies what characteristics a person must already have to be entitled to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) (i.e. what they must be), and separately, what…

Improving the Gender Recognition Certificate process: a point of consensus?

Introduction Under section 3(3) of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) a person applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) is required to tell the Gender Recognition Panel (GRP) about their past “treatment for the purpose of modifying sexual characteristics”…

Briefing Note: Impact of Gender Recognition Reform on Sex Based Rights

This briefing note provided to us by Employment Solicitor Rebecca Bull examines the interaction between the Equality Act 2010 (“EqA 2010”) and the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (“GRA 2004”). The note can be accessed here: Impact of gender recognition on…

Gender recognition reform in Belgium: lessons for Scotland

This briefing looks at gender recognition reform in Belgium and draws lessons for Scotland. Gender recognition reform in Belgium: Lessons for Scotland The analysis is based on data published by the Belgium Institute for the Equality of Women and Men…

Gender Recognition Act reform: The purpose of the GRA

  Background 1.  In December 2019 the Scottish Government published its draft Bill on reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) and opened its plans to consultation. The draft Bill can be accessed here, the explanatory notes here, and the…