Setting the minimum age for a GRC: a question of responsibility

One of the most contested issues in relation to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill concerns the proposal to lower the minimum age for acquiring a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) from 18 to 16 years, based on a statutory declaration,…

Amending the Gender Recognition Reform Bill: how to clarify the relationship with the Equality Act 2010

Introduction In the Stage 1 debate on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which took place on 27 October, several MSPs raised the need to clarify the relationship between the Gender Recognition Act (GRA2004) and the Equality Act (EA2010). Scottish…

Still no answers

We are aware that women are writing to their eight MSPs to ask about their position on gender recognition reform ahead of this Thursday's Stage 1 debate. This blog looks at recent correspondence between a constituent and her MSP. The…

Stage 1 Briefing on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Don’t assume: a GRC is only “a piece of a paper” ‘[A] legal change in a person’s gender is a significant and formal change in their status with potentially far-reaching consequences for them and for others, including the State.’ Mr…

Section 22: A missing jigsaw piece in the Gender Recognition Reform Bill

Section 22 of Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) provides stringent privacy protections for Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) holders, aimed at protecting the privacy of those whose transition would otherwise not be immediately obvious. The 2004 Act creates criminal offences for…

MBM response to evidence from the Cabinet Secretary on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Our response to the evidence from Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The evidence from the Cabinet Secretary demonstrated that the Scottish Government still does not understand the…

Gender recognition reform in an international context

This week the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee will take evidence from a number of witnesses who are likely to assert that international developments mean Scotland should move to a system of self-declaration for changing legal status.  This…