Draft guidance under consideration for 2021 census sex question: summary of proposals

1. Background and timing In early 2020, the UK census authorities will finalise the questions they propose to ask in the next census, which will take place on 21 March 2021. Draft census orders will be laid in both the UK and Scottish Parliaments in the new year. We have written extensively about the development … Continue reading Draft guidance under consideration for 2021 census sex question: summary of proposals

2019 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

Conservatives: No reference to reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Liberal Democrats: "Complete reform of the Gender Recognition Act to remove the requirement for medical reports, scrap the fee and recognise non-binary gender identities." Other related proposals: "Introduce an ‘X’ gender option on passports and extend equality law to cover gender identity and expression." "Removing … Continue reading 2019 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

2017 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

Conservatives: No reference to reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Other references to transgender rights: "We will push forward with our plan for tackling hate crime committed on the basis of religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity." Liberal Democrats: "Extend protection of gender reassignment in equality law to explicitly cover gender identity and expression, … Continue reading 2017 UK general election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

2016 Holyrood election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

Scottish Conservatives: “The evidence from the Law Society of Scotland and others on several areas of law reform is compelling. As the Parliament matures, there is a need for continuous review of legislation passed over past sessions. We agree that Scottish Law Commission reports should be taken forward at the earliest opportunity. Their present work … Continue reading 2016 Holyrood election party manifesto commitments on GRA reform

Stage One debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM briefing

Overview It is planned that the 2021 Census will gather data for the first time on sexual orientation and on the transgender population, using voluntary questions. The census is the ideal way to gather information on relatively small populations like these. Doing so voluntarily reflects the sensitivity of the information. The Bill deserves support to … Continue reading Stage One debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM briefing

Stage 1 report on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM response

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie response to publication of the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: "We welcome the Stage 1 report of the CTEEA Committee on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act. We are pleased to note the Committee’s support for the inclusion of voluntary questions on transgender status and sexual orientation in the 2021 Census. … Continue reading Stage 1 report on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM response

Scottish local authorities, ‘sex’ and the Equality Act 2010

Review of 32 Scottish local authorities: representation of the protected characteristic of ‘sex’ under the Equality Act 2010 The purpose of this research was to investigate how the 32 Scottish local authorities are representing the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, specifically, whether they are accurately describing the protected characteristic of 'sex'. All the information reviewed … Continue reading Scottish local authorities, ‘sex’ and the Equality Act 2010