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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…

Briefing for Stage 1 debate: Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have prepared a briefing for MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which will take place on Tuesday 15 December. Our briefing focuses on two areas: the exclusion of sex…

Legislating for hatred against women: the view from the coalface

The omission of ‘sex’ as a protected characteristic is a key area of contention in the proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, which is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament. Giving evidence to the Justice Committee…

Supplementary evidence on the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

We have submitted supplementary evidence to the Justice Committee in the light of (a) an open letter currently circulating which has been signed by a number of parliamentarians and others (b) the Cabinet Secretary’s comments at the Justice Committee hearing…