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Draft guidance under consideration for 2021 census sex question: summary of proposals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

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’…

Last chance saloon: preserving the integrity of the sex question in the 2021 census

Last month, following a parliamentary evidence session on the 2021 census, the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee (CTEEA) Committee wrote to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), asking for further clarification on several points. This blog discusses…

GRA reform and ‘International Best Practice’

 Key pointsThe Scottish Government has cited alignment with ‘international best practice’ as a rationale for reforming the Gender Recognition Act to allow for the statutory self-declaration of sex as a matter of law [or statutory self-declaration of gender] (“self-declaration”). The Scottish…

20 questions on GRA reform and gender self-declaration

The Government's Programme for Scotland 2019/2020 states that the Scottish Government will 'consult on the detail of a draft Gender Recognition Bill by the end of this year, setting out our proposals to reform the current process of obtaining a Gender…