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Lisa Mackenzie: speech at rally outside HMP Cornton Vale, 26 November 2022

In April 2012, I began a new job working for the Howard League for Penal Reform. In my first week, I attended the launch of the report of the Commission on Women Offenders, led by Dame Elish Angiolini. The report…

Passport control: checking the argument for self-declared gender recognition certificates

At Stage 2 of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill Scottish Labour MSP Michael Marra lodged two amendments that sought to align the process for obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC) more closely with that for passports, by requiring a…

Women, sex and the Equality Network: lifting the fig leaf

Discussion on the relationship between the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill and the Equality Act has largely focused on the law as it is. This blog looks instead at what one of Scotland’s leading trans advocacy organisations – which has…

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…