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Gender recognition reform: what happened to the manifesto?

This blog examines recent developments on gender recognition reform and how the Scottish Government appears to have broken its commitment to actively engage with a range of stakeholders 'to identify the best and most effective way to improve and simplify…

Police Scotland policy on recording rape: how did it evolve and where does responsibility lie?

In recent weeks Police Scotland’s policy on recording the identity of those charged with the crime of rape has received considerable media attention. As revealed in a bluntly worded Freedom of Information (FOI) response we received in April last year,…

Who represents the interests of female staff in Scottish universities?

Summary In October 2021 we submitted Freedom of Information requests to fifteen Scottish Universities asking whether each institution has a single-sex, female-only staff network or representative body, if so, who membership is open to. The responses indicate that no university…

Public attitudes to gender recognition reform: an overview

This blog places our recent polling results on public attitudes towards gender recognition reform in the context of other polling results on the same topic. Currently, to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate a person does need not have made any…

Polling shows being supportive of transgender self-expression is not the same as supporting self-declaration for legal gender recognition  

Download: Polling shows being supportive of transgender self-expression is not the same as supporting self-declaration for legal gender recognition In September 2021 the Scottish Government set out a commitment to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) to allow for a…

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004: options and opportunities

The blog below sets out a range of options for reform of the Gender Recognition Act that meet the high level aims of several political parties, that is, to simplify the process and reduce its intrusiveness, particularly in relation to…

MBM correspondence with the Scottish Government re. guidance for the sex question in the 2022 census (Oct/Nov 2021)

Our correspondence with the Scottish Government regarding the proposed guidance for the sex question in the 2022 census. MBM letter to the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Angus Robertson MSP (20 October 2021) https://murrayblackburnmackenzie.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/MBM-letter-on-census-guidance-20-October-2021.pdf Response from…