Lucy Hunter Blackburn: Speech to Forth Valley Feminists’ Women’s Festival, 4 February 2023

Women and the Scottish Parliament: what the Gender Recognition Reform Bill taught us So first of all thank you for inviting me to speak on behalf of the three of us who make up MurrayBlackburnMackenzie. Before I do anything else,…

The SPS Equality Impact Assessment on its trans prisoner policy

This blog looks at the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) undertaken by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) as part of developing its Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment policy. Background The SPS website lists all equality impact assessments (EQIA) they have carried…

Recording sex accurately in crime statistics: update on our petition to the Scottish Parliament

In light of the recent Graham/Bryson case, this blog updates the position on our petition calling on the Scottish Parliament: to urge the Scottish Government to require Police Scotland, the Crown Office and the Scottish Court Service to accurately record…

Comparing consultations on gender recognition reform and the impact on the operation of the Equality Act: who asked, who listened?

The attached briefing note compares how consultations on gender recognition reform by the Scottish Government  (in 2017 and 2019) and the UK government (in 2018) dealt with the interaction between the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010.…

Guest blog: gender recognition, safeguarding, and the limitations of the Martin amendment

MBM introduction At Stage 3 of the Gender Recognition Reform Scotland Bill, MSPs supported an amendment proposed by SNP MSP Gillian Martin, which requires the Chief Constable to notify the Registrar General of the application for, or granting of, a…

What does the Scottish Prison Service really think about the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

On 22 December 2022 the Scottish Parliament passed the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Bill amends the Gender Recognition Act 2004 for Scotland, allowing any person aged 16 years or over to change their legal sex based on a…