Category: Gender recognition
The judgment from the Inner House of the Court of Session in the case brought by the campaign group For Women Scotland has exposed the contradiction at the heart...
2nd November 2023
Next Wednesday, 4 October, the Inner House of the Court of Session will hear legal arguments about whether or not a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) changes a person’s sex...
29th September 2023
Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: reflections on the first day of the judicial review of the Section 35 Order
Yesterday saw the first day of the Scottish Government’s (SG) challenge to the Section 35 Order applied by the UK Government to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. Information...
20th September 2023
…the joint work on implementation went ahead. At official level there were fortnightly meetings between UK and Scottish officials as the Bill progressed through Parliament, including early work towards...
12th September 2023
The judicial review of the UK Government’s decision to invoke Section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998 in respect of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill will be heard...
11th September 2023
GRCs, sexual harm and risk: following the logic of amendments to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill
At Stage 3 of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill the Scottish Parliament passed amendment 40, and related consequential amendments, proposed by Gillian Martin MSP, aimed at providing safeguards...
8th September 2023
This blog describes the results of polling we commissioned to test how well people understand what the terms ‘transgender woman’ and ‘trans woman’ tell them about a person’s sex....
7th August 2023
On 21 January 2023 the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government Shona Robison MSP wrote to the Secretary of State for Scotland regarding the Gender Recognition...
1st June 2023
The Scottish Parliament cannot legislate in contravention of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). At the time the Gender Recognition Act 2004 was passed, it was viewed as...
17th April 2023
MBM statement on the Scottish Government decision to seek judicial review of the Section 35 order blocking the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill
Last week, in a widely publicised intervention, the EHRC advised that it would be helpful to amend the Equality Act to make clear that “sex” means “biological sex”. The...
12th April 2023