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 person to change their sex in law based on self-declaration, without medical gatekeeping, in its Programme for Government. We…

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…

Gender recognition reform: are women’s concerns valid?

In an interview on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland on 10 September, the First Minister stated that women’s concerns about GRA reform were “not valid” and that it “does not change in any way, shape or form any legal…

Gender recognition reform and international developments

The current reliance on 'international developments' in relation to gender recognition reform is under-researched and misplaced. The Scottish Government needs to look much more critically at the precedents legislated for in other countries and to consider how gender self-declaration laws…

MBM statement on Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement on GRA reform

“The consultation on the previous draft Bill raised serious questions that currently remain unanswered. These include a failure to address the interaction between self-declaration and the operation of single-sex exceptions under the Equality Act 2010, and a failure to define…

Consulation on GRA reform: missing data, cost cutting, and delayed publication

The Scottish Government has now published the independent analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. In total 17,058 responses were available for analysis, the vast majority submitted by individuals (16,843), with a…