Media and comment

Media articles

Allowing ‘self-id’ will make it harder to prevent men invading women-only spaces
Article on the impact of reform of the GRA on social conventions
Holyrood, 19 January 2022

Agenda: What happened to the commitment to build consensus on the Gender Recognition Act?
Article on the SNP’s manifesto commitment on GRA reform
The Herald, 14 January 2022

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie: Legislating for hate crimes against women – regaining trust in the process
Article about Scottish Government Misogyny and Criminal Justice Working Group
Scottish Legal News, 12 October 2021

Letter to the Editor on GRA reform
The Times, 27 September 2021

Whose views count? Losing sight of sex in the Police Scotland ‘Your Police’ survey
Article on Police Scotland’s data recording practices
Policing Insight, 31 August 2021

All rapists are male, regardless of gender
Article on Police Scotland policy on recording the sex of those charged with rape
The Times, 9 June 2021

Greens’ commitment to enshrining Yogyakarta Principles needs scrutiny
Article on commitment in Scottish Green Party manifesto to enshrine Yogyakarta Principles into Scots law
Scottish Legal News, 20 April 2021

Does it matter if someone was born male or female? When it comes to crime reporting, yes
Article on data collection for crime statistics
The Courier, 15 April 2021

Census must echo guidance on sex
Letter regarding judgement in English High Court on guidance for sex question in the 2021 census
The Times, 22 March 2021

Chilling effect: how the hate crime bill threatens free speech
Article on the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
Holyrood, 10 March 2021

Who is a woman in the government’s view?
Article on For Women Scotland’s judicial review of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act
The Times, 14 January 2021

Securing legal clarity in the Forensic Medical Services Bill
Article on a proposed amendment to the Forensic Medical Services Bill from Johann Lamont MSP
Scottish Legal News, 9 December 2020

Hate Crime Bill would affect freedom of speech in transgender debate – comment
Article on the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime bill
The Scotsman, 29 November 2020

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: Views from Scottish policing
Article on the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime Bill
Policing Insight, 29 September 2020

Restrict new hate crime laws to situations where there is ‘intention’ to stir up hate
Article on the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime Bill
Press and Journal, 21 September 2020

Will Hate Crime Bill follow the path of its predecessor?
Article on the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime Bill
The Herald, 10 August 2020

The hate crime bill must be properly scrutinised
Article on the Scottish Government’s draft Hate Crime Bill
Holyrood, 20 May 2020

Shifting sands on the definitions of ‘woman’ in Scots law
Article on the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act
Scottish Legal News, 21 April 2020

Trans rights and ‘collective wellbeing’
Letter to editor in response to article on GRA reform
Scottish Review, 19 February 2020

Government should take closer look at gender law precedents
Article on gender recognition reform and ‘international best practice’.
The Herald, 16 January 2020

Opinion: We need more clarity on gender rights debate from Scottish Government
Article about the Scottish Government’s GRA consultation.
The Scotsman, 1 January 2020

Policing the Gender Identity Debate
Article by Dr Kath Murray about UK police forces and gender self-identification policy.
Policing Insight, 28 October 2019

Losing sight of women’s rights: policy capture and public policy
Article about forthcoming paper in Scottish Affairs on women’s rights and policy capture by Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn.
Associated news piece: Scottish trans policy ‘detrimental’ to women and girls
Holyrood Magazine, 29 July 2019

It’s vital that census data is accurate! 
Article by Dr Kath Murray about the 2021 census and proposed guidance for the sex question.
The Mail on Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sex question should stick to birth certificate
Article by Lucy Hunter Blackburn about proposed guidance for the 2021 census in England, Wales and Scotland.
Scotland on Sunday, 14 September 2019

There has been a lack of due diligence and scrutiny in policy-making in the field of gender identity.
Letter in response to comment piece by Vic Valentine of the Scottish Trans Alliance from Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn.
The Herald, 31 July 2019

Biological sex is the legal cornerstone of women’s rights to fair treatment
Article about the 2021 census and the importance of robust data on sex.
Holyrood magazine, 11 March 2019

Why gender identity should be kept distinct
Agenda article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.
The Herald, 11 February 2019

Multi-signatory letter calling for an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on GRA reform
Associated news piece: Women ‘need more say’ on gender reform
The Times, 29 January 2019

Letter to the Editor on GRA reform
The Sunday Times, 9 December 2018

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Media commentary

Beware of ‘insider Scotland’ and Sturgeon’s New Model Army
Reference to MBM’s evidence on the Gender Recognition Reform Bill
The Scotsman, 11 June 2022

MSPs hearing evidence on GRA reform may be guilty of confirmation bias
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
The National, 3 June 2022


Scotland’s gender recognition reform is a ‘recipe for bad law’, say campaigners
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
The Guardian, 1 June 2022

Gender critics face anti-English abuse after speaking out against SNP reforms
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
The Express, 1 June 2022

Create prisons exemption in Gender Recognition Act says women’s right campaigner
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
Holyrood, 31 May 2022

Gender recognition reform should allow for de-transition, MSPs told
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
Ireland Live, 31 May 2022

Scottish gender reforms amount to ‘state-endorsed’ reconstruction of society, warn campaigners
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
The Telegraph, 31 May 2022

Feminist campaigners say trans and women’s rights ‘inter-connected’
Reference to MBM oral evidence to Scottish Parliament on GRA reform
The Herald, 31 May 2022

Gender Recognition Reform Bill ‘risks becoming bad law’
Coverage of joint note regarding Scottish Government handling of GRA reform
Scottish Legal News, 30 May 2022

Women’s groups raise concerns about GRA reform ahead of Holyrood committee appearance
Coverage of joint note regarding Scottish Government handling of GRA reform
Holyrood, 30 May 2022

Too young for tattoo is too young to change gender, says church
Reference to MBM submission on Gender Recognition Reform Bill
The Sunday Times, 22 May 2022

Policy experts slate SNP’s Gender Recognition Act for being ‘biased’ and ‘full of holes’
Coverage of MBM submission on Gender Recognition Reform Bill
The Express, 16 May 2022

Scottish Government has not addressed concerns about women’s rights in GRA reform, policy analysts say
Coverage of MBM submission on Gender Recognition Reform Bill
Holyrood, 16 May 2022

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to define what a ‘woman’ is
Quote from Lucy Hunter Blackburn in article about comments made by Nicola Sturgeon
The Herald, 2 May 2022

Prison chiefs to provide regular updates on transgender inmate numbers for first time in Scotland
Reference to letter received by MBM from Scottish Prison Service
The Scotsman, 25 April 2022

Nicola Sturgeon urged to launch formal probe into Lorna Slater comments
Quoted joint statement on Lorna Slater MSP comparing feminists with concerns on GRA reform to racists and climate change deniers
The Herald, 12 April 2022

Slater criticised for likening trans law opponents to antisemites and racists
Quoted joint statement on Lorna Slater MSP comparing feminists with concerns on GRA reform to racists and climate change deniers
The Times, 12 April 2022

Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial gender self ID law blasted as example of ‘bad lawmaking’
Quoted in article about MSPs in cross party group and bias in gender recognition reform
The Express, 19 March 2022

MSPs join ‘pressure group’ keen to pass self-declaring sex into law
Quoted in article about MSPs in cross party group and bias in gender recognition reform
The Telegraph, 15 March 2022

Nicola Sturgeon’s Potemkin parliament
Refers to MBM’s interaction with Scottish Government on hate crime legislation
The Spectator, 10 March 2022

SNP likens concern over trans reforms to racist segregationists
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s EQIA of the GRA bill
The Telegraph, 7 March 2022

Outrage over gender switch at 16…with no need for diagnosis; SNP Bill to reform trans recognition divides public and politicians
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s GRA reforms
The Daily Mail, 4 March 2022

Gender Recognition: All you need to know about new trans reforms in Scotland
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s GRA reforms
Press and Journal, 3 March 2022

The week Nicola Sturgeon abandoned women
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s GRA reform bill
The Telegraph, 2 March 2022

Scotland’s gender recognition reform bill to be published amid growing tensions
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s GRA reform bill
The Guardian, 2 March 2022

Trans gender debate in Scotland: Shona Robison should realise the need to consider the wider impact of self-ID – Susan Dalgety
Reference to analysis of Scottish Government handling of GRA reform proposals
The Scotsman, 26 February 2022

Campaigners say SNP ministers are denying the GRA bill proper parliamentary scrutiny
Article about timetable for Scottish Government’s GRA reform proposals
The Scottish Daily Express, 14 February 2022

Nicola Sturgeon’s close ally urged LGBT groups to lobby politicians over gender reforms
Article about MBM FOI responses on Scottish Government’s correspondence with LGBT lobby groups on GRA reform
The Telegraph, 12 February 2022

Scottish universities accused of falling short on ‘female-only’ staff networks following Kathleen Stock resignation
Article about MBM analysis of women only staff associations at Scottish universities
The Glasgow Guardian, 31 January 2022

The Observer view on the EHRC decision on Scotland’s gender recognition reforms
References to MBM opinion poll and 2021 election factcheck
The Observer, 30 January 2022

LBC Lisa Aziz show
Interview with Lucy Hunter Blackburn on GRA reform in Scotland
LBC, 28 January 2022

Watchdog’s census move heaps pressure on Nicola Sturgeon
Reference to joint statement on GRA reform by 15 groups
The Times, 28 January 2022

My transgender reforms do not threaten women’s rights, says Nicola Sturgeon
Reference to joint statement on GRA reform by 15 groups
The Telegraph, 27 January 2022

Nicola Sturgeon questions equality watchdog intervention in trans law reform debate
Reference to joint statement on GRA reform by 15 groups
Holyrood, 27 January 2022

Nicola Sturgeon condemned by 15 women’s groups for failing them on gender reforms
Reference to joint statement on GRA reform by 15 groups
The Scottish Express, 27 January 2022

Sturgeon wades in on Scottish transgender row
MBM quoted in story about EHRC statement on GRA reform in Scotland
LBC, 27 January 2022

Equality watchdog warns Scottish Government over self-ID plans
MBM quoted in story about EHRC statement on GRA reform in Scotland
Holyrood, 26 January 2022

Trans rights campaigners blast UK human rights watchdog’s call for ‘pause’ to overhaul of gender self-ID in Scotland
MBM quoted in story about EHRC statement on GRA reform in Scotland
The Sun, 26 January 2022

Scottish Government accused of ‘closed door’ approach to changing the gender reform act
Interview with Lucy Hunter Blackburn on GRA reform
The Scottish Express, 11 January 2022

Self ID plan ‘will hit rape convictions’
Reference to MBM Scottish Parliament petition on recording rape
The Sunday Times, 9 January 2022

Feminist groups feel ignored by SNP gender consultation
Reference to MBM FOI responses from Scottish Government on GRA reform
The Times, 5 January 2022

BBC Woman’s Hour
Interview with Lisa Mackenzie on SNP manifesto commitment on GRA reform
BBC, 5 January 2022

Male bias at universities ‘due to lack of women-only groups’
Article about MBM analysis of women only staff associations at Scottish universities
The Times, 5 January 2022

SNP accused of ignoring feminist and religious groups in gender reform talks
Article about MBM FOI responses on GRA reform
The Telegraph, 4 January 2022

Anger as trans inmates revert to males when they leave Scottish prisons
Quoted in article about research on Scottish Prison Service trans prisoner policy
The Express, 3 January 2022

From Scottish independence and Brexit to transgender rights, blind faith in dogma is replacing reasoned discussion – Susan Dalgety
Reference to MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform and reform options paper
The Scotsman, 1 January 2022

Plan to allow rapists to self-identify as women prompts victims’ fury
Reference to MBM parliamentary petition on Police Scotland recording of rape
The Sunday Times, 26 December 2021

Self-ID is a fantasy that hurts trans people
Reference to MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
The Times, 18 December 2021

Majority reject SNP gender self-identification plan
Article about MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
The Daily Mail, 17 December 2021

Large majority of Scots think people should be ‘free to express their trans identity’
Article about MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
Pink News, 17 December 2021

Nicola Sturgeon is dividing Scotland over trans rights, not uniting it
Reference to MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
New Statesman, 16 December 2021

Why trans activists can’t beat JK Rowling
Reference to MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
Unherd, 14 December 2021

Majority of Scots against gender ‘self-ID’ plans
Article about MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
Holyrood, 14 December 2021

Most Scots are opposed to gender self-ID, poll suggests
Article about MBM opinion poll on public attitudes to GRA reform
The Times, 14 December 2021

‘Absurdity’ of police recording rapists as women
Quoted in article about Police Scotland recording of rape or alleged rape
The Sunday Times, 12 December 2021

Cops to record rapes as committed by woman if male attacker identifies as female
Quoted in article about Police Scotland recording of rape or alleged rape
The Sun, 11 December 2021

Legal threat to trans-inclusive census
Quoted in article about plans for the Scottish 2022 census
The Sunday Times, 7 November 2021

Trans row ministers to explain why equality law was ignored in changing ‘woman’ definition
Quoted in article about judicial review of the Gender Representation on Public Boards Act
The Herald, 6 November 2021

Equality and Human Rights Commission had ‘heavy-handed’ influence on gender questions
Article about MBM analysis of influence of EHRC on Scottish Government sex data guidance
The Times, 4 November 2021

SNP launches smear test drive without mentioning ‘women’
Quoted in an article about Scottish Government campaign to increase uptake of cervical screening
The Telegraph, 11 October 2021


‘Anyone with a cervix’ in cancer screening campaign ‘puts women at risk’
Quoted in an article about Scottish Government campaign to increase uptake of cervical screening
The Times, 11 October 2021

SNP ministers criticised for urging ‘anyone with a cervix’ to get a smear test
Quoted in an article about Scottish Government campaign to increase uptake of cervical screening
The Herald, 11 October 2021

UK will divide over census sex question
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe sex question in 2022 Scottish census
The Times, 5 October 2021

Mornings with Kaye Adams
Interview with Lisa Mackenzie about GRA reform
BBC Radio Scotland, 20 September 2021
[Transcript of discussion here]

Sturgeon on the hook
Reference to MBM in article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Critic, 20 September 2021

Watchdog queries trans self-identity census plan
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe the sex question in the 2022 census
The Times, 17 September 2021

Gender reforms not a real threat to women, says Nicola Sturgeon
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Times, 10 September 2021

GRA reform: Free vote not ruled out, but concerns ‘not valid’, says Nicola Sturgeon
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Scotsman, 10 September 2021

Nicola Sturgeon dismisses concerns over gender reforms as ‘not valid’
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Herald, 10 September 2021

Nicola Sturgeon is refusing to back down on trans rights – but resistance is growing
Reference to MBM in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
New Statesman, 9 September 2021

Nicola Sturgeon tries to calm fears over gender recognition reforms
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Herald, 6 September 2021

Ban urged on rape suspects ‘claiming they are women’
Article about submissions on parliamentary petition on the accurate recording of rape
The Times, 6 September 2021

SNP-Green coalition moves to simplify trans self-identification
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the GRA
The Times, 3 September 2021

Gender question on Scottish census ‘harms’ data
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe the sex question in the 2022 Scottish census
The Times, 1 September 2021

People can self-identify as male or female in Scottish census, says guidance
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe the sex question in the 2022 Scottish census
The Guardian, 31 August 2021

Transgender Scots can self-identify on 2022 census
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe the sex question in the 2022 Scottish census
The Daily Telegraph, 31 August 2021

Scotland’s census 2022 to allow people to self-identify as men or women regardless of legally-recognised gender
Quoted in an article about plans to reframe the sex question in the 2022 Scottish census
The Sun, 31 August 2021

Nicola Sturgeon facing backlash over proposed gender legislation
Reference to MBM blog on delayed publication of GRA consultation responses
The Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2021

Policy Matters (Politically Speaking podcast)
PODCAST interview with Lisa Mackenzie
Holyrood, 1 July 2021

La penalización de los sentimientos dentro del Código Penal
Interview with Lisa Mackenzie regarding the Hate Crime and Public Order Act 2021
El Caribe, 30 June 2021
[English translation of Q&A provided to Raquel Rosario Sanchez]

Trans rights: How gender recognition reform became one of Scotland’s most heated debates
Interview with Lisa Mackenzie regarding GRA reform
Press and Journal, 23 June 2021

Keir Starmer must show courage and protect women and their hard-fought rights – Susan Dalgety
Reference to Scottish Parliament public petition on Police Scotland recording of rape and attempted rape
The Scotsman, 12 June 2021

Woman wins appeal over transgender tweet
Quoted in article about Employment Tribunal Appeal judgment in Forstater vs CGD Europe
Scottish Legal News, 10 June 2021

Campaign to ensure all rape suspects are recorded as men
Article about Scottish Parliament public petition on Police Scotland recording of rape and attempted rape
The Times, 9 June 2021

Petition launched for sex of those charged with rape to be recorded ‘accurately’
Article about Scottish Parliament public petition on Police Scotland recording of rape and attempted rape
The Scotsman, 8 June 2021

How the debate over trans rights is splitting the SNP
Quoted in article about GRA reform
New Statesman, 14 May 2021

Nicola Sturgeon fails to understand equality laws, research finds
Reference to MBM factcheck on claims about women’s sex-based rights made by candidates in Holyrood election campaign
The Times, 6 May 2021

Unlike Nicola Sturgeon, women like me did not choose their pronouns and we are not akin to racists for saying so – Susan Dalgety
Reference to MBM FOI response on police recording practice relating to the sex of rape suspects
The Scotsman, 23 April 2021

Rape suspects can choose to self-identify as female
Reference to MBM FOI response on police recording practice relating to the sex of rape suspects
The Times, 17 April 2021

Scotland census to be challenged again after sex question ruling
Quoted in an article about implications of English High Court judgment on census in England and Wales
The Times, 22 March 2021

Backlash as SNP’s ‘chilling’ hate crime bill passed
Quoted in an article about Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
The Express, 12 March 2021

Controversial hate crime bill passed at Holyrood
Quoted in article about Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
Scottish Legal News, 12 March 2021

Why the census sex question needs to be protected
Reference to MBM in article about Fair Play For Women judicial review of ONS decision on 2021 census
The Spectator, 10 March 2021

Hardeep Singh: MSPs must put free speech before party politics
Reference to MBM in article by Hardeep Singh from Network of Sikh Organisations on the hate crime bill
Press and Journal, 9 March 2021

Women’s manifesto aims to put pressure on Scottish parties to reaffirm sex-based rights
Quoted in article about women’s manifesto for Holyrood election
Scotland on Sunday, 7 March 2021

Saying that sex is binary risks criminal charge, group claims
Refers to MBM concerns regarding freedom of expression under the Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
The Times, 4 March 2021

Humza Yousaf accused of ignoring concerns over protections for free speech in the Hate Crime Bill
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
The Scotsman, 2 March 2021

How Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill ignited a freedom of speech row
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime and Public Order Bill
Prospect, 26 February 2021

Hate Crime Bill: Humza Yousaf proposes detailed guidelines to quell fears over freedom of speech
Quoted in an article about an emergency evidence session on the hate crime bill and freedom of speech
The Scotsman, 22 February 2021

Questions on biological sex ‘are wiped from official data’
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government Chief Statistician’s draft guidance on collecting data on sex
The Times, 13 January 2021

Prison service’s review of trans policies to launch next month
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Prison Service’s proposed review of its transgender prisoner policy
The Scotsman, 27 December 2020

Sweeping changes to controversial Hate Crime Bill to protect freedom of expression
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s proposed amendments to the Hate Crime Bill
The Scotsman, 14 December 2020

EHRC sex data advice ‘misrepresents the law’
Quoted in an article about a legal opinion from Aidan O’Neill QC on an EHRC statement
Scottish Legal News, 8 December 2020

Ex-women’s prison chief quits SNP over Hate Crime Bill and gender reform plans
Includes remarks made by Lucy Hunter Blackburn on the hate crime bill at the Justice Committee
The National, 25 November 2020 

Backlash to Sainsbury’s ad shows race not ‘talked about enough’
Quoted in an article about our evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the hate crime bill
Press and Journal, 17 November 2020

Hate crime bill will not stifle speech, insists trans activist
Quoted in an article about our evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the hate crime bill
The Times, 17 November 2020

JK Rowling and the Real World
Quoted in an article about J K Rowling’s essay on women’s rights
The Tortoise, 4 November 2020

Scottish Government reveals 17,000 responses for consultation on gender reform
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s analysis of responses to GRA reform consultation
The Scotsman, 4 November 2020

New report claims Census policy was ‘captured’ by trans rights groups
Reference to Lisa Mackenzie’s authorship of report ‘Sex and the census’
The Scotsman, 20 October 2020

UK gender recognition process changes being considered by Scottish Government
Quoted in an article about the UK Government’s announcement on GRA reform
The Scotsman, 24 September 2020

Scotland’s Hate Crime Bill would have a chilling effect on free speech
Reference to our scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft hate crime bill
The Spectator, 22 August 2020

Trans rights activists are letting down people they represent – Euan McColm
Reference to the attempt by EUP to censor our Scottish Affairs article
Scotland on Sunday, 16 August 2020

The Bookseller, 3.8.20
Article on the attempt by EUP to censor our Scottish Affairs article
https://www.thebookseller.com/news/eup-tried-censor-journal-article-over-transphobia-concerns-1213828

The Sunday Times, 2.8.20
Article on the attempt by EUP to censor our Scottish Affairs article
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/academics-tell-of-bid-by-edinburgh-university-press-to-censor-article-on-transwomen-5frs77fhd

The Herald, 2.8.20
Referred to our evidence on the draft hate crime bill in opinion piece by Iain McWhirter
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18622850.scottish-governments-illiberal-hate-crime-bill-must-sent-knackers-yard/

The Scotsman 11.7.20
Referred to in an article about J K Rowling’s remarks on the debate about sex and gender
https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/why-feminists-me-stand-jk-rowling-trans-rights-row-susan-dalgety-2910085

The Guardian 12.6.20
Quoted in an article about J K Rowling’s remarks on the debate about sex and gender
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jun/12/jk-rowling-row-hints-at-generational-rift-on-transgender-rights?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Ferret 19.5.20
Quoted in an article about changes to the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
https://theferret.scot/freedom-information-covid-19-committee-changes/

The National 8.5.20
Quoted in an article about our paper in the Edinburgh Law Review
https://www.thenational.scot/news/18436439.gra-row-governments-accused-under-radar-planning/

Scottish Legal News 7.5.20
Quoted in an article about our paper in the Edinburgh Law Review
https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/gender-recognition-reform-taking-place-under-the-radar-across-europe

The Ferret 3.4.20
Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s curbing of FOI legislation
https://theferret.scot/information-rights-coronavirus-law-draconian/

The Scotsman 3.2.20
Quoted in an article about plans for the question on sexual orientation in the 2021 census
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/controversial-list-of-sexualities-could-be-dropped-from-scottish-census-1-5084949

The Sun 8.1.20
Quoted in an article about academic paper referenced in Scottish Government’s GRA consultation paper
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5149172/snp-breast-cancer-patients-id-row-mastectomies/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb

The Scotsman, 5.1.20
Quoted in an article about Scottish Government’s GRA reform plans
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/policy-experts-call-gender-reform-radical-and-risky-change-law-1398292

The Guardian 27.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed guidance for the 2021 census
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/dec/27/scottish-census-body-backs-self-id-guidance-for-sex-question

The Daily Mail 27.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed guidance for the 2021 census
https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20191227/281595242443694

The Sun 26.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed guidance for the 2021 census
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5104945/gender-scotland-cenus-identify-sex/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebarweb

The Scotsman 26.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed guidance for the 2021 census
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/academics-criticise-scotland-s-2021-census-for-allowing-sex-to-be-self-identified-1-5066844

The Herald 26.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed guidance for the 2021 census
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18122829.academics-criticise-2021-census-guidance-allowing-sex-self-identified/

The Guardian
Referenced in an article about Scottish Government’s proposed reform of the GRA
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/17/transgender-reforms-will-not-diminish-womens-rights-scottish-government

The Sunday Times 1.12.19
Quoted in an article about proposed reforms of the Gender Recognition Act
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/only-third-of-scots-back-gender-change-at-16-s7f92jrz8

Edinburgh Evening News 31.10.19
Quoted in an article about plans for the 2021 census
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/health/scotlands-2021-census-have-21-sexual-orientation-choices-adults-823987

The Scotsman 30.10.19
Quoted in an article about plans for the 2021 census
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scotland-s-2021-census-to-have-21-sexual-orientation-choices-for-adults-1-5036038

The Sun 29.10.19
Quoted in an article about plans for the 2021 census
https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4894324/sexualities-scotland-census-list/

The Scotsman 30.9.19
Quoted in article about Scottish Government working group on sex and gender data
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-government-pledge-not-to-conflate-sex-and-gender-when-publishing-stats-1-5013939

The National 25.9.19
Reference to MBM blog in article about plans for 2021 census
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17927524.data-experts-left-out-discussions-gra-census-questions/

The Sunday Times 1.9.19
Quoted in article about leaked EHRC schools guidance
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/scots-head-teachers-warned-over-pe-ban-on-transgender-pupils-qht028l09

The Times 31.8.19
Column by Trevor Phillips, former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission references our Scottish Affairs paper on policy capture and gender self-identification.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/minority-activists-have-got-our-leaders-on-the-run-3bsnjljwd

Scottish Legal News 31.7.19
Article about paper in Scottish Affairs on women’s rights and policy capture by Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn
https://www.scottishlegal.com/article/academics-call-on-scottish-government-to-uphold-equality-act-amid-claim-of-ideologically-driven-lobbying-from-trans-rights-advocates

The Herald 29.7.19
Reference to forthcoming paper in Scottish Affairs on women’s rights and policy capture by Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17800511.snp-women-39-s-convener-criticised-insisting-canadian-trans-woman-jessica-yaniv-39-female-predator-39/

The Spectator 22.6.19
Reference to work of Dr Kath Murray and Lucy Hunter Blackburn in article about Scottish Government’s announcement on GRA reform
https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/06/holyroods-trans-rights-pause-is-a-good-thing/

The Times 21.6.19
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s plans for GRA reforms
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/law-on-gender-recognition-is-delayed-amid-concern-for-girls-z2l5mglps

The Herald 20.6.19
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s plans for GRA reforms
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17720358.gender-self-id-law-could-run-out-of-time-as-scottish-government-pledge-to-consult-the-public-over-extending-trans-rights/

The Guardian  20.6.19
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s plans for GRA reforms
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/20/scotland-to-run-new-consultations-before-updating-gender-law

The Scotsman 20.6.19
Quoted in article about Scottish Government’s plans for GRA reforms
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/gender-law-delayed-for-more-consultation-on-impact-on-women-1-4951316

The Morning Star 13.6.19
Referred to in article about Edinburgh University event on women’s sex-based rights
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/asking-what-future-holds-women
(Lucy Hunter Blackburn speaking notes: Women’s Sex Based Rights speech. 5 June 2019)

Poll: Women in Scotland want to retain single sex facilities
Quoted in article on report about female-only spaces by Women and Girls Scotland
The Scotsman, 4 June 2019

Police Scotland criticised over allowing suspects to self identify gender
Quoted in an article on Police Scotland recording practices, which are based on self-declared gender.
The Scotsman, 3 June 2019

Joan McAlpine defies bullies in sex and gender dispute
Quoted in an article about Joan McAlpine and the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
Scotland on Sunday, 7 April 2019

Transgender suspects able to ‘skew’ crime statistics
Quoted in an article on the availability of data by sex in criminal justice statistics
The Scotsman, 16 March 2019

Letting criminals self-identify gender ‘putting women at risk’
Quoted in an article on the availability of data by sex in criminal justice statistics
The Times, 14 March 2019

‘Non-binary’ sex option will not appear on next census
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
The Times, 7 February 2019

Legal bid to allow Scots to choose sex in census will be rejected
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
The Herald, 7 February 2019

New Scottish bill conflates sex and gender – report
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill
The Guardian, 7 February 2019

Council confusion over sex and gender ‘could put women at risk’
Reference to our research on local authorities:
The Times, 11 January 2019

Scotland census: sex question changes ‘may risk reliability of data’
Quoted in an article on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
The Guardian, 9 January 2019

Trans lobby has sent me death threats, says Professor Rosa Freedman
Reference to submission to Stage 1 inquiry into Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
The Times, 6 December 2018

Scottish Government is “changing what it means to be female” with census bill, academics warn
Quoted on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
The Herald, 5 December 2018