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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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The National, 25.11.20

Includes remarks made by Lucy Hunter Blackburn on the hate crime bill at the Justice Committee

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18896659.ex-womens-prison-chief-quits-snp-hate-crime-bill/

Press and Journal, 17.11.20

Quoted in an article about our evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the hate crime bill

Backlash to Sainsbury’s ad shows race not ‘talked about enough’

The Times, 17.11.20

Quoted in an article about our evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the hate crime bill

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/absurd-to-say-hate-crime-bill-will-kill-free-speech-claims-trans-rights-activist-wqgbzbl37

The Tortoise, 4.11.20

Quoted in an article about J K Rowling’s essay on women’s rights

https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2020/11/02/jk-rowling-long-read/content.html?fbclid=IwAR1MYwqvvoWPBnqFW8HbqqLjdbRcS657C5UZvT9_4Y4a9sThpKVe7k7RHR4

The Scotsman, 4.11.20

Quoted in an article about the Scottish Government’s analysis of responses to GRA reform consultation

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-government-reveals-17000-responses-consultation-gender-reform-3024246?r=2171

The Scotsman, 20.10.20
Reference to Lisa Mackenzie’s authorship of report ‘Sex and the census’
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/new-report-claims-census-policy-was-captured-trans-rights-groups-3008487

The Scotsman, 24.9.20
Quoted in an article about the UK Government’s announcement on GRA reform
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/uk-gender-recognition-process-changes-being-considered-scottish-government-2982768

The Spectator, 22.8.20
Reference to our scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft hate crime bill
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/scotland-s-hate-crime-bill-would-have-a-chilling-effect-on-free-speech

Scotland on Sunday, 16.8.20
Reference to the attempt by EUP to censor our Scottish Affairs article
https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/trans-rights-activists-are-letting-down-people-they-represent-euan-mccolm-2943646

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

MSPs reject Scottish Government curbs on freedom of information rights

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

Government delays to information rights ‘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)

The Scotsman 4.6.19
Quoted in article on report about female-only spaces by Women and Girls Scotland:
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/poll-women-in-scotland-want-to-retain-single-sex-facilities-1-4940267

The Scotsman 3.6.19
Quoted in an article on Police Scotland recording practices, which are based on self-declared gender.
https://www.scotsman.com/news/crime/police-scotland-criticised-over-allowing-suspects-to-self-identify-gender-1-4939550

Scotland on Sunday 7.4.19
Quoted in an article about Joan McAlpine and the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/joan-mcalpine-defies-bullies-in-sex-and-gender-dispute-1-4903317?fbclid=IwAR0xTewuf0qXgwKNftbNi7gDqaq5cN46Eo5lCVramqFYGh3O5JaMHzT1dzA

The Scotsman 16.3.19
Quoted in an article on the availability of data by sex in criminal justice statistics
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/transgender-suspects-able-to-skew-crime-statistics-1-4890466

The Times 14.3.19
Quoted in an article on the availability of data by sex in criminal justice statistics
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/letting-criminals-self-identify-gender-putting-women-at-risk-8560wzkqt

The Scotsman 13.3.19
Quoted in an article on the availability of data by sex in criminal justice statistics
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/criminal-suspects-able-to-self-identify-gender-1-4889040?3

The Times 7.2.19
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/non-binary-sex-option-will-not-appear-on-next-census-7d86dks72

The Herald 7.2.19
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17414078.legal-bid-to-allow-scots-to-choose-sex-in-census-will-be-rejected/

The Guardian 7.2.19
Quoted in an article about the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/feb/07/new-scottish-census-bill-conflates-sex-and-gender-report

The Times 11.1.19
Reference to our research on local authorities:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/council-confusion-over-sex-and-gender-could-put-women-at-risk-tckzqfmcq

The Guardian 9.1.19
Quoted in an article on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/09/scotland-census-sex-question-changes-may-risk-reliability-of-data

The Times 6.12.18
Reference to submission to Stage 1 inquiry into Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trans-lobby-has-sent-me-death-threats-says-professor-rosa-freedman-0bl8cpcqh

The Herald 5.12.18
Quoted on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill:
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17278626.scottish-government-is-changing-what-it-means-to-be-female-with-census-bill-academics-warn/

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