The Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill ends on 17th March 2020.

It means improving the demeaning and dysfunctional legal process for someone to change their birth certificate. It does not impact other identity documents, such as driving licence, passport or NHS details, which can already be done on a self-declared basis.

The main reforms proposed by the Government are:

– Bringing the age of legally acquiring a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) inline with all other ID documents, to age 16.

– Removing the requirement for medical and psychological assessments and evidence before a GRC can be issued

– Introduce a self-declaration model and remove the need for an unknown and unrepresentative gender panel from the process

Have your say, either as an individual or organisation (or both), by using the link here.

Mythbusting graphics:

Links to more information:

Women’s organisations – Joint statement

Scottish Trans – Equal Recognition website

LGBT Youth Scotland – Guide to Responding to the GRA Consultation

Stonewall Scotland – GRA helpful guidance

Support for GRA (LGBT Orgs) – “Together” joint letter