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Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Published: 12th May 2022

Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, in order to legally change gender a person needs to be over 18, have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria by two medical practitioners, and have lived in their new gender identity for two years before applying to a Gender Recognition Panel (GRP) for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). The recognition process is lengthy, interviews may be experienced as intrusive and the gathering of evidence in support of the application can be costly, complex, and inaccessible to some trans-identifying people. Some reform is therefore required, but we believe the proposed changes are ideologically driven, unsafe, and unworkable.


The new proposals we believe would be harmful for individuals, their families and society generally. They rely on a self-declaration process that would make gender identity a matter of a person's subjective feelings and changing legal gender a matter of personal choice. They encourage the view that gender identity defines reality, and that biological sex is but a social construct, something 'assigned' at birth. This new ideological dogma has no evidence-base in science, but self-declaration would appear to reinforce it as if proven fact. No such reality-defining proof exists.
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