Statement on the UK Government’s blocking of the GRR Bill
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
1w ago
Yesterday, the UK Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack MP, wrote to the Scottish Government to say that he would be using section 35 of the Scotland Act to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. We are bitterly disappointed that the UK Government have taken this decision. We consider that it is unjustified and anti-democratic. It shows a similar level of contempt from the UK Government towards trans people that their predecessors 35 years ago showed towards LGB people when they introduced section 28. The GRR Bill was passed by a large majority of MSPs – including overwhe ..read more
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Final vote on Gender Recognition Reform Bill due today – here’s what to expect
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
1M ago
Today, we hope that MSPs will vote on whether the Gender Recognition Reform Bill should become law. MSPs will restart debate on the Bill around 1.15pm, carrying on from yesterday’s proceedings which saw MSPs debating and voting on amendments in Parliament until past midnight. MSPs debated around half of the amendments and voted on around a third of them, but so far no amendments have passed which would undermine the Bill, and amendments to raise the age of application back to 18 and to require medical evidence were voted down. One amendment that passed was to remove explicit inclusion of asylu ..read more
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The final stage of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill begins tomorrow – here’s what to expect
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
1M ago
Stage Three of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill starts tomorrow (Tuesday 20th December) with a debate and vote on amendments suggested by MSPs to the Bill. You will be able to watch the proceedings live on Parliament TV: https://www.scottishparliament.tv/ This starts the final part of the Bill’s 9 month journey through Scottish Parliament, which followed on from a 4 year consultation period, one of the longest in Holyrood history. The reforms proposed by the Bill would make it easier for trans men and women in Scotland to change the sex on their birth certificate, and were supported by an ov ..read more
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Stage Three of Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill announced for Tuesday December 20th
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
1M ago
Stage Three of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill will be starting on Tuesday December 20th, with the final vote on Wednesday December 21st.   What can I expect from Stage Three? Stage Three is the final part of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill’s journey through Parliament, where MSPs can suggest changes (known as amendments) to the Bill to be voted on by all other MSPs. In theory, these amendments should not be too similar to amendments which were already voted down at Stage Two – but this isn’t a strict rule!  No amendments have yet been submitted for Stage ..read more
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Final amendments on Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage Two
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Vic
2M ago
Following on from last week’s session (https://www.scottishtrans.org/first-amendments-passed-on-grr-at-stage-two/) the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights, and Civil Justice Committee met yesterday to debate and vote on the remaining proposed amendments to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. As with last week, this very lengthy session allowed MSPs who proposed amendments (changes to how the Bill would work) to make their case, before members of the Committee voted on whether to include the amendments in the Bill or not. Overall, the amendments that passed yesterday are f ..read more
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First Amendments Passed on GRR at Stage Two
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
2M ago
Yesterday in a mammoth committee session, the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights, and Civil Justice Committee debated and voted on many of the 150+ amendments proposed by MSPs at Stage Two of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Committee covered enough of these that we hope that with another session next Tuesday that Stage Two will end on time, and that we could see the final amendments, debate, and vote for Stage Three before Christmas. Here are our thoughts on some of yesterday’s results: We welcome the passing of amendment 115, which clarifies that when the Bill s ..read more
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Response to VICE World News Story that UK Prime Minister Liz Truss wants to ‘pause or prevent’ Scottish Gender Recognition Act reform
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Vic
3M ago
It’s obviously concerning to read today’s VICE story that the new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has sought legal advice to try and ‘pause or prevent’ reform of the Gender Recognition Act in Scotland. The laws surrounding birth certificates and birth registration are devolved to Scotland, and the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill which is currently in the Scottish Parliament has been through all of the normal stages every Bill goes through at Holyrood – which includes a stage to determine that it is within the Scottish Parliament’s power to pass it. Scotland also already has slightly d ..read more
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Stage One Gender Recognition Reform Event Tomorrow
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Flo Oulds
3M ago
Tomorrow (Thursday 27th) we will be hosting an event outside Scottish Parliament at 12:30pm to show MSPs that there is public support for the Gender Recognition Reform Bill from a wide range of people, and to encourage them to vote for the Bill. Below are more details on the event, which you can also find on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/841349863545727 If you’re in Edinburgh or able to travel, please come along tomorrow if you can, and bring your family and friends too! We won’t be on the concrete outside Holyrood as usual, but on the grass to the left of the m ..read more
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Trans equality organisation welcomes recommendations from Scottish Parliament Committee to reform the Gender Recognition Act
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Vic
4M ago
Scottish Trans, the trans equality project of LGBTI equality and human rights charity the Equality Network, has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s publication today of the Stage One report on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. The Committee’s report supports, by a large majority, the general principles of the bill, and also supports the detailed proposals in it. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 is the law that allows trans people to update the sex recorded on their birth certificate, to reflect how they live their lives, and pro ..read more
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Scottish Government responds to thirty-five recommendations from Working Group on Non-Binary Equality
Scottish Trans Alliance
by Vic
7M ago
Today, the Scottish Government has published its response to thirty-five recommendations from the Working Group on Non-binary Equality, as well as a report from the group explaining its recommendations. The Scottish Government convened this group to suggest ways that they could work to make Scotland a safer and more inclusive place for non-binary people. As these are landing on Non-Binary Awareness week, we want to make the case that it’s important that awareness becomes action. We were proud to be part of the working group, and think that the recommendations the group made were all important ..read more
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