In order for trans people to be fully included, accepted and empowered within Scottish society, a variety of equality work needs to be done. Some of this work, such as improving healthcare and preventing hate crimes, involves practical initiatives in partnership with local and national public bodies rather than legislation changes. However, there are also flaws within trans equality legislation that still need addressed by the Scottish Government. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 in particular is in need of urgent improvement.
Therefore, Scotland’s Equal Recognition Campaign calls for reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to bring it in line with international human rights best practice. The Scottish Trans Alliance and Equality Network have joined forces with a diverse range of supporting organisations and individuals to take forward this vital campaign.
We’re delighted that, from 9th Nov 2017 to 1st March 2018, the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on Gender Recognition Act reform covering self-declaration, age and non-binary inclusion. Huge thanks to everyone who responded to the consultation in support of trans rights. The consultation analysis report is expected in the summer.