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. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 in particular is in need of urgent reform.
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 make this happen.
From Nov 2017 to March 2018, the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on Gender Recognition Act reform. Huge thanks to everyone who responded in support of trans rights. We now know that around 60% of respondents to that consultation supported our campaign calls. We’re still waiting for the Scottish Government to introduce the legislation, but have had reassurances that the law will be reformed before the end of this parliament (2021).