Equal Recognition

Two people holding Equal Recognition placard**Respond to the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry**

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.

The Scottish Government ran a public consultation on their draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill from 17 December 2019 to 17 March 2020. Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation. The Scottish Government are currently analysing the consultation responses.