72 LGBT+ groups urge the government to support trans rights

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JUNE 12: Protesters demonstrate outside the Scotish Parliament for reform of the Gender Recognition Act, in an event organised by the Scottish Trans Alliance, on June 12, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)

Sports clubs, police associations, health charities, LGBT+ groups and political parties all condemned recent attempts to “isolate the trans community from the wider LGBT community” as the Scottish government published the draft for the updated version of the gender recognition act. The draft bill sets out a new devolved process to replace the UK-wide system of gender recognition – which would end the need for trans people to provide medical evidence to a gender recognition panel in order to change the gender marker in their birth certificates. Politicians in Scotland received a letter strongly supporting the government’s plans to implement these reforms and support trans people. Stuart Duffy, founder of Scottish LGBT+ media website Pink Saltire, said this is an “unprecedented” case of support given to the transgender community which showed that this question is not at all divisive for Scotland. LGBT+ Conservatives, Labour and Greens all signed the letter, which backs reforming the Gender Recognition Act to de-medicalize the process by which trans people update the gender on their birth certificates.


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