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Equal Recognition Campaign

The Equality Network and Scottish Transgender Alliance (STA) strongly believe that the Gender Recognition Act 2004 is out-dated and in urgent need of reform to bring it into line with international human rights best practice.

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We are asking you to support the Equality Network and STA’s Equal Recognition Campaign. To do this, please click the red link above. We are calling for the Scottish Government to reform the out-dated Gender Recognition Act 2004. We know that achieving this will not resolve all trans equality and human rights issues – there is other work to also be done.

Equal Recognition Campaign calls:

1. Remove the psychiatric diagnosis requirement from legal gender recognition

Trans people can change their gender on their passports and other day-to-day documents without having to see a psychiatrist. However, the process to change legal gender on a birth certificate requires an applicant to receive a psychiatric diagnosis and to provide a detailed psychiatric report about their life history, current circumstances and identity in order to prove that diagnosis. This unnecessary and intrusive requirement undermines the personal autonomy of trans people because it places psychiatrists into the inappropriate role of gatekeepers to legal rights. Psychiatry should be about helping people improve their mental health and not about deciding which trans people merit access to their human rights.

2. Reduce the age at which people can get legal recognition of the gender they live as

Currently a young person under the age of 18 cannot apply for a gender recognition certificate to correct the gender listed on their birth certificate. This undermines their self-esteem, violates their privacy and exposes them to discrimination. Significant numbers of young people are living successfully in a new gender with the full support of their parents and school teachers. Although they could easily satisfy all of the conditions required to receive gender recognition young people are discriminated against because of their age.

3. Introduce legal recognition for people who do not identify as men or women

The law should be improved to provide legal recognition and identity documents to people who live as other than men or women.  No one should be forced to have a gender listed on their birth certificate or passport which does not correspond to how they actually live and identify.  Many countries already legally recognise that some people do not identify as men or women and provide them with legal documents, such as birth certificates and passports, which respect their non-binary gender. (Having a non-binary gender identity is not the same as being a physically intersex person.)

As always our campaigns are entirely dependent on your donations. That’s why we urgently need your support to help fund the Equal Recognition campaign. So please donate whatever you can afford today: