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16 December 2022   |    News

United – An open letter to MSP’s in support of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

We are LGBT+ groups, and organisations from all over Scotland in all our diversity.

This week, the Scottish Parliament has a historic opportunity to continue Scotland’s journey towards full social and legal equality, for all LGBT+ people, by passing a new law which will remove bureaucratic and dehumanising barriers to legal gender recognition for trans men and women.

Collectively we work to make Scotland a better place. As an LGBT+ community we have seen the repeal of Section 28, protection from discrimination, and equal marriage as some of the key steps forward in a country that respects all who live here, no matter who they love or who they are. In this journey we have learned that we are stronger when we are united.

And on this issue we are united.

Passing the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill would be an important next step on our journey to making Scotland a place in which everyone can thrive.

We call on MSPs to reject amendments that would undermine the core principles of the bill. The core principles are:

  1. That gender recognition should be based on a statutory declaration that the person is living in their transitioned gender and intends to do so permanently 
  2. That the minimum age should be 16, with support and advice signposted and available for 16 and 17 year olds 
  3. That the effects of obtaining gender recognition should remain unchanged from those in place since 2005

We, the signatories of this letter, stand resolutely in support of trans equality and human rights. Today we reaffirm our support for the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill and ask all Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote in favour of the bill on 21st December.


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