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Youth Commission: Gender Recognition

The LGBT Youth Commission on Gender Recognition was established in September 2017 to coincide with the Scottish Government’s consultation to review the Gender Recognition Act (2004).

The 14 youth commissioners are working to ensure that young people’s voices are heard in the Scottish Government consultation and are engaging with key decision makers to bring about legislative change.

Key highlights of their work include:

  • To launch the Scottish Government’s consultation in November 2017, Members of the Youth Commission met with Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities at LGBT Youth Scotland’s Edinburgh Office
  • Youth Commissioners consulted with more than 80 trans young people on the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (2004), with workshops delivered in Dumfries, Glasgow and Edinburgh
  • In February 2018 young people spoke at the Children in Scotland’s ‘Equal Future’ Conference, reaching more than 120 professionals in the children and young people’s sector as part Year of Young People celebrations

Youth commissioners are currently meeting with MSPs to discuss why they’d like to see legislative change for transgender young people.


Equal Recognition

The commission supports the Equal Recognition Campaign which calls for the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (2004) to bring it in line with international human rights best practice.

The three main asks are:

  • Removal of psychiatric diagnosis for gender recognition and for the process to be through self-declaration
  • Legal recognition of non-binary identities
  • Lowering the age of gender recognition to 16


Want to join the commission?

The Gender Recognition Youth Commission is open to young people who identify as trans (including non-binary trans people). If you are interested in joining this Youth Commission, please email

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