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Gender Recognition Reform Bill Consultation Responses

Today the Scottish Government has published the analysis of consultation responses on the draft Gender Recognition Reform Bill. Dr Mhairi Crawford, Chief Executive for LGBT Youth Scotland said: “LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes this publication. Whilst many found the delay frustrating, it is understandable that there was some delay in progressing legislation to deal with Covid-19, but now is the time to update existing legislation to make it easier for young trans people to get a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) in Scotland.   


"LGBT Youth Scotland looks forward to the Scottish Government delivering its promise to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). This is something young trans people have had to wait a long time for and we hope to see the legislation reflect the positive changes called for by our Gender Recognition Youth Commission, including de-medicalising the process and enabling 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain a GRC. We are pleased to see the majority of respondents to the consultation continue to support these asks (*).

“Throughout the last 18 months, trans young people have highlighted GRA reform as one important step to make life better for them. We look forward to seeing this through and to supporting the other urgent work needed to review and reform trans healthcare. Centralised crisis funding and piloting new ways of delivering services to make the service fit for purpose is urgently required to tackle waiting times that would be unacceptable in any other speciality.” 

On GRA reform, young trans people said in our response to the consultation: 

  • “You don’t need to wait any amount of time to change other forms of identification, like passports and drivers’ licences that have much more effect on your day-to-day life."   
  • "At the age of 16, people can already vote in Scottish elections, have children, get married and change their names – and getting their legal gender changed would help immensely when applying for college or university or for jobs." 

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(*) See page 27 of the analysis document.

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