The Scottish Government has published a draft Bill reforming the process for obtaining legal gender recognition.
Written by National Newsdesk, The National
The draft Bill – which is now open for consultation – aims to remove barriers currently in place for an individual to secure the legal recognition of their gender identity.
Included in the Bill is a proposal to scrap the current requirement for people to apply to the UK Gender Recognition Panel. Instead, they would apply to the Registrar General for Scotland.
It would also remove the requirement for applicants to provide medical evidence of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, while retaining the requirement that applicants must make a solemn statutory declaration that they have been living in their acquired gender for three months and intend to do so permanently.
The minimum age of application would also be reduced from 18 to 16 as part of the proposals.
A minimum three-month period of reflection between applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate and confirming the application would also be introduced as part of the Bill.
SFC Editor’s Note: Sisters For Change is launching a series of reports on behalf of the Equality & Justice Alliance. Comparative Legal Review of Gender Recognition Laws Across the Commonwealth was commissioned by Sisters For Change and authored by Peter Dunne and Stephen Clark. The purpose of the report is to provide guidance to Commonwealth countries wishing to develop domestic gender recognition laws.