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Gender Recognition Reform

The Scottish Government has announced a consultation on reforming Gender Recognition in Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland will ensure that transgender young people’s views are heard and included. To do this, we will create a written response that includes findings from our Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People 2017 research and the Youth Commission on Gender Recognition‘s peer consultation taking place through November. We will also support the Youth Commission to engage with their MSPs on the issue. 

As stated in our manifesto, we believe that the following changes would improve the Gender Recognition process by removing unnecessary barriers:

  • Reduction in the age for legal gender recognition to age 16, the age at which young people in Scotland have full legal capacity, and the ability for children under 16 to access legal gender recognition with consent from a parent or legal guardian
  • Improved legislation to ensure there is legal recognition for those who do not identify as a man or a woman, allowing for non-binary gender identities to be recognised and validated 
  • Removal of the psychiatric diagnosis requirement for legal gender recognition 


LGBT Youth Scotland is working with the Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, and Stonewall Scotland on the Equal Recognition campaign to make sure that transgender people across Scotland have an opportunity to make their views heard. To find out more about the campaign, visit EqualRecognition.Scot

Learn more about the work of our Youth Commission on gender recognition here