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Youth Commission: Gender Recognition

The LGBT Youth Commission on Gender Recognition was established from September 2017 to Spring 2020 to coincide with the Scottish Government’s consultation to review the Gender Recognition Act (2004). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Scottish Government paused the reform of the Gender Recognition Act and so the youth commission are currently focussing on other aspects of Trans Rights.

The 14 youth commissioners worked to ensure that young people’s voices were heard in the Scottish Government consultations and engaged 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
  • 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
  • Throughout 2019 young people met with MSPs to discuss why they’d like to see legislative change for transgender young people.
  • In February 2020 the Youth Commission submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform Bill


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 diagnosisfor gender recognition and for the process to be through self-declaration
  • Legal recognition of non-binaryidentities
  • Lowering the ageof gender recognition to 16


Want to join the commission?

The Gender Recognition Youth Commission is not currently running, however young people interested in taking action on trans rights may want to join the Trans Rights Youth Commission.

Want to find out more about the Equal Recognition campaign: 

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