Over six years ago, the Equal Recognition campaign was launched to reform the Gender Recognition Act (2004) to bring it in line with international best practice, using a human rights approach.
LGBT Youth Scotland is a key partner in the campaign working alongside the Scottish Trans Alliance, the Equality Network, Stonewall and a whole host of supporters including LGBTI, women’s and youth organisations.
Following two public consultations, the Scottish Government has now introduced the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill for the Scottish Parliament to consider.
Key asks from the initial campaign have already been conceded, with non-binary recognition off the table for this legislation, and options for those aged 12 to 15 excluded entirely in its current form.
This Bill now needs to pass to improve the lives of trans people in Scotland, without being watered down any further.
We need your help to make sure MSPs across the Scottish Parliament vote to pass it into law — and take into consideration the needs of trans young people under 16.
What the Bill will do
Abolish the current Gender Recognition Panel system and requirements for medical evidence.
Introduce a system of statutory declaration, which means a trans person would make a formal legal declaration confirming that they are living in their acquired gender and intend to continue to do so for the rest of their life.
Reduce the age when people can apply for a gender recognition certificate from 18 to 16.
How you can help
Below you can find our E-Action tool to help you email your MSPs, and everything you need to know about the background to the Bill and why it's so important to the young people we work with.