Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

Date: 3rd May 2022
Category: Health and health services

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Closing Date: 16th May 2022

Scottish Government has introduced draft legislation to change the system through which transgender people can gain legal recognition in Scotland. This will create a number of changes including a reduced time period that applicants are required to live in their acquired gender and applicants will no longer be required to provide a medical diagnosis or medical evidence to support their application. You are invited to share your views on this proposed legislation.

The Bill proposes to:

  • remove the requirement for medical evidence
  • remove the GRP from the process - applications will be made instead to the Registrar General for Scotland
  • reduce the period that applicants must live in their acquired gender from 2 years to 3 months
  • introduce a mandatory 3-month reflection period
  • reduce the minimum age for applicants from 18 to 16
  • introduce a new duty on the Registrar General to report on an annual basis, the number of applications for GRCs and the number granted.

You have two options on how to respond to this consultation.

Option one is via a short survey on the general principles of the Bill. Option two is through sharing your detailed views on specific provisions of the Bill.

Find out more about this consultation and how to respond here.