Scotland passes controversial gender reform Bill

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MSPs back legislation, which will allow transgender people to self-identify, by 86 votes to 39…

The Scottish Parliament has voted to pass Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial gender legislation, which allows transgender people to self-identify. 

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill passed by 86 votes to 39 on Thursday. It will allow Scots to change their legal sex by signing a statutory declaration, removing the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria. 

It will also drastically lower the time period in which someone must live in their “acquired gender” from two years to as little as six months, and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain gender recognition certificates for the first time.

The UK Government said it would consider blocking the overhaul. Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “We share the concerns that many people have regarding certain aspects of this Bill, and in particular the safety issues for women and children.

“We will look closely at that, and also the ramifications for the 2010 Equality Act and other UK-wide legislation, in the coming weeks – up to and including a Section 35 order stopping the Bill going for Royal Assent if necessary.”

Scotland passes controversial gender reform Bill

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