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Consultation on Gender Recognition Act 09/11/2017 Plans have been unveiled to make it simpler – and less intrusive – for transgender people to be legally recognised in their acquired gender.

Consultation on Gender Recognition Act

Plans have been unveiled to make it simpler – and less intrusive – for transgender people to be legally recognised in their acquired gender.

At the moment, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, it is possible to apply to a Gender Recognition Panel and obtain a full Gender Recognition Certificate. A person with a full Gender Recognition Certificate is recognised legally as having acquired a new gender. The consultation, launched by Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equality Angela Constance, proposes to streamline the process.

It includes proposals that would bring Scotland into line with international best practice:

  • Replacing requirements to provide medical evidence and to live in an acquired gender for two years when seeking legal gender recognition, with a self-declaration system
  • Reducing the age at which recognition can be obtained to 16, and considering options for under-16s
  • Options for the legal recognition of non-binary people – people who do not identify as male or female.

The consultation is open for comments until 1st March 2018. It can be found here.

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