The Bill changes the process to get a gender recognition certificate (GRC). A GRC is a certificate that legally recognises that a person’s gender is not the gender that they were assigned at birth, but is their “acquired gender”.
The current process for obtaining a GRC is set out in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This Bill amends that Act to make a new process in Scotland.
The Bill sets out:
who can apply for a GRC
how to make an application
the grounds on which an application is to be granted
It also makes provision about:
different types of GRC that may be issued in different circumstances (“full” GRCs and “interim” GRCs)
appeals and reviews of decisions to grant (or not grant) GRCs
revocation of a GRC and offences in connection with false information being provided in an application