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Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

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

Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill as introduced

The Bill is at Stage 1


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill is at Stage 1

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee

Find out more about this committee

Stage 1 Timetable

Parliament agreed that consideration of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 28 October 2022.

Responses to the call for views

The call for views ended on 16 May 2022.

View the responses

The Committee also held an informal briefing with officials from the Scottish Government’s Bill Team on 15 March to better understand the provisions in the Bill before starting formal oral evidence at stage 1. The Committee will hear from the Cabinet Secretary at conclusion of its evidence taking.

As agreed at its meeting of 15 March, the Committee held two informal, private engagement sessions with trans people and other stakeholders.

Read the summary of the informal session with the Scottish Government officials71.5KB pdf posted 26 May 2022

On 7 June, the Committee took private evidence from an anonymous witness.

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

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Meeting on 17 May 2022
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Meeting on 24 May 2022
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Meeting on 31 May 2022
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Meeting on 7 June 2022
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Meeting on 14 June 2022
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Meeting on 21 June 2022
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Meeting on 22 June 2022
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Meeting on 28 June 2022
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Correspondence

The correspondence the Committee sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament.

David Parker Supplementary Written Evidence

Supplementary written evidence sent by David Parker, Lead Clinician, National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 22 June 2022

Royal College of General Practitioners

Written evidence sent by the Royal College of General Practitioners to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 7 June 2022

Supplementary evidence from Scottish Trans LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall

Joint supplementary written evidence sent by Scottish Trans and Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland, and Stonewall Scotland to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee, 3 June 2022

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Work by other committees

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Meeting on 10 May 2022

Report published on 16 May 2022

Finance and Public Administration Committee

Scrutiny of Financial Memorandum

Committee report

The lead committee will publish a Stage 1 report in due course.

The Committee received the following responses to its report –

Responses will be published here.