The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill is an historic step forward for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in Scotland. It has the potential to deliver equal partnership rights for trans and intersex people. However, we have identified five improvements that need to be made in order to ensure that it does. We have therefore proposed five amendments to the Bill. The Equal Opportunities Committee has made recommendations relating to these amendments and we hope that the Scottish Parliament will vote to support them.
The Ministry of Justice is bringing in a new fee system for all tribunals including the Gender Recognition Panel. Despite our own consultation response, and that of other organisations, stating that a single system for all tribunals would have a disproportionately adverse effect on certain applicants, including trans people, the UK Government has decided to go ahead with the proposals.
If you are planning to apply for gender recognition you may wish to consider doing so before the new system comes into place on Monday 7th October.
The new system will work as follows:
Disposable Capital Test
- This first test assesses the applicant’s disposable capital e.g. savings, investments, second homes etc
- If an applicant has £3000 or more of disposable capital they will be required to pay the full fee – currently £140 (although this may change when this system comes into force)
- If an applicant has under £3000 of disposable capital they will move onto the Gross Monthly Income Test
Gross Monthly Income Test
- This second test assesses the applicant’s gross monthly income i.e. their monthly income before tax from all sources except excluded benefits
- If an applicant’s income is below the threshold set out in the table below they will not have to pay a fee
- If an applicant’s income is over the relevant threshold set out in the table above they will be required to make a contribution towards their fee of £5 for each additional £10 income above the threshold, up to the value of the fee e.g. if an applicant has an income of £1185, an additional £100 over the relevant threshold, they will be required to pay £50 towards the fee
We are very pleased that the contracts providing for gender reassignment surgery to trans people in Scotland have been awarded. [Read more...]
We have now submitted our evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. If you would like to read our evidence you can view it here.
Although existing state law already banned discrimination based on gender identity, this new law breaks new ground in specifically ensuring that all children in California schools will be allowed to participate in the full school experience including sports, programs and activities that match their gender identity.
News coverage of Glasgow Pride and the growing protests over the situation in Russia.
What is believed to be the only memorial to victims of transphobic violence in the world has been vandalised in Manchester less than a month after it was dedicated.
Great news that the pressure on Russia is continuing to grow. Lets use our strong ties with the Russian people to bring an end to human rights abuses in that country.
From San Diego, California USA. Some great photos and self-descriptions of gender identity are showcased here.