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13 September 2021   |    News

An update and message from our Policy Officer Becky

“I hope this finds you all well. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been in touch. Sorry for that. Life has been very hectic for me since we came down to South Africa to care for Karen’s mum…

2 September 2021   |   News

Scottish Government publishes Gender Recognition Bill consultation analysis

Today, the Scottish Government has published its analysis of responses to the consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, which ran from October 2019 – March 2020.

12 August 2021   |   News

Scottish Government publishes “Supporting Transgender Pupils in Schools” Guidance

Today, Scottish Trans and LGBT Youth Scotland welcome the news that the Scottish Government have launched an updated resource for supporting transgender pupils in schools.

19 July 2021   |   News

Template letter to get the name on your EU Settled Status changed

In March of this year, we were pleased to help an EU Citizen get their EU Settlement Scheme Settled Status updated to reflect their current name. Initially, the Home Office had insisted on using the person’s old name, as shown on their passport from their country of origin. We know that other people may be in the same situation. So we wanted to share a letter that you can send to the Home Office, to get them to change your Settled Status if it’s been issued using the name on your passport, so that it matches your identity.

8 July 2021   |   News

UK Supreme Court Case on Gender X Passports

On Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th July, the UK Supreme Court will be hearing the case of “R (on the application of Elan-Cane) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent)”. It will decide whether or not the UK Government policy of requiring all people who apply for a UK passport to declare themselves ‘male’ or ‘female’, and to be recorded this way on their passport, is discriminatory.

18 May 2021   |   News

Update about phalloplasty and metoidioplasty at St Peter’s Andrology

We know that some of you may be aware that St Peter’s Andrology Centre, the team that provides phalloplasty and metoidioplasty surgery (masculinising genital surgery), reached the end of their contract recently. This means that at the minute, there is no surgical provider across the UK for these procedures. Find out more about what’s going on and support you can access in the meantime if you are worried.

19 April 2021   |   News

Information about covid vaccines

We’ve been hearing that some trans people are having problems registering for a covid vaccine, or are concerned that they have not been invited for their vaccines when they should have been. This is not happening to all trans people, and many have registered or received their invitations as normal. Read on to find more details, and let us know what’s been going on for you

23 March 2021   |   News

Trans equality charity welcome Court of Session Decision on transgender rights

Court rules that Scottish Government acted lawfully in including trans women in an equal opportunities measure to improve women’s representation on public boards

22 March 2021   |   News

Have you registered to vote?

The deadline to register for a postal vote is Tuesday 6th April.

The deadline to register to vote in person is Monday 19th April.

Sometimes, trans people can face delays in registering to vote. Apply as soon as you can to make sure you’re registered before the deadline!

19 March 2021   |   News

Success for trans EU citizen getting settled status

We’re delighted to share that the Scottish Just Law Centre, which we are a partner organisation in with Just Right Scotland, has successfully challenged the Home Office on their requirement that a trans EU citizen had to have their settled status issued using their old name as shown on their passport from their country of origin.

8 March 2021   |   News

International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

This International Women’s Day, three members of the Equality Network and Scottish Trans team reflect on what they #ChooseToChallenge in the fight for gender equality

11 December 2020   |   News

Scottish Trans joins legal challenge to protect gender equality on public authority boards

The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 guarantees women 50% of places on public boards, but a group called ‘For Women Scotland’ wants it to be scrapped, because they object to it allowing trans women to be included. Scottish Trans has been granted permission to intervene. The hearing is on 7 January 2021.

26 October 2020   |   News

Announcing new Scottish Trans Alliance Manager

James Morton has stepped down as Scottish Trans Alliance Manager, in order to take on a new career opportunity.
We have appointed Vic Valentine as the new Scottish Trans Alliance Manager, starting from today.

22 September 2020   |   News

Our response to the UK Government’s announcement on the Gender Recognition Act

Today’s announcement by the UK Government that they intend to make only tiny improvements to the Gender Recognition Act in England and Wales is disappointing but not surprising.

16 June 2020   |   News

Letter to The Sun from trans activists

Misogyny is a pervasive force and one that treats survivors and victims of sexual and domestic violence as bylines to their abusers story. We stand alongside JK Rowling in this cruel and malicious reporting, which sends a dangerous message to all survivors that their stories are only valid when corroborated by their abusers.

14 June 2020   |   News

Scottish Trans Alliance response to today’s Sunday Times front page

The Sunday Times has reported that an unnamed UK Government source has leaked to them a draft of what the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, apparently proposes to do to try to undermine trans equality.

24 April 2020   |   News

Response to UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities’ speech on trans rights

On Wednesday 22nd April, the UK Government Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, made concerning remarks about trans people’s rights to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Select Committee. The Minister’s statements, if implemented as UK Government policy, could represent a reduction of trans people’s rights thinly disguised as progress.

1 April 2020   |   News

Scottish Government announcement that the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill is on hold due to the coronavirus crisis

We understand that dealing with the current outbreak of COVID-19 must be the Scottish Government’s top priority. That is why we support today’s announcement that they will deprioritise any new primary or secondary legislation not intended to deal with this public health crisis until it is over. At least six bills are now currently on hold, and these include the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

27 March 2020   |   News

Important information about continuing your hormones during the coronavirus outbreak

We have been assured that there is no reason to expect that your prescriptions for hormones during the coronavirus outbreak will not continue from your GP as normal.

22 November 2019   |   News

Brexit’s Dangerous Impact on Transgender Asylum Seekers

Elise Middleton is a content writer for the Immigration Advice Service, an organisation of UK immigration solicitors offering legal aid and support to asylum-seekers, trafficking survivors and survivors of domestic abuse.

25 April 2019   |   News

Being Trans 2019

On Tuesday 23 April, Scottish Trans Alliance, Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, Amnesty Scotland and LGBT Youth Scotland brought trans people and MSPs from across the political spectrum together at the Scottish Parliament.

25 May 2018   |   News

An important new piece of research on trans healthcare in Scotland!

The Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) conducted a health care needs assessment about trans people and their access to specialist Gender Identity Services in Scotland that was published in May 2018.

8 March 2018   |   News

Trans Pride Scotland in Edinburgh on Sat 31st March

Scotlands first ever Trans Pride event is taking place in Edinburgh on Trans Day of Visibility – Saturday 31st March 2018! Hundreds of trans people and their allies will gather at the City Chambers on the Royal Mile at 12 noon, march proudly down the Royal Mile for speeches outside the Scottish Parliament.

9 November 2017   |   News

Equality organisations welcome Scottish Government consultation to improve the Gender Recognition Act

Leading LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) and women’s equality organisations in Scotland have today welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on improving the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

23 July 2017   |   News

UK Gov consultation on outdated Gender Recognition Act is a positive step forward for society

The Scottish Trans Alliance welcomes the UK Government’s announcement of a consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 in England and Wales.

1 March 2017   |   News

Unveiling our new brand…

We unveiled our new brand identity at the Equality Network Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh last night, 28 February 2017.

19 December 2016   |   News

Report from our Equal Recognition: Non-binary seminar

The aim of the day was to bring together non-binary community members and activists with lawyers, academics and other professionasls with knowledge and expertise in this area to start thinking about how non-binary legal gender recognition could and should work in Scotland.

7 July 2016   |   News

Scottish Trans comments on the UK Government Response to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Transgender Equality

Today, the UK Government published their response to the Women and Equalities Committee Report on Transgender Equality. Whilst the Scottish Trans Alliance welcomes some of the content, overall we think that the response is very disappointing.

31 March 2016   |   News

LGBTI equality charity welcomes SNP commitments on equality

Scotland’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) equality groups the Equality Network and Scottish Trans Alliance are welcoming the commitments made today by the SNP on LGBTI equality.

24 March 2016   |   News

Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee publishes summary about Trans Equality

The Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee have published a short report about trans equality. The report summarises the evidence given by the Scottish Transgender Alliance to the Committee on February 4th.

17 March 2016   |   News

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights releases a new report about the challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people

Yesterday, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights released a new report entitled: “Professionally Speaking: Challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people in Europe”.

14 January 2016   |   News

Scottish Trans Alliance welcomes the publication of the Women and Equalities Committee’s Transgender Equality Inquiry Report

The UK Parliament’s Women and Equalities Committee has published its report of its Inquiry into Transgender Equality. The report recommendations are wide-ranging and we are delighted at the strength with which the report calls for many key improvements.

13 October 2015   |   News

Scottish Trans Alliance gives evidence at the Women and Equalities Committee Inquiry into Trans Equality

On Tuesday 13th October at 10.30AM, the Scottish Trans Alliance manager, James Morton, gave oral evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into trans equality. The session covered a wide range of issues to do with how trans people’s equality is affected by the law, and also trans equality within employment.

8 September 2015   |   News

Trans Inquiry Live on Parliament TV

You can watch the Trans Inquiry being held by the Women and Equalities Select Committee live on Parliament TV. The topics being discussed today are health, as well as hate crime & transphobia.

4 September 2015   |   News

Irish Gender Recognition Act signed into law

We’re delighted to hear that Ireland’s Gender Recognition Act is now being signed into law.

24 August 2015   |   News

Scottish Trans Alliance at Glasgow Pride

This Saturday, 22nd August, the Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, and lots of our lovely volunteers lead the Pride march through Glasgow to call for trans rights now.

7 August 2015   |   News

Polish Senate passes first Gender Recognition Law

TGEU released the following press statement about the passage of Poland’s first ever Gender Recognition Law.

19 June 2015   |   News

EU Commission says that all trans people should be protected from discrimination

On May 5th, the EU Commission published a report on the implementation of the Gender Goods & Services Directive stating that anti-discrimination law should apply to all trans people.

22 April 2015   |   News

Ask your MSPs to support gender X passports for people who do not identify as men or women

We’re delighted that Alison Johnstone MSP has submitted the following motion in the Scottish Parliament supporting non-gendered passports for non-binary people.

6 February 2015   |   News

WPATH Issues Statement on Legal Gender Recognition

On 19 January, 2015 the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) issued a statement asserting its position regarding legal gender recognition.

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