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16 November 2023   |    News
LGBTI organisations welcome Scottish Government plans to improve the lives of non-binary people
18 September 2023   |   News
At 10am tomorrow (Tuesday 19th September) the Scottish Government’s case for judicial review against the UK Government’s use of a Section 35 order to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill will begin.
9 August 2023   |   News
The charity says that the Secretary of State’s block of an improved gender recognition process achieves nothing other than to “force trans men and women to continue to have to use an intrusive, difficult and expensive process simply to live their lives with the dignity we all deserve.”
10 July 2023   |   News
This week is Non-binary awareness week, an international celebration of all people who don’t fully identify as women or men. To mark this week, we’ve put together 3 key things to know that you can share with family, friends, and colleagues.
30 June 2023   |   News
The Scottish Government have been granted permission to take the UK Government’s decision to use section 35 of the Scotland Act 1998 to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill to Judicial Review.
12 April 2023   |   News
We welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to challenge the UK Government’s veto of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.
6 April 2023   |   News
We will undoubtedly say more over the coming weeks and months, particularly if the UK Government decides to pursue this course of action. For now, these are just proposals – they would have to go through consultation, and the UK Parliament, to actually become changes to the law. But these are some initial thoughts on the suggestion that “sex” in the Equality Act should be defined as “biological sex”.
27 February 2023   |   News
National LGBT+ organisations in Scotland have written today to each of the candidates standing to be next First Minister, to ask that they commit to honouring existing Scottish Government commitments to improve LGBT+ people’s lives, and to continue progressing LGBT+ equality.
16 February 2023   |   News
We have received confirmation that the Sandyford Young Persons Gender Service will continue to see new patients and accept referrals to their waiting list.
27 January 2023   |   News
17 January 2023   |   News
We are bitterly disappointed at the UK Government’s decision to block the GRR Bill using Section 35 of the Scotland Act
21 December 2022   |   News
Today, we hope that MSPs will vote on whether the Gender Recognition Reform Bill should become law.
19 December 2022   |   News
Stage Three of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill starts tomorrow (Tuesday 20th December) with a debate and vote on amendments suggested by MSPs to the Bill.
7 December 2022   |   News
Stage Three of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill will be starting on Tuesday December 20th, with the final vote on Wednesday December 21st.
23 November 2022   |   News
Following on from last week’s session (https://www.scottishtrans.org/first-amendments-passed-on-grr-at-stage-two/) the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights, and Civil Justice Committee met yesterday to debate and vote on the remaining proposed amendments to the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.
16 November 2022   |   News
Yesterday in a mammoth committee session, the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights, and Civil Justice Committee debated and voted on many of the 150+ amendments proposed by MSPs at Stage Two of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.
26 October 2022   |   News
Tomorrow (Thursday 27th) we will be hosting an event outside Scottish Parliament at 12:30pm to show MSPs that there is public support for the Gender Recognition Reform Bill from a wide range of people, and to encourage them to vote for the Bill.
6 October 2022   |   News
Scottish Trans, the trans equality project of LGBTI equality and human rights charity the Equality Network, has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee’s publication today of the Stage One report on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.
7 September 2022   |   News
We respond to the VICE World News Story that the new UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has sought legal advice to try and ‘pause or prevent’ reform of the Gender Recognition Act in Scotland.
13 July 2022   |   News
Today, July 13th 2022, the Scottish Government has published its response to thirty-five recommendations from the Working Group on Non-binary Equality, as well as a report from the group explaining its recommendations.
31 March 2022   |   News
“We take today to recognise the beauty and strength of our community, our creativity and bravery in the face of adversity. But we know that transphobia will not go away overnight, and that we as trans people and allies have to support each other and work together to get to the better world we know is coming.”
3 March 2022   |   News
National LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) organisations in Scotland have welcomed the Scottish Government’s Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, published today.
17 February 2022   |   News
Court upholds Census guidance allowing trans men and women to self-identify their lived sex
25 January 2022   |   News
Equality charity says that attempt to overturn well established guidance for trans men and trans women answering the Census is ‘misguided’ and will send a message that ‘they aren’t counted equally in Scotland’.
20 December 2021   |   News
Today, the Scottish Government has published their three year strategic action framework for transforming gender identity services.
13 September 2021   |   News
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
James Morton has stepped down as Scottish Trans Manager, in order to take on a new career opportunity.
We have appointed Vic Valentine as the new Scottish Trans Manager, starting from today.
22 September 2020   |   News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
On Tuesday 23 April, Scottish Trans, 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
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
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
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
Scottish Trans welcomes the UK Government’s announcement of a consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 in England and Wales.
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