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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.

Some people who are on injectable hormones could find that their GP practice is unable to administer the injections at the current time. If this is the case, please ask you GP to switch you onto a different preparation of your hormones that don’t require injecting – you can give your GP all of the information they need by showing them this: https://www.ngicns.scot.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Hormone-Treatment-Alternatives-Covid-Chalmers-Final-190320.pdf
 
This should allow them to smoothly change your prescription, but if they are still unsure they can contact one of the GICs for further advice.
 
However, if you do encounter any problems with continuing your hormones during this time, you should contact the Gender Identity Clinic that covers the area you live in, even if you are not currently or have never been a patient there. They have told us that they will try to solve any problems you are having. If you email your GIC, include your phone number so they can call you back. Some GICs cannot discuss patient treatment by email.

Contact info

Chalmers GIC (people living in NHS Lothian, Fife & Borders areas):

📞 0131 536 1570
📨 Patients can’t email this GIC, but your GP can access a clinical advice email service from them
✉️ Lothian Sexual Health Clinic 2A Chalmers Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9ES
 
 

Grampian GIC (people living in NHS Grampian):

📞 01224 557 651 (ask for Liz McPhail)
📨 Grampian.gic@nhs.net
✉️ Adult Psychiatry, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Cornhill Road, ABERDEEN, AB25 2ZH
 

Sandyford GIC (people living in all other health boards to ones listed, except NHS Highlands):

📞 0141 211 8130
📨 adultgender.sandyford@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
✉️ Sandyford Clinic, 6 Sandyford Place, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G3 7NB
 
 
We have been told by Inverness GIC that they have already contacted their patients to check that there is no problem with their hormone prescriptions.
 
If you are accessing your hormones via a private provider, you should be able to continue this as usual. If you are temporarily unable to access your private prescription then your NHS GP may be willing to consider providing a bridging prescription during that time, as a harm reduction measure. However they are not obliged to.
 
We know that this is a very stressful time for everyone, and also that our NHS is under great strain. Please get in touch with us if you are having problems continuing your hormones and have been unable to solve the issue using the above info. If so, we will do everything we can to help.

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

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit raises many questions about the future of the UK, namely in business, trade, employment, and immigration. If Brexit does come to pass, it will take years to sift through various legal decisions regarding which laws adopted by the UK as part of EU membership will remain, and which will be lost. Research undertaken by The UK in a Changing Europe demonstrates that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, despite the temporary workarounds promised by the EU, the UK may well be thrown into crisis with severe disruptions to air transport and road links.

These concerns prompt a great deal of media attention and public conversation, but one area that is frequently and dangerously overlooked is that of Brexit’s impact on equality policies and particularly LGBTQ+ rights. The only legally binding international human rights document that specifically protects people against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is the Charter of Fundamental Rights, a piece of EU legislation that will likely no longer be available to UK individuals post-Brexit.

Currently, it acts as a vital safety net for British LBGTQ+ individuals, allowing them to turn to EU courts if they feel that the UK government is not doing enough to protect them from persecution. Many British nationals have depended upon both EU courts and European law in this way, with a recent case being that of British man John Walker who relied on EU law to bring an end to inequalities in private pension rights for same-sex couples. Examples of the Charter of Fundamental Rights being invoked in this way highlight its importance, and its loss will leave transgender people in particular vulnerable and without specific protections. In recent years, the UK has implemented legislation such as the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2010, demonstrating significant progression in efforts to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. However, Brexit threatens a regression of these rights and many others that have been tirelessly worked for.

A large contributing factor to concerns of a regression are the statistics that demonstrate a harrowing increase in hostility towards the LGBTQ+ community – and particularly trans individuals. Recent Stonewall Scotland research on LGBT hate crime has reported that in 2017, one in five LGBTQ+ people had experienced a hate crime because of either their gender identity or sexual orientation, with that number increasing to a distressing 48% for trans people specifically.

This hostility and vitriol is similarly directed at the most vulnerable in society: transgender asylum seekers. Asylum seekers who wish to gain citizenship in the UK are already subject to the harmful repercussions of the UK government’s increasingly rigorous immigration policy, policy that undermines basic human rights. Individuals seeking asylum on the basis of persecution due to their sexuality or gender identity are then forced to prove evidence that they were under threat, in a series of gruelling interviews that does not take into account the reality that most of these people would not have been able to live publicly out in their home countries. As a result, offering some form of proof is often impossible, as it was their inability to live freely and openly that led these individuals to flee in the first place. This insensitive and unfeasible demand then leads a number of asylum seekers to feel as if they must provide explicit or intimate evidence to demonstrate the legitimacy of their claim, significantly encroaching upon their privacy.

These unreasonable demands have their roots in the government’s hostile environment policy, and unsurprisingly result in a high refusal rate for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers making their claim on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2017, a massive 1,464 out of 1,887 asylum seekers making a claim on this basis were refused, with only 423 granted asylum.

The experience of asylum seekers waiting to make their claim or hear a response to their claim is often a traumatic one, and is only exacerbated when the individual is LGBTQ+. Transgender individuals suffer specific violence and abuse in the interview process, frequently being misgendered by interviewing officers or refused the right to be in detention with fellow detainees of their self-identifying gender.

Transgender asylum seekers suffer atrocious cases of injustice and discrimination under the current system and governmental immigration policy. The combination of these current hardships and the increase in hostility forecasts a dangerous future for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, one that can only be worsened by either a no-deal Brexit or a Brexit that does not take these issues into account. In order to continue the work that has been undertaken by those advocating for the legal protection of the LGBTQ+ community, the government must establish post-Brexit human rights legislation as a matter of urgency. The lasting pieces of the hostile environment policy must be eradicated in order to ensure the safety and protection of those seeking refuge from persecution. If these measures are not taken, the UK may find itself to be a toxic and dangerous place for LGBTQ+ people, not one of progression but one that must be escaped.

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.

The event gave trans people a unique chance to tell their stories, so the MSPs who represent them could hear about the difference trans equality would make in their lives. So often, discussions about equality for trans people are had without their voices being included.

It was clear from the discussions between trans people attending and the MSPs that the current toxic public debate is having an enormous impact on the lives of trans people. Respectful discussion that help people understand each others’ experiences and viewpoints are critical in making Scotland more accepting. But it’s crucial these discussions start from a place that recognises the validity of trans identities and does not make them the subject of debate.

There is a need for public figures to speak up when they see intolerance or harassment of trans people, in the media or online.

To see so many MSPs from different parties come to listen to trans people’s experiences and needs shows the support within our Parliament for trans rights, and a growing understanding of why reform of the Gender Recognition Act is so desperately needed. The current system medicalises trans identities, and does not include recognition of non-binary people.

These barriers mean that many trans people live without the critical legal paperwork that shows the state recognises who they are. Changes like the ones we’ve seen in Ireland, which now allows people to change their legal gender by making a legal declaration, would be life-changing for so many trans people in Scotland.

MSPs we spoke to are aware of the positive changes this would have. They are keen to make the case for it, and to stand up for trans equality.

It’s now been more than a year since the Scottish Government’s consultation on reforms to the Gender Recognition Act closed.  Two thirds of people in Scotland who responded backed the proposals, showing great support from the Scottish public for trans equality. But despite this promising start, the Scottish Government has yet to respond to the findings or detail their proposals for legislation.

This silence has allowed misinformation to spread, causing alarm in trans communities, as well as for those who are concerned their own rights will be affected. Last week saw Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Cabinet Secretary leading on these reforms, publish a statement reassuring trans communities that the Scottish Government is working hard to protect their rights.

Her support was very welcome, particularly at a time when there has been a great deal of hostility in the media towards trans communities. But this reassurance needs to be followed by action.

It’s important to take time to get any legal changes right, but the longer the Scottish Government wait to release their response, the more opportunity there is for fear and misinformation to spread. Trans communities need their Government to be unequivocal in their support for equality. It is time for the Scottish Government to stand up for trans rights and publish their response to the consultation.

 

This blog was co-authored by Stonewall Scotland, Scottish Trans, Equality Network and LGBT Youth Scotland                                .

 

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. This was done with the following aims and objectives in mind:

  • To identify the level of need and map current service provision
  • To understand the service user experience and access to services
  • To understand how the current gender reassignment protocol is being adhered to and what support services are important to users
  • To identify the inequalities resulting from current service provision

The research looked at information about how many trans people there might be in Scotland, how current services are provided at gender identity clinics, what trans people’s experiences are of using gender identity clinics, and how the approach in Scotland compares to other countries, both in the rest of the UK and internationally. It did this by looking at existing academic evidence and research, by using information from a Scottish Trans Alliance survey on trans people’s experiences of using gender identity clinics, and by interviewing people working in gender identity services in Scotland at the moment. The research was guided by a steering group that was designed to bring experts from the third sector together with members of ScotPHN. This included representatives from Scottish Trans Alliance, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and Stonewall Scotland.

The findings of this research can be used as evidence of the current needs of trans people from Gender Identity Services, where there are gaps in these services, and how they can be improved. The report included recommendations on what should change to make sure that NHS Scotland was providing gender identity services that truly meet the needs of all trans people, and where other organisations such as the charity and voluntary sector may be best placed to provide additional support that falls outside the remit of gender identity clinics. We want to ensure that trans people across Scotland are included in ongoing conversations about how the recommendations made in this research can be followed through to improve trans specific healthcare nationally.

Although we know that the number of referrals to Gender Identity Clinics have been rising in Scotland over the last seven years, and third sector organisations have been hearing anecdotally of the strengths and weaknesses of these services for many years longer than that, there was a lack of clear evidence about the overall national picture that could be used to make the case for changing how these services are provided. This report should be the first step in creating that evidence base.

ScotPHN is a network of people working in public health in Scotland, and its aim is to bring together relevant organisations and individuals to produce research about Scotland’s public health needs.

You can download a Community briefing paper which includes the Executive Summary and Recommendations.

You can read the entire report at: https://www.scotphn.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2018_05_16-HCNA-of-Gender-Identity-Services.pdf

Trans Pride Scotland in Edinburgh on Sat 31st March

Trans Pride Scotland logoScotlands 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, and then converge on the John McIntyre Conference Centre for an afternoon of workshops and socialising! Come along and join in!

Open to all trans people, including non-binary people, and their friends, families and allies.

Please register as attending to receive full information updates by email from Trans Pride Scotland.

Trans Pride Scotland is about trans people being visible and speaking out. Please ensure any banners you bring for the march are hand-made and not professionally printed in order to ensure everyone has a equal voice. While you are welcome to march representing voluntary sector community groups, please do not march with banners advertising commercial businesses, political parties or public sector bodies.

More information can be found on the Trans Pride Scotland website – www.transpridescotland.org

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.

The LGBTI organisations welcoming the proposals are Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland.

Women’s organisations Close the Gap, Engender, Equate Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance have jointly issued a statement of support for reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

The Scottish Government consultation paper launched today proposes to simplify how transgender people can change the gender on their birth certificates. It is proposed to bring the process for birth certificates in line with that for other identity documents such as passports. Trans people would need to complete a formal legal statutory declaration confirming the gender identity in which they live and their intention to do so permanently for the rest of their life. Passports, driving licences, medical records and employment records are already changed by self-declaration when a person starts living in their gender identity.

James Morton, Scottish Trans Alliance Manager, said:

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act.  The current process to change the gender on a trans person’s birth certificate is a humiliating, offensive and expensive red-tape nightmare which requires them to submit intrusive psychiatric evidence to a faceless tribunal panel years after they transitioned. It makes sense for birth certificates to be brought into line with the self-declaration process already used to change all other identity documents when trans people start living in their gender identity.

Being able to change the gender on their birth certificate to match their other identity documents is important primarily to uphold trans people’s privacy and dignity but also to ensure that their pensions, insurance policies, civil partnerships and marriages are all administered correctly.

We urge the Scottish Government to also provide legal gender recognition for non-binary trans people so that all trans people can have equal inclusion and acceptance within Scottish society.”

Close the Gap, Engender, Equate Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and Zero Tolerance, jointly said:

“For over a decade, we have engaged in constructive dialogue with our colleagues in the Scottish Trans Alliance, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Stonewall Scotland. We do not regard trans equality and women’s equality to be in competition or contradiction with each other. We support the Equal Recognition campaign and welcome the reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid in Scotland provide trans inclusive services on the basis of self identification. We will continue to work collaboratively with Scottish Trans Alliance and other equality organisations with the aim of ensuring that new processes are appropriately designed and without unintended consequences.”

Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said:

“This reform is desperately needed as it’s time to move the legislation on from being a long complicated bureaucratic process, which treats being trans as a mental illness.  We believe a better Gender Recognition Act is a crucial next step in achieving equality for all trans people and will help reduce the discrimination and abuse that is all too prevalent in our society.”

The Scottish Government also propose to align the age a person can apply to change the gender on their birth certificate with the age of legal capacity in Scotland, which is 16. In Scotland, people can get married, leave school, have a child, vote and join the armed forces at the age of 16. The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland supports the age reduction.

Fergus McMillan, Chief Executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, said:

“LGBT Youth Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government proposals to reform gender recognition law in Scotland. We are working with young people through our youth commission on gender recognition, to bring their views and experiences to the forefront of the consultation. These reforms will allow all trans people, including trans young people, to live with dignity and equality.”

The Scottish Government consultation paper positively acknowledges the importance of respecting the lives of non-binary people who do not identify solely as men or women. It outlines a variety of possible actions that could assist non-binary people, from making small changes to administrative forms through to providing recognition of non-binary people in legislation and service provision.

At the Scottish LGBTI Hustings event during the 2016 Holyrood election campaign, Nicola Sturgeon was asked when she would recognise non-binary gender identities in law, and replied:

“I think we should, and I think we should do it in the next Parliament, and that’s one of the specific things I think we should look to take forward in terms of reviewing the gender recognition law. I think it is no longer, in this day and age, appropriate for people not to have their perfectly legitimate identity recognised legally.”

Vic Valentine, Scottish Trans Alliance Policy Officer, said:

“Reforming gender recognition law to include non-binary people would be a clear indication that our identities are seen as equally valid to those of men and women. This is a vital step towards creating a society in which non-binary people are truly recognised, and treated with dignity and respect in all aspects of our day-to-day lives.”

 

Photo of Angela Constance, and participants at launch of the Scottish Government's consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act. 9/11/2017

Launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act. 9/11/2017

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For further information, please contact James Morton, Scottish Trans Alliance Manager, on 07554 992626 or james@equality-network.org Quotes and photos from, and interviews with, transgender individuals can be provided.

LGBT Youth Scotland has set up a Youth Commission on Gender Recognition to bring young people’s views and experiences to the forefront of the consultation. Members of the group may be available to speak to the press. Contact: communications@lgbtyouth.org.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. The Scottish Government consultation paper on reforming the Gender Recognition Act can be found at: https://consult.gov.scot/family-law/review-of-the-gender-recognition-act-2004/
  2. The Scottish women’s organisations support statement in full can be found at: http://equalrecognition.scot/supporters/gender-orgs-statement
  3. The governments that already allow full legal gender recognition through self-declaration include: Argentina, California (USA), Colombia, Denmark, Ireland, Malta and Norway.
  4. The governments that already provide various non-binary identity documents, such as birth certificates or passports, include: Argentina, Bangladesh, California (USA), Canada, Denmark, India, Malta, Nepal, New South Wales (Australia), New Zealand, Oregon (USA) and Pakistan.
  5. Nicola Sturgeon’s 2016 speech on non-binary gender recognition can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQGM7Jk2HAs&t=63s
  6. Gender recognition reform does not affect sport. Where necessary for fair and safe competition, sports governing bodies will continue to be able to restrict trans people’s participation regardless of whether they have received legal gender recognition.
  7. Trans people have never been required to obtain legal gender recognition in order to use toilets and changing facilities of their gender identity. The Equality Act 2010 will continue to provide single-sex service providers with the ability to treat trans people differently from other service users if that is a proportionate response to achieve a legitimate aim (such as ensuring adequate privacy).
  8. Scottish Trans Alliance scottishtrans.org is Scotland’s national transgender equality and human rights project and is based within the Equality Network, a national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland: www.equality-network.org
  9. LGBT Youth Scotland lgbtyouth.org.uk is Scotland’s largest youth and community based organisation for LGBT young people. We regularly support professionals to meet the needs of gender non-conforming children under the age of 13 and work with a high number of transgender young people under the age of 16 within our services. We run youth groups across Scotland and two national participation projects, including the LGBT Youth Commission on Gender Recognition.
  10. Stonewall Scotland stonewallscotland.org.uk campaign for equality and justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people living in Scotland. We work with businesses, the public sector, local authorities, the Scottish Government and Parliament and a range of partners to improve the lived experience of LGBT people in Scotland.

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

Support self-declaration for legal gender recognition

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. The UK Government’s promise to consult on reform follows over two years of focused campaigning from transgender equality groups together with pressure from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee.

The Scottish Government has already committed to reform gender recognition law in line with international best practice and has promised to consult on the details at the end of the summer. Like marriage law, gender recognition law is devolved and progress in Scotland positively influences progress in England.

The UK Government’s decision to consult in the autumn on allowing trans people to change the gender on their birth certificates by self-declaration, without having to provide intrusive psychiatric reports and other onerous evidence, is positive step forward for society. It will uphold transgender people’s privacy and dignity and also ensure that their pensions, insurance policies, civil partnerships and marriages are all administered correctly and smoothly. Currently, birth certificates are much harder to change than all other types of identity documents and records so transgender people are often left in limbo with the gender on their birth certificate contradicting all their other official paperwork.

For over 20 years, transgender people in the UK have already been able to change the gender on their passports, driving licences, medical records and employment records by self-declaration at the start of their transitions. It makes no sense to continue to treat birth certificates differently from these other forms of identification and the proposed reform to remove this unfair anomaly is long overdue.

Making it easier to change the gender on birth certificates will not affect how transgender people access single-sex services because they can already use the self-declared gender recorded on their passports and driving licences as identification. Many trans women early in their transitions already regularly use women’s services and facilities without any problems.

Reform of the Gender Recognition Act will not affect the process for accessing NHS gender reassignment services. Medical assessments and criteria for approval to receive NHS hormones and surgeries will remain unchanged.

Sports governing bodies are legally permitted to restrict participation of trans people, even once they have received legal gender recognition, if this is necessary to ensure fair and safe competition. So self-declaration does not create any additional challenges for competitive sports.

There is no evidence to suggest people will falsely change their gender on their official documents. This has not been a problem within any of the existing gender self-declaration processes in the UK or Ireland. It is a serious criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment, to make a false statement on a legal statutory declaration so this provides sufficient protection.

Notes:

1. The Scottish Trans Alliance is Scotland’s national transgender equality and human rights project and is based within the Equality Network, a national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland.

2. Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Malta, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and also the states of Oregon and California in America all have more inclusive gender recognition procedures than the UK. International best practice is to allow gender recognition through self-declaration, to provide a gender neutral option for non-binary trans people who do not identify solely as men or women, and to allow access to gender recognition for young trans people who have transitioned with their parents’ consent.

3. The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee’s Inquiry into Transgender Equality published its report in January 2016 recommending reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The Scottish Trans Alliance was one of the groups that submitted written and oral evidence to the Inquiry.

Equal Recognition: How the law on gender recognition is impacting on trans lives

Read the fantastic article written by Caitlin Logan over at CommonSpace about our Equal Recognition campaign here: http://bit.ly/2rJNhEr

Unveiling our new brand…

We unveiled our new brand identity at the Equality Network Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh last night, 28 February 2017. The launch of the new brand coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Equality Network and the 10th anniversary of the Equality Network establishing the Scottish Trans Alliance project.

 

Scottish Trans - Creating change together - Trans equality in Scotland

The Equality Network’s role is to achieve real and lasting change for LGBTI equality in Scotland, by working together with diverse LGBTI people across Scotland. At the core of the Equality Network’s identity is therefore a new iconic mark. It is a symbol that represents thousands of voices – being heard, being included, and demanding change. It’s the voice of community, change and equality.

The voice icon is an integral part of the brand, appearing in all Equality Network materials and campaigns. The new Equality Network logo retains a human element, but its clear and simple design is a move away from the previous complex logo.

Equality Network logo

Tim Hopkins, Director of Equality Network, said:

“We are pleased to unveil the new Equality Network brand identity. Our new brand reflects our position as a go-to organisation for LGBTI equality in Scotland—active, confident and inclusive. We have chosen a new tagline that clearly sums up what the Equality Network does: “Creating change together“. We are all about getting real change for LGBTI equality in Scotland, by empowering LGBTI people across Scotland and working in partnership.”

In parallel a new identity and tagline has been created for the Scottish Trans Alliance, to help promote our position as Scotland’s centre of expertise on trans issues.

Scottish Trans logo

The new Equality Network and Scottish Trans brand identities have been developed by Glasgow-based Haiwyre Design Ltd. The new brand will be rolled out in a phased approach over the next few months. As part of the brand project, we have already started work on re-developing our two websites. We expect to launch the brand new websites later this year.

The full Equality Network and Scottish Trans brand guidelines will soon be available. Please don’t download the logos from the website, as the quality will be poor. Get in touch if you’d like to request permission to use our logo.

To find our more contact our Communications Officer Jenni Nuppula on press@equality-network.org or 0131 467 6039.

Report from our Equal Recognition: Non-binary seminar

On Sunday, December 11th we held an all-day 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.

The day was split into two sections – in the morning session, we heard presentations from a range of speakers, talking about topics such as what they wanted from the new legislation, what impact non-binary legal recognition would have on existing laws, and what could be learned from international examples in arguing for non-binary recognition.

In the afternoon, there were three simultaneous workshops – two focused on academic and legal discussions, and one focused on non-binary activism.

You can read a report of the day to find out more about what was discussed: equal-recognition-non-binary-seminar-report