Speaking at Westminster Hall on Monday, Mhairi Black said the Gender Recognition Certificate only helps “in a few legal situations” such as marriage and death taxes and most of the problems people face with Gender Recognition Law reform. associated with their problems with self-identification. separately in the Equality Act.
MP said:[The certificate] has nothing to do with prisons, GRC is not required to update the gender on your passport or driver’s license.
“The GRC is not required to use sex facilities such as restrooms or locker rooms, and we know that the current process is deeply invasive, traumatic, unnecessary, and inhumane.”
Last year the SNP and the Scottish Greens agreed that the Gender Equality Recognition Act (GRA) Reform Bill 2004 would be presented to the Scottish Parliament in the first year of parliamentary session.
The GRA governs how transgender people can currently achieve legal gender recognition, and the proposed GRA reform would make it easier for a person to change their legally recognized gender.
The proposed changes mean that applicants will no longer need to apply to the UK Gender Recognition Commission or present a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Many of the concerns voiced by the groups relate to the impact the legislation could have on women-only spaces.
However, such spaces will still be protected separately under the Equality Act 2010.
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“Self-identification is not a new concept. Each of us has the right to define who we are,” Ms. Black said. “Every time you fill out a form, you self-identify your nationality, your sexual orientation, your religion.
“The Equality Act in 2010 made it clear that transgender people also have the right to self-identity, and it lays out exceptions for single-sex service providers should there ever be any issues.
“We hear statements that women’s rights are under threat. Well, I’m a woman, I don’t feel threatened. If anything, what makes me feel most threatened are quite often very aggressive and often male anonymous accounts that claim to be protecting me from something.”
A recent Savanta ComRes poll showed overall support for simplifying the GRA process in Scotland, with 57% in favor and 20% against.
The survey of about 2,000 respondents also showed that young people and women are more supportive of gender reform than older people and men.
There were also three public consultations that demonstrated general support for reform in Scotland, especially among women.
Reform of the Gender Recognition Act is currently one of the most popular pieces of legislation in the history of the Scottish Parliament.
Ms Black said the GRA reform has been shelved as it has become “a breeding ground for misinformation, radicalization and the rejection of already established LGBT+ rights.”
She added: “If we don’t make these reforms, all I can say to the chairman is that I hope history will judge us as harshly as we deserve.”