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GRA Reform

Spain considers radical trans bill

A draft law allows over-14s to change their legal gender with no medical diagnosis
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GRA Reform

Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill – Oral Evidence

I met with the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on Monday 27 June 2022. The session was private and informal. The notes were posted by the EHRCJ Committee and are available on the Scottish Parliament website.

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GRA Reform

Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill – Submission

My written submission to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 15 May 2022.
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GRA Reform

Self-ID will not give trans people “dignity and respect”

Why is Caroline Nokes pushing so hard against current Government policy?
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GRA Reform

Scotland’s Gender Recognition Act won’t help trans people

Today’s* bill is as bad as feared
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GRA Reform

Sense in Parliament at Last on GRA Reform?

Last night’s* Westminster Hall debate on GRA reform ended the tactics of no debate on transgender rights. At times it was passionate; Miriam Cates was interrupted eight times in ten minutes as she argued the case for women, children, and science.

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The Gender Recognition Act Debated

Sophie Grace Chappell and Debbie Hayton

The Gender Recognition Act was debated by Sophie Grace Chappell (SGC) and Debbie Hayton (DH) on Mornings with Kaye Adams (KA). BBC Radio Scotland, Monday 21 February 2022.

Clip from Mornings with Kaye Adams, BBC Radio Scotland. 21 February 2022
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GRA Reform

Women are right to worry about reform of the Gender Recognition Act

If anyone can change their legal sex – just because they want to – then what it means to be a woman becomes no more than a feeling in a man’s head. No wonder that a growing number of women are concerned about the Scottish Government’s proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

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GRA Reform

Stop saying the UK is transphobic

The Council of Europe is peddling a fantasy

When it gathered in Strasbourg on Tuesday* to condemn “the extensive and often virulent attacks on the rights of LGBTI people”, the Council of Europe singled out a small collection of the most inhospitable countries. It contained the usual suspects — Russia, Turkey, Poland, Hungary — but also a more surprising addition: the United Kingdom.

The UK has left the European Union, but we remain a member of the Council of Europe. The CoE is an older and larger organisation — hence the inclusion of Russia and Turkey — and is built around the European Convention on Human Rights. This week’s meeting revealed just how empty some of those human rights have become.

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It might be called the Women and Equalities Committee, but the report seems to care little about the needs of women, gay and lesbian people, and – indeed – transsexuals like me.

The Women and Equalities Select Committee have just published another report into the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act. The inquiry was launched in October 2020, and written submissions were collected over a year ago. Oral evidence was heard in the early part of this year, but the committee waited until four days before Christmas – in the midst of another Covid storm – to share their findings.