The STUC LGBT+ Committee welcomed the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government plan to introduce a Gender Recognition Reform Bill within the next year to improve the lives of trans people. The Bill will make life easier for trans men and women to be legally recognised removing some of the significant barriers, trauma and lengthy timescale currently required. STUC LGBT+ Committee Vice Chair, Kris Hendry said: “Equalities are at the heart of the trade union movement and we have long supported the rights of trans people to self-declaration. We welcome the Scottish Government plans to introduce a Gender Recognition Reform Bill as a significant step in creating an equitable society in Scotland and reducing discrimination.
“Trans people across Scotland face unacceptable discrimination, harassment and abuse in their daily lives. The process of obtaining legal recognition of your gender should be simple. We hope this Bill will help trans people to easily obtain that legal recognition by removing the current medical requirements and reducing the time that trans people need to have lived in their acquired gender.
“We will support the Bill moving into legislation although we are disappointed that it does not cover non-binary people who also require improved legislation. Further, we know that trans men and women face further barriers trying to access health care services and call for the Government to invest in improved service provision.”