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Review of gender recognition law

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The Scottish Government is committed to reviewing and reforming gender recognition law so it is in line with international best practice for people who are transgender or intersex.

A transgender person has a gender identity that isn't the same as the sex the person was assigned at birth.

Our consultation on gender recognition was open from 9 November 2017 to 1 March 2018.  We have published:

We will publish the responses from individuals which we have permission to publish in due course.

Following on from the analysis of points made by respondents to the consultation, we have published factsheets about trans people, gender recognition, and the proposals in the consultation.  We first published these factsheets in January 2019.  We updated the second factsheet, on trans people in Scotland and the Gender Recognition Act 2004, in May 2019.

People with intersex variations

We will shortly publish a consultation about people with intersex variations.

"Intersex" is a term sometimes used to refer to people with a variation of sex development.  Someone with such a variation has sexual characteristics that do not fit the typical definitions of female or male.