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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.

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

On 20 June 2019, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, made a statement in the Scottish Parliament.  She announced that the Scottish Government will publish a draft Gender Recognition (Scotland) Bill later in 2019.  We will introduce the Bill to Parliament only when there has been full consultation on the precise details.  The Cabinet Secretary has also published a blog.  And we have published a news release.

Previous work on gender recognition

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.