Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill (Detailed)

Closed 16 May 2022

Opened 21 Mar 2022

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We are seeking your views on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

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Short survey

If you wish to provide a short response with your views on the Bill overall, please complete the survey.

  1. Do you agree with the overall purpose of the Bill?
  2. Should applicants for a GRC require a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria or supporting documentation?
  3. Should the period of living in an acquired gender be reduced from 2 years to 3 months (with an additional 3-month reflection period)?
  4. Do you agree with the introduction of a 3-month reflection period before a GRC is granted?
  5. Do you agree with the removal of the Gender Recognition Panel from the Process, with applications instead being made to the Registrar General?
  6. Should the minimum age for applicants be reduced from 18 to 16?
  7. Do you anticipate any negative impacts from the provisions in the Bill?
  8. Do you wish to comment on any other provisions in the Bill?

If you are a stakeholder who would like to comment at length on the specific provisions in the Bill, please share your views in the detailed consultation

Detailed consultation

  • the removal of the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and supporting medical evidence
  • provisions enabling applicants to make a statutory declaration that they have lived in the acquired gender for a minimum of three months (rather than the current period of two years) and that they intend to live permanently in their acquired gender
  • whether applications should be made to the Registrar General for Scotland instead of the Gender Recognition Panel, a UK Tribunal
  • proposals that applications are to be determined by the Registrar General after a further period of reflection of at least three months
  • whether the minimum age for applicants for obtaining a GRC should be reduced from 18 to 16
  • if you have any comments on the provisions for interim GRCs
  • if you have any comments on the provisions for confirmatory GRCs for applicants who have overseas gender recognition
  • if you have any comments on the offences of knowingly making a false application or including false information
  • if you have any comments on the removal of powers to introduce a fee
  • if the Bill’s intended policy outcomes could be delivered through other means such as using existing legislation or in another way?
  • if you have any suggestions for how this Bill could be amended. If so, please provide details
  • any other comments on the Bill