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Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Bill changes the process to get a gender recognition certificate (GRC). A GRC is a certificate that legally recognises that a person’s gender is not the gender that they were assigned at birth, but is their “acquired gender”.

The current process for obtaining a GRC is set out in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This Bill amends that Act to make a new process in Scotland.

The Bill sets out:

  • who can apply for a GRC
  • how to make an application
  • the grounds on which an application is to be granted

It also makes provision about:

  • different types of GRC that may be issued in different circumstances (“full” GRCs and “interim” GRCs)
  • appeals and reviews of decisions to grant (or not grant) GRCs
  • revocation of a GRC and offences in connection with false information being provided in an application

The Bill ended Stage 3 on 22 December 2022


Contents


Stage 2 - Changes to detail

MSPs can propose changes (“amendments”) to the Bill. The amendments are considered and decided on by a committee.

The Bill ended Stage 2 on 22 November 2022

Timetable

The Parliament agreed that consideration of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 be completed by 23 November 2022.

First meeting on amendments

Documents with amendments considered at the meeting held on 15 November 2022


Meeting on 15 November 2022

Minutes of proceedings

Second meeting on amendments

Documents with amendments considered at the meeting held on 22 November 2022.


Meeting on 22 November 2022

Minutes of proceedings

Bill as amended at Stage 2

Additional information from the Scottish Government on the Bill following Stage 2