Scotland’s plans to reform gender-recognition laws could be ‘kicked into the long grass’ because of coronavirus

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03/20/2020

Scotland could put plans to reform gender recognition laws on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, according to The National. The reforms, which have been in the works since 2017, would make it simpler for transgender people to update the gender on their birth certificate in Scotland. A public consultation on the draft bill containing the proposed changes to the existing legislation closed last on March 17. The proposed reforms could shorten the time period trans people must wait between applying to change the gender marker on their birth certificate from two years to three months, lower the age limit from 18 to 16 and remove the need for trans people to have a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

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