Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Travel

UK blocks Scotland’s pro-LGBTQIA gender recognition law

For the first time, the UK government blocked a legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament to allow transgender people in Scotland to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.

Photo by javier gonzalez from Pexels.com

Not so great Britain.

For the first time, the UK government blocked a legislation approved by the Scottish Parliament to allow transgender people in Scotland to change their legal gender without a medical diagnosis.

Scotland has a democratically elected Scottish Parliament, and an overwhelming majority of Scottish lawmakers voted for the change, with the final tally 86 for, versus 39 against. But because of colonialism, the UK government can flex its colonizer muscle and actually stop Scottish bills from becoming laws.

In a tweet, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, called the UK government’s move “a full-frontal attack on our democratically elected Scottish Parliament and its ability to make its own decisions on devolved matters.”

Scotland passed this new law in December.

Under the current system, trans people can only change the gender marker in their documents after: having a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and proving that they’ve been living in their chosen gender for two years. They also have to be at least 18 years old.

The new rules would have: dropped the medical diagnosis requirement (there focusing on self-determination), cut the waiting time from two years to six months, and lowered the age limit to 16.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Travel

In Belarus, a draft law punishing the "promotion of non-traditional relationships" – which refers to LGBTQIA relationships – is being prepared.

Travel

In Greece, the parliament passed a law legalizing LGBTQIA marriage, making it the first majority Orthodox Christian country to establish marriage equality for all.

#KaraniwangLGBT

Meet transgender woman Jam, who started sex work at 17. Though she used to earn only ₱500 per customer, nowadays, she can make from...

Health & Wellness

The risk of reporting a mental health condition was higher for some gender minority groups, reaching almost one in two (47.2%) for non-binary transgender...

Advertisement