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UCU statement on Scottish Gender Recognition Reform Bill

18 January 2023

Yesterday the UK government took the unprecedented step to block the implementation of the Scottish Parliament's Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

It has prevented the implementation of legislation in Scotland that would make the process for legally changing gender more respectful, enabling trans men and trans women to live authentically - and be recognised by the law when doing so. UCU supports the legislation as agreed by its congress, provided supportive submissions to the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament consultations during this process, and will continue to support the full implementation of this law.

UCU believes in building an inclusive culture. That includes supporting its trans and non-binary members to live their lives in safety and with dignity and respect. This legislation would have ensured trans people, a group that only makes up 0.5% of the population, had easier access to employment opportunities and everyday services cisgender people might take for granted.

Rather than enable changes that would allow trans people to live happier and more peaceful lives, the UK government has chosen to stoke division and attack one of the most marginalised groups in society. It is a shameful moment.

Last updated: 19 January 2023