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Scottish government delays transgender laws

August 2019

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times.

The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public.

The Scottish government is planning to move towards a ‘self-declaration’ model of gender recognition, including lowering the age that a person can apply to change their legally recognised gender from 18 to 16.

Cabinet Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville told the Scottish Parliament that she was ‘acutely aware of how divided opinion is’.