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Scottish self-identification plans criticised by gay campaigners

March 2020

Shirley-Anne Somerville (Scottish Government Equalities Minister)
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Gay activists have lambasted the Scottish Government for its controversial proposals to enable people to ‘change sex’ by self-identification.

In what is becoming a growing backlash by traditional gay activists against the rampant trans agenda, LGB Alliance Scotland called for the withdrawal of the government’s draft bill, saying it would unleash a ‘gender free-for-all’.

In a statement, LGB Alliance Scotland said ‘there would be nothing to stop’ a man legally changing sex and gaining access to female-only changing rooms and hospital wards.

The group launched its Scottish branch with a campaign to stop the bill, including plans for a petition and marches.

However, the nightclub which hosted the launch subsequently apologised following intense pressure from transgender activists.

The same night, a woman wearing an LGB Alliance T-shirt was removed from an LGBT bar for being ‘anti-transgender’.

Bev Jackson, the co-founder of the group, commented, ‘LGB Alliance is shocked by the behaviour of a gay club throwing a young woman out for merely wearing a T-shirt with our logo.’

The Roman Catholic Church also criticised proposals in the bill to reduce the minimum age for obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate from 18 to 16.

As reported by The Christian Institute, the proposals allow for self-declaration of gender, requiring an individual to live as their chosen sex for just three months before applying for legal recognition of their assumed gender.

There would then be a three-month ‘reflection period’, after which applicants would be given a Gender Recognition Certificate and a new birth certificate.