November 2022 leaflets
1. Results from the latest public opinion polls.
2. Stage 2 amendment 114 would have prevented sex offenders obtaining a GRC. Committee members Maggie Chapman (Green) and Joe Fitzpatrick, Karen Adam and Fulton MacGregor (SNP) all voted against it. Official Report (Col 21).
3. The Scottish Govt believes a GRC changes a person’s sex in the Equality Act “for all purposes” and a man with a GRC is entitled to full rights under the protected characteristic “woman”. See the report from the FWS v Scottish Ministers judicial review.
4. See the Cass Interim Report and an analysis of it.
5. You can email your constituency MSP and seven regional MSPs by putting in your postcode at writetothem.com.
6. The petition to update the Equality Act to make clear the characteristic “sex” is biological sex can be found here.
November 2022 postcards
Please visit the following page for more detail on the questions posed in the leaflet and suggest text for emailing MSPs.
1. The quote is from paragraph 36 of the Court of Session Inner House decision in our successful judicial review.
2. The EHRC stated in email communication that the acquisition of a Gender Recognition Certificate “would not affect an individual’s biological sex”.
1. The 2017 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights is the case of AP, Garcon and Nicot v France
2. Equality and Human Rights Commission’s letter to the Scottish Government.
3. Cabinet Secretary, Shona Robison’s statement to Parliament said:
“the 2010 act does not apply exceptions specifically to toilets and changing rooms. Trans people can and do use those now, whether they have a GRC or not, and they have been using them for many years“,
“trans people do not need to have legal gender recognition or a certificate in order to access facilities that align with their gender“, and
“although we may refer to facilities such as toilets and changing rooms as single-sex spaces, they are not legally defined as such under the Equality Act 2010 and, of course, GRCs are not necessary to access them“
4. Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland submission to the second GRA consultation.
5. Information about the vast majority of children who identify as trans desisting as they mature. The Tavistock’s research showed 90.3% of young people who did not start on puberty blockers desisted.
Note: The 78% figure in the leaflets is from an independent poll that we commissioned Panelbase to conduct in December 2021.
1. See the Times articles “Unisex changing rooms put women in danger” and “Rape suspects can choose to self-identify as female“
2. Our election guide examining the main parties manifesto promises that affect women is here.
Note: The poll referred to in the leaflet is here.
May 2019 leaflet:
Note: the 82% figure was taken from a poll conducted by Pink News as reported here.
August 2018 leaflet:
Notes on the points made on the leaflet:
1. If any man can choose to legally become a woman then the category ‘women’ will contain both biological males and females. It will become impossible to uphold the single-sex provisions under the Equality Act and all single-sex services and spaces will become mixed-sex. This will compromise women’s and girls’ rights, privacy, dignity and safety.
See the current case of a woman in a Canadian refuge who is expected to share a bedroom with a man who identifies as a woman (but presents as male). Kristi Hanna has been diagnosed with PTSD after sexual abuse, and is terrified. When she sought help from the Human Rights Legal Support Centre she was told that no help would be forthcoming as she had referred to her roommate as a ‘man’ and, as such, it was Hanna who was breaching discrimination laws. Canada has legislation on the self-declaration of sex which is very similar to that proposed in Scotland.
2. See this blog post for a clear description of the censorship and threats to women who wish to discuss this proposed law change. Also terfisaslur.com, this collection of tweets, and peaktrans.org, the website of Maria MacLachlan, who was assaulted when trying to attend a public meeting.
3. Good outline of the situation in this article in The Times. Many parents are speaking out on Twitter and dedicated forums about their experiences. Edinburgh City Council has even suggested using the Named Person to bypass parents knowledge or consent to start young children on puberty blockers and opposite sex hormones, see the article in The Herald.
Many media reports can be found, for example:
4. Written evidence submitted to the Women and Equalities Committee at Westminster by the transgender group Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES):
“about 1% of the UK population, some 650,000 people, are likely to be gender incongruent to some degree. So far, only about 30,000 have sought medical help for gender dysphoria. Dutch research indicates that around a fifth of the 650,000 will do so, amounting to a further 100,000 people.”