Sex Matters

Ahead of the census debate we are concerned that the definitions of male and female in Scots Law and practice need to be robust and that appropriate protections can also be put in place for the trans community through proper data gathering. But conflating sex and gender serves no-one and hurts many.

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News roundup – week ending 22 Dec 2018

Sunday

Mermaids are not clinicians or experts in child development but political campaigners promoting an ideological and experimental approach to children.  They claim the NHS gender clinic, the Tavistock Centre, has a “48% suicide attempt risk” – the clinic says the true rate is less than 1%.  And yet they are to be rewarded with a £500K grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
Archive: http://archive.is/bW1Ed

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News roundup – week ending 15 Dec 2018

Sunday

A good article in the Sunday Times about the proposed census changes, which quotes Woman’s Place UK: “The inclusion of a third option to the question on sex would indicate a departure from the scientifically grounded theory of human sexual dimorphism … If the Scottish government believes that human beings are not sexually dimorphic, then ministers and the chief scientific and medical officers must provide evidence to support that claim.”
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-gender-id-question-in-next-census-qcfzv69x5

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News roundup – week ending 08 Dec 2018

Sunday

Two articles in The Times today:

The Scottish government is to rethink its approach to transgender rights after a backlash from influential Nationalists and grassroots SNP members. “First minister Nicola Sturgeon is understood to be “alive” to the issue.”:
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/grassroots-backlash-forces-snp-to-rethink-trans-policies-n0pvh25qx

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Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Press Statement – Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee Meeting, Scottish Parliament, 06 December 2018

Forwomen.scot were grateful to the CTEEA Committee for listening to our concerns regarding the proposed changes to the census in Scotland.

We believe that, to be robust, a census must capture the most accurate population data possible. Many of our providers – especially in healthcare and social services – have clear need for the most accurate demographic information. This is especially important when considering the rights of women as they are more likely to access public services in Scotland.

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