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Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The Scottish Government intends to review and reform gender recognition law so it is in line with international best practice for people who are transgender or intersex.

A transgender person has a gender identity that does not correspond with the sex the person was assigned at birth.

"Intersex" is a term sometimes used to refer to people with a variation of sex development.  Someone born with an intersex condition has sexual characteristics that do not fit the typical definitions of female or male.

This is a complex area of policy so we will undertake a full and wide ranging consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004. We plan to issue the consultation later in 2017.

We have been speaking to key stakeholders about its proposals in this area, including conducting interviews with businesses to inform our Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment.