Work with Equality groups: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

Please provide any information held by the Scottish government on what work it has done "with trans people, women, equality groups, legal and human rights experts to identify the best and most effective way to improve and simplify the process by which a trans person can obtain legal recognition, so that the trauma associated with that process is reduced" since May 2021."


The Scottish Government has carried out two public consultation exercises on gender recognition reform. You can access the consultation documents at:

  • 2017/2018 consultation on the principles of reform
  • 2019/2020 consultation on the draft Bill

Since May 2021, the independent analysis of the responses to the second consultation on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill has been published. The report analysed responses including those from LGBTI, women’s, equality, legal and human rights groups. This information is available at Annex 1 of the analysis report, which can be accessed at: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: consultation analysis - (

You can also access the published responses from organisations at: Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill consultation - (

The Scottish Government is taking account of consultation responses and other evidence ahead of introducing the Bill.

Since May 2021, the Cabinet Secretary has also met with organisations that requested a meeting including:

  • Equality Network
  • Scottish Trans
  • Stonewall Scotland
  • LGBT Youth Scotland
  • LGBT Health and Wellbeing

In addition, Scottish Government Officials have also met with:

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • National Records of Scotland

There have been no further requests for meetings from other organisations since May 2021.

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