Scottish Parliament votes in favor of Transgender Bill
Dhe Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on Thursday voted in favor of legislation to make it easier for trans people to change their gender. As reported by the PA news agency, the highly controversial bill was approved on Thursday afternoon after a long debate with a majority of 86 votes, 39 MPs spoke out against it. As trans people or transgender refers to people who do not feel they belong to the gender assigned to them at birth.
Prime Minister’s project Nicholas Sturgeon by the Scottish National Party SNP had sparked a heated controversy. Critics like Harry Potter author JK Rowling fear that men could take advantage of the simplified regulations to enter areas reserved for women, such as women’s changing rooms or toilets, for sexual motives. The dispute did not spare Sturgeon’s own party either. Supporters and opponents of the bill had demonstrated during the week before and in the Scottish regional parliament in Edinburgh.
A vote was actually planned for Wednesday, but a plethora of amendments threw up the schedule. The new regulation eliminates the obligation for a medical report as a prerequisite for changing the gender entry. The minimum age for such an application will be lowered from 18 to 16. The length of time a trans person must have lived in their new gender role will be reduced from two years to three months. The Gender Recognition Reform Bill was considered the most controversial legislative proposal since the Scottish regional parliament was founded almost 24 years ago.