LGBTI network responds to Equality & Human Rights Commission letter on trans equality

The Equality Network, a national LGBTI organisation in Scotland, and its project Scottish Trans, have responded to a letter sent today by the GB Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), to Shona Robison, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Equalities.

Vic Valentine, manager of Scottish Trans, said, “Reform of gender recognition is one of the most consulted-on policies of all time, with two comprehensive public consultations by the Scottish Government since 2017. The draft bill was fully consulted on a year ago, and everyone had their say. The EHRC itself responded to both public consultations, supporting reform.

“There will of course be much more detailed consideration of the bill as it goes through the Scottish Parliament.”

Tim Hopkins, director of the Equality Network said, “The EHRC is not independent of government, but has its Board directly appointed by Liz Truss and the UK Government. We assume that their appointees are responsible for this letter and for failing to stand up for equality for trans people. We do not need UK Government appointees telling us in Scotland how to legislate in devolved areas, and we look forward to the Scottish Government proceeding with this legislation soon, as has been promised many times.”

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