Email your MP: Say no to gender self-ID by the back door
The UK Government has to decide what to do about Scotland’s Gender Recognition Bill by 19th January. Email your MP today.
The Scottish Gender Recognition Reform Bill will effectively bring sex self-declaration into UK law, backed up by criminal penalties against “disclosure” of someone’s actual sex, even where it is obvious. This will have significant impacts across the UK including on the operation of the Equality Act and on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression.
The UK Government can take action to challenge this using the Scotland Act, and Alister Jack, the Secretary of State for Scotland, has indicated that he is considering all options. Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities, has also announced that the government plans to update the list of countries which are included within the GRA’s overseas track so that only countries which have similar criteria to the UK are included.
Stonewall is encouraging its supporters to write with ominous threats about “significant constitutional implications” if the UK government does not roll over and accept self-ID without any parliamentary debate.
Even if your MP is sympathetic to the idea of self-ID, you should write to them to make the argument that laws that affect the whole of the UK should only be brought in through the democratic action of Parliament. Encourage them to support the integrity of UK law-making and stand firm against Stonewall’s bullying.
The UK Government has to decide what to do about Scotland’s Gender Recognition Bill by 19th January. Email your MP today – it only takes a minute.