JK Rowling takes photo of herself in a T-shirt that says: 'Nicola Sturgeon, destroyer of women's rights' to support women protesting in front of the Scottish Parliament against the controversial gender recognition reform law wanted by the Scottish First Minister.
The activists of For Women Scotland (Scotland for women) gathered this morning in front of the Scottish Parliament for a demonstration against the bill promoted by Sturgeon, which would make gender self-determination easier - we called it a 'super Self-ID'- endangering the rights of women, girls and children.
The demonstration in front of parliament was organised at a meeting of the committee that is discussing the approval of the bill.
Posting a photo of herself wearing a T-shirt with the words against Nicola Sturgeon JK Rowling wanted to support the group. "I stand in solidarity with @ForWomenScot and all women protesting and speaking out outside the Scottish Parliament. #NoAlSelfID" was her tweet.
According to documents filed by the Scottish government along with the bill, With the reform, requests for such recognition would increase from 30 to 250-300 per year.
Five members of the committee supported the bill, while the two conservatives Pam Gosal and Rachael Hamilton opposed it.
The bill provides for speeding up the time to obtain a registry sex change and lowering the age for obtaining it from 18 to 16. Furthermore, with the new law a diagnosis of gender dysphoria will no longer be necessary, eliminating the obligation to submit medical certificates.
The length of time a person must have lived in their 'acquired gender' before applying would be reduced from two years to just three months.
The majority of the committee was in favour of eliminating the need for medical evidence or diagnosis, 'believing that trans people know their own mind'. However, some committee members are 'concerned that removing the requirement for gender dysphoria and the need for medical evidence could extend the gender process to a large and more diverse group of people'. They fear, in short, that this "could potentially mean that the process is open to abuse by actors in bad faith, particularly predatory men'.
They were raised concerns also about the impact the reform might have on the spaces reserved for women and girls, such as women-only bathrooms or changing rooms.
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Translation by Maria Celeste