The Scottish Parliament started the debate on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act, a law that allows people with a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria to obtain a 'certificate of recognition of gender identity' (GRC).
The reform, presented by MP Shona Robison (Scottish National Party), calls for a "depathologisation" of the GRA, i.e. would introduce gender self-determination (Self ID), authorising changing the sex on the birth certificate even those who do not suffer from any dysphoria but identify themselves as transgender (therefore without any medical intervention) .
Feminists in organisations Fair Play for Women e For Women Scotland, who had already expressed their concerns directly to Robison, raise the alarm about the consequences that these reforms will have on the lives of women and girls.
"This law allows any man, for whatever reason, to change your birth certificate at his request to state that he was 'born female', and to hide the fact that he was born male from everyone. This law is about sex, not 'transgender' status. But the word 'sex' does not appear even once." writes Fair Play for Women. "Trans people can already self-identify as trans. The question now is whether they should also be able to self-identify by their birth sex."
If the reform is approved, the number of people who will be allowed by law to change their sex will not only increase, but above all the type of people who will request it will change. Social media offer a disturbing glimpse of these self-styled 'transgender' peoplesee for example "Stefonknee" (pictured at the top of the page) a 6-metre tall mechanic and father who identifies himself as a 6-year-old girl (see here).
Shona Robison stated that the GRA reform will not have an impact on single-sex spaces for women and girls, arguing that legal provisions will remain in place allowing the trans-identified men outside women-only spaces "when justified".
Too bad these legal provisions, feminists object, are perfectly useless. whether it becomes possible to conceal one's sex forging the birth certificate and making it an offence also to reveal one's 'trans' status (which the GRA already allows, with a doctor's authorisation, for people diagnosed with gender dysphoria).
As for demands, Robison anticipates a 10-fold increase, but according to Fair Play for Women, based on the estimated number of trans people in the UK the increase could be as much as 100-fold.
"Trans women no longer want to be just trans. Now they are asking to actually be women, and for their trans history to be a secret. [...] They want to be indistinguishable from the female sex. We are no longer asked to treat a man 'as if he were a woman'. Now it is claimed that all trans women are also literally female'. this is the meaning of the GRA reform according to Fair Play for Women.