UK: growing rejection of gender self-identification (self-id)

Justice agrees with the Sunak government: the Scottish law that wanted to introduce free choice of sex is not constitutional. Meanwhile, Equal Opportunities Minister Kemi Badenoch calls the pharmacologisation of 'gender non-conforming' children 'conversion therapy'. And announces a law against self-id tourism
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Rishi Sunak's UK central government had imposed a constitutional veto on Scotland's gender identity law. The Scottish High Court of Justice ruled in its favourestablishing the legitimacy of blocking the reform.

La Scottish proposal, put forward by MP Shona Robison of the National Party, aimed at eliminate the pathological categorisation of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) by introducing the concept of gender self-determination (Self ID) and allowing the sex on the birth certificate to be changed even for those who do not experience gender dysphoria but identify as transgender, without requiring any medical intervention. A 'super self ID', as we told you here.

The legislation had been passed by the Scottish Parliament last year. The UK government then prevented it from becoming law for fear that it would affect equality laws throughout the UK.

The Scottish government has now 21 days to decide whether to appeal against the decision. The case could reach the Supreme Court in London.

This victory represents a triumph for feminist organisations in the UK, such as Fair Play for Women and For Women Scotland.

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Translation and adaptation by Angela Tacchini

UK: no sempre più netto all'autoidentificazione di genere (self-id)

In the meantime in the UK the Minister for Women and Equal Opportunities Kemi Badenoch in a speech in parliament called the protocol gender affirming 'conversion therapy' and anticipated a project for stopping 'self ID tourism which would circumvent the strict rules in place in the UK to protect those who complain of suffering from gender dysphoria.

"Self-identification and social transition add up to avery dangerous ideology that can have terrible effects on LGB youth, who are set on a medical course towards irreversible physical changes.
We will not shy away from this problem. We will solve it," the minister said. "Girls like Keira Bell, who were subjected to puberty blockades by the National Health Service and a double mastectomy, now regret the irreversible damage they suffered. I think this is a new form of conversion therapy'.

Badenoch confirmed his intention to present a bill to prohibit conversion practices that seek to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity: "We will protect doctors and parents who do not harm children, but we will prevent as seriously harmful processes aimed at changing someone's gender identity". And again: 'We know that gender dysphoria is a complex situation. It is important for the government to take an evidence-based and principled approach to these issues, and to take the time to get it right. But no child is born in the wrong body'.

The minister announced a updating the list of countries from which the UK will accept Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs). Badenoch did not specify which countries would be removed, but his Labour counterpart, Anneliese Dodds, said that while Germany remained on the list and China was added, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States would be removed.

Badenoch told the House: 'We are doing this because in the list there are asome countries and territories have made changes to their systems [for GRC allocation], and these changes make them insufficiently rigorous for the UK. (...) Allowing self-identification to obtain GRCs cannot be our government's policy. It should not be possible for a person who does not meet the criteria for legal gender recognition in the UK use overseas routes to obtain it'.

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Translation and adaptation by Mara Accettura


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