Scottish Government’s Proposed Sex Change Law Dangerous: Young At Risk

Scottish Government’s Proposed Sex Change Law Dangerous: Young At Risk

From The Scotsman Newspaper…

Changing gender could become easier and quicker before the next election, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has said.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

Transgender law reform proposed by the Scottish Government would lower the age limit for applications from 18 to 16, remove the need for medical evidence and reduce the required time spent living in the new gender from two years to six months.

It aims to make it simpler for trans people to get a Gender Recognition Certificate to legally change their gender.

Shirley-Anne Somerville told STV’s Scotland Tonight programme the Scottish Government is “determined” to change the law before the 2021 Holyrood election, adding she wants to build “maximum consensus” for the plans.

Arguing trans and women’s rights are not “mutually exclusive”, Ms Somerville said there has been “a lot of misunderstandings” alongside legitimate concerns about the proposed legislation.

The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill would continue to require applicants to make a declaration they have lived in their intended gender for at least three months and intend it to be a permanent transition, as well as having a three-month period of reflection after applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Concerns have been raised about potential abuses of the easier process – for example, men using it to access women’s spaces – although making a false declaration to change gender would remain a criminal offence. In the interview, which will be broadcast by STV on Thursday evening, Ms Somerville said: “I absolutely appreciate that women’s rights are exceptionally important.

“They have been long-fought for and long-campaigned on and there is absolutely nothing I would do as a member of this government to jeopardise any of that.

“So that’s why I really do make sure that I listen to the concerns that are out there on the issue because we not only want to protect what we have as women but we want to make sure our rights are extended.”

Ms Somerville said she was confident the legislation could be passed before the Scottish Parliament elections next year.
The Scottish Government is currently running a consultation encouraging people and organisations to submit their views on the proposed changes by March 17.
She said: “We have women’s rights and we have trans rights – I don’t see those aspects as mutually exclusive.

“What we’re talking about here isn’t something that’s new. These people are in our community, they’re part of our community.

“But they talk to us very specifically about how the current system deeply impacts on them, about the state of their mental health and particularly the high suicide rates within the trans community because they can’t be recognised for who they are.”   Source – The Scotsman


Click here to read the Scottish Government’s Consultation on the proposed Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill

Then click here to read the help offered by the Christian Institute in participating in the Consultation. Note responses must be submitted by 17 March 2020 – so there is not much time.

Catholic Truth strongly urges all our readers and bloggers to take the time necessary to complete the Consultation.  This latest diversion from the Scottish Government’s record  (as reports on its management of schools and hospitals leave quite a bit to be desired) has been described as the “Named Person Mark Two” – in other words, just as the Named Person Scheme turned out to be a humiliation for the Scottish Government, so, too, will the Gender Recognition (Scotland) Reform Bill, if the population, in sufficient numbers, makes its opposition felt.  


Comments (20)

  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Ed I swear and I have 2 Granddaughters with another Granddaughter on the way . My Daughter was just told the Sex ( o sorry the Gender is a Girl ) if we’re actually allowed to say that now . This perverted Scottish Parliament is full of Queers and Reprobates that Black being the last one at it . As I said I swear and am sorry you can block this if you wish. But ANY Trannies or Homosexuals coming with Gender Confusion to my Granddaughters will get their Operation Free . It’s time to fight back against these Modern Day Josef Mengeles . They are pure Evil.

    February 29, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    • Lily

      Faith of our Fathers,

      You’re a scream! “they will get their operation free” – LOL!

      On a serious note, I agree with you 100%, although we can’t say anyone is evil, just what they are doing – in a lot of cases these people are just followers of fashion, they really don’t have a clue, and in the case of politicians, doing what they think will get them votes.

      I definitely agree we should all complete the consultation and the Christian Institute document is very helpful, I can just pick the points I think are strongest and copy and paste them.

      It’s a disgrace that we have to keep doing this all the time – it seems like yesterday we were filling out forms to object to same-sex marriage. We got it anyway!

      February 29, 2020 at 8:42 pm
  • Fidelis

    You have to wonder what is going on in the Scottish Parliament for this sort of law to be proposed.

    I suspect that the Green MSP, Patrick Harvie, is the driving force behind this one. He seems to be obsessed with LGBT issues.

    I looked him up to see where he represents and was taken aback to see he is named as the Member for the Glasgow region.

    I can’t work out how the Scottish system works, so I’m not sure if that means he is the only MSP for Glasgow or the only GREEN MSP – whether the other parties have MSPs representing Glasgow. The whole system is very confusing, IMHO.

    I do agree we ought to make time to fill in the consultation form but I can’t help thinking it’ll be a waste of time. They will plough ahead, as they did with same-sex marriage, no matter what the majority say.

    February 29, 2020 at 10:58 pm
    • Marc

      Harvie is a major beneficiary of our voting system. He has never been popularly elected, rather we have to tolerate his presence in Holyrood due to the AV system in operation. Moreover, independence is their meal ticket – people vote for the Greens on the basis that they support independence. Why a party who comprise about 8% of voters’ 2nd or 3rd option hold so much sway over our political landscape is nothing short of ludicrous. They’re really should be time limit applied to list members who are not directly elected by those they are meant to represent – I’m thinking two terms, maximum.

      That being said, it isn’t just the Greens who are pushing this agenda – all parties are!! I thought that the rise of dissenters within the SNP Parliamentarians (Scottish and UK) concerning the issue would have put this nonsense to bed. Not so. It’ll be interesting to see how the Christian MPs and MSPs react – in particular, the Ministers. The new Finance Secretary for Scotland, Kate Forbes, was one of those who signed a public letter addressed to the Heid Bummer Sturgeon in opposition to the Gender Recognition Act – due, in part, to her Christian faith. Let’s see if her promotion will be enough to keep her sweet (and quiet).

      March 1, 2020 at 12:00 am
      • Margaret Mary


        I agree, the AV system in Scotland is ludicrous but I think it was designed that way (by Westminster) to prevent an outright SNP majority – I heard that somewhere but not sure of my ground! Whatever, it’s a ridiculous system that allows someone like Patrick Harvie to have so much say – he’s on a million committees. I hope Kate Forbes holds her ground. That would be something.

        March 1, 2020 at 5:33 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      Wee Patrick seems to have a problem with Catholics ,Schools that is . He is in The Rotten To The Core Scottish Parliament on that Proportional Representation. His first and foremost remit outside ,That Everyone Should Be A Homosexual ,is his drive in wanting Catholic Schools closed. Now as HE is supposed to be the Chief Carer in The Useless Scottish Parliament for environmental issues I can only guess that Catholic Schools use More Energy than Public Schools. If this is the case surely he should be concerned that More Modern Heating Systems be installed. If of course he has another agenda then He should come out and let us know.

      March 2, 2020 at 8:14 pm
      • editor


        “…He should come out and let us know”… [emphasis added]

        You really ought to look for a job in show business – watch out Michael McIntyre!

        March 3, 2020 at 9:35 am
  • Bruce

    Exactly how will the young be “at risk” by this proposed new law?

    February 29, 2020 at 11:07 pm
    • editor


      Obviously, young people will be at risk if this proposal becomes law because, in this crazy world, what any child or teenager wants, they just must get – say silly parents and misguided or mischievous health professionals.

      Thus, any young person indoctrinated with the trans propaganda in his/her early teens, won’t have long to wait to give it a go, if the Scottish Government gets its way. 16 IS young, wouldn’t you agree?

      And since, as we discovered on a previous thread, children as young as 14 are permitted to sign their own consent forms for quite serious operations as it is, it’ll only be a matter of (a short) time before they’re able to elect to change sex, without parental consent.

      Although even a cursory glance at the scientific / medical facts should make it clear to even the dullest of brains, “once a man, always a man” and “once a woman, always a woman”. In other words, it is not possible to switch genders/sex.

      So, young people – should this mad law get through – will be as risk of the following:

      * physical abuse / unnecessary and damaging operations
      * psychological abuse / confusion / mental illness
      * manipulation by parents desirous of a child of the opposite gender/sex
      * manipulation of other adults for various reasons (experimentation?)

      I would add “etc, etc, etc,” but that may not be exact enough for you 😀

      March 1, 2020 at 3:10 pm
      • Bruce


        March 1, 2020 at 8:31 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Only the other day there was an article online about a man who had realised his error after having surgery to resemble a woman, and had the surgery reversed – but not without leaving its physical and emotional and spiritual damage. Many are coming out and saying this now, but the all-powerful ‘trans lobby’ is trying to silence them. Walt Heyer is another such example of one who regretted what he did. He runs a website

    March 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    • editor


      Many thanks for that hugely important information and links.

      March 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Westminster Fly,

      That link to “sexchangeregret” is fantastic. I’ve been reading over it and it is packed with facts to challenge the transgender people with.

      March 1, 2020 at 5:34 pm
    • Laura

      Westminster Fly,

      That’s very interesting indeed, because the BBC news today reported about a trans “woman” who is suing the Tavistock Clinic, saying he was too young at 16 to make this decision, now regrets it, has affected his whole life – not that the report online is as strong as the interview with him on the news earlier. It would be worth checking the news at 10pm to see if he’s interviewed again.

      March 1, 2020 at 7:40 pm
      • Laura

        Sorry, everyone, that link I gave does have the news interview. I thought it was just a photograph of the boy/girl but it’s actually the video if you click. The only thing is, he is not asking to go back, he is saying at the end that he is just trying to make the best of it and live as a female. It’s terrible, that clinic has a lot to answer for.

        March 1, 2020 at 7:52 pm
  • westminsterfly

    The Mail has commented on the story here:- I found this part very interesting: “A new charity, The Detransition Advocacy Network, has been set up to help them. Its founder Charlie Evans was born female but lived as a man for nearly a decade before accepting her birth sex. She says she has been contacted by ‘hundreds of young adults’ — some only 19 or 20 — who claim the treatment has not solved their problems.” It will be interesting to see if the Government will be as eager to fund this ‘Detransition Network’ as it has been as eager to fund the ‘sex-change industry’ via the NHS. I doubt it somehow.

    March 2, 2020 at 11:26 am
    • Michaela

      Westminster Fly,

      That’s very interesting indeed. I think more and more are wanting to reverse their “trans” operations, so I think we may hear more of this sort of organisation in the future.

      The Scottish Government can’t ignore this information especially with a young person who regrets their decision taking the Tavistock Clinic to court over it – he was 16 when he made that decision.

      March 3, 2020 at 11:19 am
  • editor


    The link to the consultation details is given in the introduction and all submissions must be with the Scottish Government by 17th March – that’s not long now, folks, and I think it’s important that as many people as possible submit concerns.

    Interestingly, the Westminster, UK Government has dropped similar plans – so it’s not a given that the Scottish Government will go ahead with this nonsense. If enough people object, they may follow Westminster and drop this ridiculous idea.

    March 9, 2020 at 8:55 pm
  • editor

    The following is from the Catholic Parliamentary Office, on the subject of the Gender Recognition Bill…

    Catholic Church urges Government to drop Gender Recognition Reform Bill
    In a strongly worded response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops have unanimously opposed the proposed legislation. Following a meeting of the Bishops’ Conference, they released the following statement:

    “Together with a growing number of voices in society, the Church believes that sex or gender cannot be reduced to a mere construct of society that is fluid and changeable. Denying the biological reality of sexual difference and redefining something as fundamental as male and female is not within the purview of government or parliamentarians. Like marriage, it is part of the natural law: an unchanging principle of human existence.”

    “Sex is constituted by biological organisation and reproductive functioning, and is recognised at birth, not assigned, government should not proceed with radical legal reforms or expose children to radical treatments. Caution and sensitivity is required.”

    The bishops also point out that;

    “Gender dysphoria is a condition that can cause significant distress and anxiety. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, of the American Psychiatric Association continues to recognise gender dysphoria as a genuine, troubling medical condition. By de-medicalising legal transition and moving to a self-declaratory model, as proposed in the consultation, society may fail to provide the necessary support for those affected by gender dysphoria in the form of contact with health professionals. De-medicalisation removes a vital protection and safeguard for vulnerable individuals, exacerbated by the proposal to reduce the time a person is required to live in their acquired gender from two years to just three months. By supporting these changes, the Scottish Government risks failing vulnerable people. “

    The church’s consultation response points out that since the Scottish Prison Service issued guidance effectively allowing self-identification, the number of prisoners identifying as transgender has risen significantly, to the point where the incidence rate of men identifying as women is 350 times higher amongst the prison population than it is in the general population.
    The bishops conclude by saying;

    “The proposed changes risk creating medical, social and legal complications which will be difficult to resolve and damaging to those involved, particularly children and women. Accordingly, we have written to the First Minister, highlighting our concerns and urging her to not to proceed with the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.”

    Access the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland’s consultation response by clicking the following link:

    The following letter has been sent to the First Minister:

    Dear First Minister,

    Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill

    Our thoughts are with you and those in Government at this difficult and uncertain time for us all. We appreciate the guidance being given.

    However, it is on another matter that I write.

    On behalf of the Bishops Conference of Scotland – which has made its own submission to the Consultation – I wish to express serious misgivings concerning the proposed Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill. Together with a growing number of other voices in our society, the Catholic Church in Scotland is of the view that the proposed changes to the existing legislation risk creating grave medical, social and legal complications which will prove difficult to resolve and a source of harm to those they concern.

    I am writing therefore to express the view that this proposed legislation would not serve the “common good”, the best interests of our society.

    True clinical gender dysphoria is a real, if reasonably rare, condition and, if persistent, can cause significant distress and anxiety to those affected by it. It must be distinguished from the normal developmental gender anxieties and uncertainties of adolescence, which can indeed also cause great pain to those who suffer them. However, the concern is that, by de-medicalising legal transition and moving to a self-declaratory model, this distinction will be lost and our society fail to provide the necessary health-professional support for those genuinely affected by gender dysphoria. Such a move risks failing vulnerable people. The question is, how can these gender anxieties and uncertainties be best addressed? Surely, not by blurring clinical boundaries, nor by allowing a certain social momentum – or indeed simply a current fashion – to determine our responses. My sense is that, by not permitting the proposed legislation to proceed, the Scottish Government would do us, and especially our youth, a great service and show itself more in tune with an ever more critical public opinion.

    We are all deeply concerned for the health and wellbeing of our young people. The possibility of permanent legal declarations being made at such a young age, along with the ensuing surgery or non-surgical interventions (with unclear long-term effects), will not enhance this well-being. Currently, individuals under 18 years of age cannot buy cigarettes, purchase alcohol in licensed premises or get a tattoo. Yet the current Bill assumes they have the maturity to make permanent legal declarations on their gender which could lead to irreversible consequences, with scant knowledge of what this means for their long-term health and wellbeing.

    Evidence indicates that most young people will not persist in gender dysphoria and will reconcile with their biological sex beyond adolescence. A paper in the British Journal of General Practice admitted that the majority of people presenting with gender dysphoria before puberty will “desist”, and also that “35% of those seen in the Tavistock service have autism traits.” The paper concludes with a call for “well-funded, independent, long-term research” to “ensure doctors meet their ethical duties to ‘first do no harm’ and fulfil good medical practice.” We echo this call for more detailed research.

    Finally, we are concerned that the proposed reform creates an increased risk to the safety of women. The Scottish Prison Service policy on transgender prisoners, for example, currently allows prison accommodation to “reflect the gender in which the person in custody is currently living.” Since this guidance was implemented, the incidence rate of men identifying as women is now 350 times higher amongst the prison population than in the general population. Since many women in custody have often experienced what has been described as “quite grotesque and traumatic male violence”, being asked to share their places of safety and refuge with individuals who they not unreasonably consider to be male and a threat – regardless of whether they are or not – is deeply problematic.

    These are only a few of the concerns that could be raised here – the de-stabilising effect on families would be another. This whole subject has many aspects and is not best grasped when reduced to mere individual choice. We do not want to enter recklessly into such sensitive and uncharted territory. I envisage that even present policies will lead to a future backlash. There are some publicised instances of this already which explain the growing sense of unease. My earnest hope is that the Scottish Government will see the wisdom of desisting from any new legislation.

    With assurance of my best wishes and prayers,

    Yours sincerely,

    Bishop Hugh Gilbert,
    Bishop of Aberdeen President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

    March 17, 2020 at 11:16 am
    • Athanasius


      If the Scottish government ignores these communications from the Catholic Bishops then it will be obvious that it is acting maliciously against the common good of society. I believe they will ignore the bishops and press ahead because cultural subversion is the SNP’s main priority.

      March 17, 2020 at 12:08 pm

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