“Always Be True To Yourself”

I had been noticing for a while that very subtle changes were happening in just about every sector of society that amounted to the dilution of the sex based protections provided for women and girls. And yet ..... no public figures were even talking about this let alone making a fuss. It quickly became apparent … Continue reading “Always Be True To Yourself”

National Records of Scotland Census FoI request

The Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill is currently working its way through the Scottish Parliament. The amendments proposed are to include questions on gender identity and sexual orientation. I've written about it before and also submitted written evidence to the Committee. However, the explanatory notes accompanying the Bill raised some questions for me. Specifically around the … Continue reading National Records of Scotland Census FoI request

U-turn on controversial LGBT school guidance

Scottish Government have done a U-turn and no longer endorse this controversial transgender school guidance. This guidance has been distributed across all Local Authorities, many of which presumably adopted it on the understanding it had full Government backing. The statement came as a result of threatened legal action over the guidance. The govt deny ever … Continue reading U-turn on controversial LGBT school guidance

Controversial LGBT school guidance which discards single sex spaces and sports

Government funded school guidance has been issued across Scotland, endorsed by Children's Commissioner, charities, LA's etc which discards the need for single sex spaces/sports No Equality Impact Assessments were carried out, neither by the organisations who compiled the guidance nor the Local Authorities who have distributed it amongst their schools. As a mother of daughters … Continue reading Controversial LGBT school guidance which discards single sex spaces and sports

#AsktheMinister

On Thursday 6th December 2018 the Equalities and Human Rights Committee will take evidence from Christina McKelvie, Minister for Older People and Equalities. The Committee used Facebook and Twitter to request questions from the public, a selection of which will be put to her. Here are the questions I asked via my Twitter Account @Scottish_Women … Continue reading #AsktheMinister

‘How would you describe your Gender Identity?’ replaces the question for Sex

The Scottish Household Survey no longer asks if the person is male/female, it now asks to describe your gender identity. This change has no doubt laid the path for the upcoming changes to the Census Bill currently making its way through parliament. If you don't like the direction our country is going then write to … Continue reading ‘How would you describe your Gender Identity?’ replaces the question for Sex

Update: Reply from the Scottish Government

On 22/8/18 I met with Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. This meeting covered topics such as the review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, the increasing Sexual Harassment and sexist bullying of school girls and how it was not explicitly named within the National Anti-Bullying Approach: Respect For All, … Continue reading Update: Reply from the Scottish Government