Councils’ ‘gender neutral’ school toilets ignore Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s call for a Human Rights approach

Last year the Scottish Government opened a public consultation for possible changes to the regulations that govern school toilets and many objections to the option of introducing gender neutral toilets were made. Strong calls from the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) emphasised the importance that "school toilet facilities (be) compliant with human rights … Continue reading Councils’ ‘gender neutral’ school toilets ignore Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s call for a Human Rights approach

Public Sector Equality Duty #AsktheMinister

On Thursday 6/12/18 the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee met with Christina McKelvie MSP , the Minister for Older People and Equalities for an ask-the-Minister session. In the week or so leading up to this session the Committee had taken the move to ask members of the public via Twitter and Facebook for … Continue reading Public Sector Equality Duty #AsktheMinister

Lobby Group Tactics used at Census Bill Oral Evidence

I've posted before that Trans Lobby Groups use the same two tactics whenever they are campaigning for changes to legislation, policies etc #1 We are already doing it #2 It won't make a difference to anyone else, because the number of trans people / non-binary are so low On Thursday 6/12/18 the CTEEA Committee heard … Continue reading Lobby Group Tactics used at Census Bill Oral Evidence

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

Scottish Prison Service Policy written by trans lobby group

There was an article in The Times Scotland about 'Women are being put in danger because Scottish prison chiefs allow male-bodied transgender inmates to live in female-only areas of jails, campaigners have warned' which stated - "Scottish Trans Alliance did not respond to a request for comment last night. However the org has previously defended … Continue reading Scottish Prison Service Policy written by trans lobby group

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