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Nicola Sturgeon faces legal battle over plans to let transgender people choose their gender at census

Nicola Sturgeon faces legal battle from campaigners over plans to let transgender people choose their gender at next year’s census in Scotland

  • Campaigners said transgender people should not self-identify their gender
  • Scottish government wants to allow self-identification at next year’s census
  • Sturgeon plans steps to make legal sex switching easier in Scotland


Nicola Sturgeon faces a legal battle over plans to let transgender people choose their gender in next year’s census, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Fair Play for Women campaigners have launched a judicial review after SNP ministers decided to allow participants to ‘identify themselves’ as male or female.

That move ignored a ruling by the Supreme Court in London that people must base their answers on the gender listed on their birth certificate or gender recognition certificate.

The lawsuit comes as the Prime Minister plans to introduce legislation to make it easier for people to legally change sex in Scotland without a medical check-up.

Guidelines for the question ‘what is your gender?’ Scotland’s census, which was postponed for a year due to Covid, says: ‘If you are transgender, the answer you give may be different from what it says on your birth certificate. You don’t need a gender recognition certificate.’

dr. Nicola Williams leads campaign against planned changes to allow transgender people to change gender legally without medical checkups

Women’s rights activists argue that the counseling is “illegitimate and directly affects the rights of women and girls” – because the census is used to plan government policies.

Earlier this year, Fair Play For Women – established ‘to protect the rights of women and girls in the UK’ – won a Supreme Court case over similar plans to allow transgender people to choose their gender in the England and Wales census.

Ms Sturgeon’s administration decided that the London ruling was not binding on the census.

dr. Nicola Williams, director of Fair Play For Women, said: ‘The Office for National Statistics has wasted tens of thousands of pounds in taxpayers’ money, desperate to defend their illegal position in court. It is unbelievable that the Scottish Government is now doing the same.

If Nicola Sturgeon wants to change the definition of sex in the Scottish census, she must convince her own parliament that it is the right choice.

“She doesn’t have the power to make up her own definition and push it anyway.

“There are huge differences between men and women in the UK, in critical areas such as crime statistics. That is why accurate registration of sex is important.

“The High Court in England supported our position and we are confident that the Scottish Court will see it the same way.”

Transgender groups want self-identification to be easier, because obtaining a gender recognition certificate is a rigorous process.

Ms Sturgeon has vowed to introduce legislation within the next year to make it easier for people in Scotland to change gender legally

Ms Sturgeon has vowed to introduce legislation within the next year to make it easier for people in Scotland to change gender legally

People must prove to a Gender Recognition Panel that they have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, have lived in their new gender for at least two years, and then make a legally binding statement that they intend to live as this gender for the rest of their lives.

Only 6,000 people have completed the process.

Ms Sturgeon has vowed to introduce legislation within the next year to make it easier for people in Scotland to change gender legally. She said the current trial is “humiliating, intrusive and traumatic.”

She previously said, “As a staunch feminist, I don’t see the increased recognition of transgender rights as a threat to me as a woman or to my feminism.”

Its position contrasts with the position of the Westminster government. Minister for Women and Equality Liz Truss recently said that transgender people should not be able to change gender legally without medical checkups.

The Scotland census is the responsibility of Cabinet Secretary Angus Robertson, a sturgeon ally who has been tipped as a future SNP leader.

The government referred questions about the legal action to the body conducting the census, the National Records of Scotland, which declined to comment.

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