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Gender Recognition Bill: Student Exec Statement


The recent attack on trans rights by the UK government by blocking royal assent of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill is completely unacceptable, and demonstrates the sheer lack of respect for the will of Scotland’s people by Westminster. The Gender Recognition Reform Bill has been one of most scrutinised and debated bills in Holyrood history, accruing support from all sides of the political divide, promising trans people in Scotland easier access to change the gender on their birth certificate to match their real gender identity.

Here at Strath Union, we know that trans rights are human rights, and believe that freedom of choice underpins diversity, inclusivity, and a sense of community. We and our members take pride in providing a safe environment for trans and non-binary people, without fear of being judged, and this decision contradicts our values. 

NUS Scotland is sending an open letter to Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, stating strong opposition to this decision and calling for the move to be reversed. You can sign the letter here.

If you feel you have been affected by this recent news you can find details of our campus support services including Strathclyde’s Ask Alex initiative here or can find supportive off-campus resources here.

- Your 2022/23 Student Exec


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