Scotland passes controversial Gender Reform Bill

Controversial gender reforms that will allow transgender people to self-identify have been passed amid heated scenes at Holyrood.

As MSPs voted by 86 votes to 39 in favor of the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill, shouts of “shame on you” could be heard from the public gallery.

But there was also applause from supporters of the reforms – which will remove the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC).

The changes will also drop the minimum age for applying for such a certificate from 18 to 16, and bring down the time a person is required to live in their acquired gender.

Opponents of the Bill have said it could endanger women and girls and put single-sex spaces at risk, something the Scottish Government has repeatedly denied.

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