BREAKING: A historic day for equality in Scotland
The Scottish Greens have hailed the passing of Gender Recognition Reform as a historic day for equality in Scotland.
Scottish Greens equalities spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP, said:
“I am delighted we have finally passed this legislation. This is a small but significant change that will make a big difference - it is a truly historic day for equality.
“Trans rights are human rights and I am proud that our parliament has voted to bring Scotland closer in line with best international practice while improving the lives of our trans siblings.
“Self-identification, including for 16 and 17 year olds, is a crucial reform. And it is because it is a key part of the Bute House Agreement that the Scottish Greens negotiated with the Scottish Government, that it is now a reality. And I am very pleased that it is.
“The last three days of debate have shown the best and worst of our Parliament. But today isn’t about party politics. It is about the future and the progressive and inclusive society that we want to build.
“But it is also about our past and all of the generations of our trans and non-binary friends, colleagues, comrades and relatives, those who are amongst us, and those no longer with us, who have had to put up with delay, abuse, loss and grief. Today is for you. We see you and we thank you.
“We cannot undo the pain that has been inflicted, but we will do all we can to ensure that the future we build is a better one.”