Paisley and Renfrewshire South’s Mhairi Black MP used a House of Commons debate to make an impassioned call for politicians of all parties to get behind transgender equality reforms.
In a debate to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the SNP MP used the debate to highlight the Scottish Government’s commitment to reform the Gender Recognition Act Mhairi emphasised that this reform will make it simpler and less intrusive for trans people to access their human right to gender recognition.
The MP pointed to the prejudice, discrimination and barriers that trans people continue to face in the law and society, and urged the UK government to match the SNP government’s commitment to transgender equality by reforming gender recognition law in England and Wales.
Mhairi Black MP said: “As we mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we must recognise how far we still have to go to achieve real equality for LGBTI people.
“Transgender people continue to face appalling levels of prejudice and discrimination, and unacceptable barriers to living their lives.
“I’m proud the SNP government is committed to improving LGBTI equality by reforming gender recognition law, in line with international best practice, so that all trans and non-binary people can access their human right to legal gender recognition.
“The reforms to the Gender Recognition Act are as fundamental to trans equality as equal marriage was to lesbian and gay rights – simply put, without these reforms there is no equality.
“Politicians of all parties should get behind these reforms, which will improve the lives of trans and non-binary people, and help Scotland remain a world-leader on LGBTI equality.
“Our neighbours in Ireland, and our international partners across Europe and the world, are already making these changes. Scotland and the UK will fall behind if we fail to do the same.”