Scotland is making it easier for trans people to obtain legal recognition without a medical diagnosis
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has sparked controversy yet again for her opinions on transgender rights. This time, Rowling has opposed the gender recognition reform legislation in Scotland. By doing so, she has clashed with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Read to know the full story.
Multiple women’s groups have presented well-sourced evidence to @NicolaSturgeon’s government about the likely negative consequences of this legislation for women and girls, especially the most vulnerable. All has been ignored. If the legislation is passed 1/2
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 7, 2022
It began when the Scottish legislation introduced the Gender Recognition Reform Bill last week at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament. The bill proposed that it will now be easier for trans people to obtain secure legal recognition of their acquired gender, and will not require a medical diagnosis.
Rowling tweeted out that multiple women’s groups have provided evidence that proves the bill will have negative consequences. But they were all ignored, she added. So far, the bill is everything a transgender person needs, and will no longer have to show any medical records. Sturgeon “fundamentally” disagreed with Rowling’s statements when she appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One. She said that it will not threated vulnerable women, as Rowling says.
Sturgeon then said that it does not give additional rights to trans people, nor does it take away any existing rights away from women under the Equality Act.
Rowling has a messy history with transgender right, starting from June 2020. At the time, the author tweeted out mocking a statement that said “people who menstruate.” She said that the correct term for it is “women.” This generated a lot of backlash, and Rowling had to write a big essay to defend herself.
On Tuesday, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. On that day, Rowling attacked Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Anneliese Dodds. Dodds did not provide the “definition of a woman” in her appearance on radio program Women’s Hour. Rowling mocked that the day should be named “We Who Must Not Be Named Day.”