Gender Identity: Census and Data Collection

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

UK will divide over census sex question
The Times – 05/10/2021

Sex, gender identity, trans status – data collection and publication: guidance
Chief Statistician (Scotland) – 22/09/2021
Roger Halliday, the chief statistician in Scotland, has chosen to ignore the findings of a public consultation. Analysis of the consultation noted that “disaggregating data between men and women can show where there is continuing discrimination which needs to be tackled.”
But Halliday has drawn up guidance that fails to acknowledge the importance of collecting data on sex. He states that information about whether a respondent is male or female should only be recorded in “a small number of instances”, “on an individual basis for a very specific purpose” and “on a case-by-case basis”.
The rationale he gives is that “asking individuals to disclose their sex may raise privacy issues.” Halliday notes that “in some cases this would have the potential to reveal a trans history that otherwise a person may wish to keep private”.

Sex and the census: why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity
Alice Sullivan – 19/05/2020

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Writing Letters

Samples and templates to help you write your own letters.

Parents – Write to the EHRC
Safe Schools Alliance UK – 23/10/2021

Templates available at Fair Play For Women for:

  • General concerns
  • Single sex sports
  • Women’s prisons
  • NHS and mixed sex wards
  • Single sex toilets and changing rooms
  • The erosion of the word WOMAN
  • Women’s free speech and freedom of expression
  • Planned GRA change to self-id in Scotland

Use this general letter to express your concerns to your MP or other elected representative
Fair Play For Women – 10/08/2021

Prisons – Write to your MP
Templates for Women in Prison and Single-Sex Provision and Women in Prison and Same Sex Searching by Keep Prisons Single Sex

Prisons – Write to your MSP
Template by Keep Prisons Single Sex for considering Women in Prison and Single-Sex Provision as part of the Scottish Prison Service Policy Review

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Women’s Rights and Gender Identity

(Last Updated: 03 November 2021)

Substantial majority think people who change their legal gender from male to female by self-ID should not have full access to female-only spaces
Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase Poll – 31/10/2021

Just 20% of people in Scotland, and only 29% of SNP voters, support gender self-ID
Scot Goes Pop / Panelbase Poll – 28/10/2021

NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single sex wards
The Telegraph – 16/10/2021

The trans rights that trump all
Women’s rights were not considered in legislation that allows trans people to effectively decide their own gender
The Critic – April 2021
Julie Bindel, Melanie Newman

The Political Erasure of Sex
An overarching project which aims to document the process of policy capture in our public institutions, and how it is impacting the recognition and recording of biological sex in public policy, law, language, and data-collection.

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Women and Equalities Committee: Inquiry on GRA Reform

The UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee is carrying out an inquiry into reforming the Gender Recognition Act. The deadline for their call for evidence was 27 November 2020. You can view all the published evidence here.

Guidance provided by women’s groups for written submissions:

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