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Plan to make it harder for sex offenders to change gender lodged at Holyrood

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Sex offenders would have a separate process for legally changing their gender under plans lodged by a Tory MSP. Russell Findlay’s amendment to the Gender Recognition Reform Bill would make it harder for criminals, such as fraudsters, to obtain a certificate.The Bill aims to speed up the time it takes to obtain a gender recognition certificate (GRC) and lowers the age for obtaining one from 18 to 16.

Ministers also want to drop the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and the need for a doctor’s report. Critics believe the reforms, particularly over the scrapping of the medical diagnosis, could threaten women’s sex-based rights and be exploited by criminals.

The Bill sparked a rebellion in SNP ranks during the first parliamentary vote and MSPs are now trying to amend the proposals.Findlay, a West of Scotland MSP, is trying to change the bill by creating an extra step in the process for people convicted of serious criminal offences.

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