My take is under the new law if I 'live as a woman' whatever that means I can now be deemed to be a woman with access to areas such as female toilets, changing rooms and refuges.
Is that correct?.
No, not really. . There’s a lot of misinformation going around about this law. To be clear, I do not live in the UK but have family there.
The law is designed to make the act of obtaining a Gender Recognition certificate in the UK, or GRC easier. A GRC simply says that a person is legally female/male. It makes it easy to self certify, a system used in many countries with no problem.
A GRC is NOT required to enter any single Sex spaces. It never has been required, so acquiring on to do just that is pointless
From what I've read, the UK government has blocked the bill's royal ascent due to unqualified 'concernes' claiming the bill was 'rushed' through the Scottish parliament with no forethought of the consequences. They also claim it'll affect the UK's equal pay legislation, and other such laws, alongside the earlier mentioned Same sex spaces argument.
First up, the law was not 'rushed' though the Scottish parliament. In fact it took 6 years and two parliaments to reach this point. The debates were heated and and a number of amendments to the original legislation were made. The Bill itself was passed with an overwhelming near 2:1 majority and was supported not just by the SNP and the greens, but also by the labour party, the Lib Dems and a few conservatives as well. Nothing was rushed, it was heavily debated and passed overwhelmingly.
The Equalitiies act covers Equal pay, and it actually already covers much of the legislation allowing trans people to go about their lives without discrimination, the bill as mentioned predominantly deals with the self certification/ easing of obtaining documents proving a persons new gender.
What I think we're seeing is a sad swing to the right, demonising a minority in an effort to stoke the old culture wars nonsense in the UK for political gain, and it's a fantastically stupid move to do. The prime miss ist er just told Scotland to sit down and shut up, the adults are talking. Having lost their high court ruling on the right to call an indendence referendum, now they're. Being told that they can't even pass laws they are responsible for. If you're already in favour of independence in Scotland, this seems like a gift from the heavens.
It's just so sad to see this for the political stunt it is.