Scottish Govt out of step on trans law, says poll

Only about one in eight Scots agree with Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that changing the law to let people change their legal gender based only on their own say-so should be an urgent priority, according to a poll. Legally changing your gender based only on your own opinion is already the law in Ireland.

The First Minister confirmed last week in her Programme for Government that she would press ahead with gender recognition legislation, which is expected to allow people from the age of 16 to switch to a new gender if they have been living in it for three months.

But a Panelbase poll of 2,003 voters in Scotland for The Sunday Times suggests that just 13 per cent see it as something that the SNP-Green government should address as a pressing matter. By contrast, 68 per cent think economic growth should be an urgent priority.