A statement from the GUSRC Executive on the blocking of the Gender Recognition Bill.
The UK Government’s recent attack on trans rights by blocking the Gender Recognition Reform Bill is completely unjust and we would like to express our solidarity and support to all trans and non-binary people affected.
The passing of this Bill should have been a triumphant moment following weeks of debate and years of arduous work from campaigners, so to see it blocked in this way is truly disheartening and an affront to our democratic processes.
Trans rights are human rights, and to have trans people’s lives put up for debate and discussion in this way is at odds with everything we pride ourselves in as an organisation and a University: inclusivity, diversity, equality and respect.
Although we are not part of NUS Scotland, we still encourage you to sign their open letter to Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack, showing your strong opposition to the blocking of this Bill and calling on a reversal of this decision.
On Saturday 21st January at 11am, a Rally for Trans Equality will be held on Buchanan Street Galleries steps. Some of our Exec and Council will be attending and we encourage you to attend also. More info here.
If you have been affected by any of this, then you can find support at the following links:
GUSRC Executive 22/23