Let 12-year-olds change gender without parental consent, Scottish government told

Sep 21, 2021 by

by Daniel Sanderson, Telegraph:

A leading charity for young people has called on the SNP to allow children as young as 12 to legally change their gender without their parents’ consent.

Children in Scotland, which receives more than £1 million a year in public money, said allowing pre-teens to obtain gender recognition certificates could prove “extremely beneficial” and would help “normalise trans identities”.

The claims were criticised by opponents of a highly controversial overhaul of gender recognition laws in Scotland, who claimed children should not be empowered to make “irreversible” decisions that could impact on them for life.

Under current Scottish Government plans, the legal age at which someone can change gender is to be reduced from 18 to 16.

However, Children in Scotland described the move as only “a positive first step” and said children had “considerations about their gender identity” at a younger age.

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