In Scotland, about 60 per cent of the secondary schools have adopted the ‘LGBT charter’ which aims to promote acceptance among teachers and students.
The initiative has been introduced by the non profit organisation ‘LGBT Youth Scotland’, which claims to be the Scotland’s national charity and is aimed to foster acceptance among teachers and students alike through training sessions that challenge prejudice and promote diversity and equality.
The scheme has been welcomed by 212 out of the country’s 357 secondary schools, along with 40 primary schools and 21 colleges and universities, which have either been awarded the charter status or are currently working towards it.
The charity’s experts are working to guide the institutions and organisations towards the charter status, which takes around 12 to 18 months to achieve. The process involves training sessions, policy development, practice implementation and monitoring.
The Scottish Parliament made a landmark decision in December 2022 to pass the Gender Recognition Reform Scotland bill, allowing trans individuals to self-identify, according to a Sky News report. However, the UK government’s intervention in January has since turned it into a constitutional dispute.
The bill, if passed into law, would bring significant changes to Scotland’s gender recognition process. The age at which someone can legally change their gender would be lowered from 18 to 16, removing the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Additionally, those over 18 would only need to live in their acquired gender for three months, down from two years. While the 16 and 17-year-olds applying for a gender recognition certificate would be required to live in their acquired gender for at least six months.