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Scotland Has Passed A New Law Allowing People To Self-Identify Their Legal Gender

Scotland's parliament has passed a law that will make it easier for people to legally change their gender.

Scotland’s parliament has passed a law that will make it easier for people to legally change their gender.

The new law will allow people to self-determine their legal gender without needing to get medical or judicial approval.

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=Members of the public take part in Pride Glasgow festival on June 25, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

People aged 16 and up will now be able to change their gender on official documents through a declaration.

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Members of the public attend Pride Mardi Gla on July 16, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The new rules, expected to come into effect in 2023, lowers the age people can legally change gender from 18 to 16.

People no longer need to get a medical diagnosis for gender dysphoria and only need to live in their acquired gender for three months, or six months for 16 to 17 year olds, instead of two years.

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The LGBTQ community marching from Kelvingrove Park to George Square as Glasgow city marks 50 years of LGBTQ equality. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

There is a three month “reflection period” after for people to change their mind.

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Members of the public attend Pride Mardi Gla on July 16, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Scotland has allowed people to change their legal gender from male to female or vice versa since 2005.

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Members of the public attend Mardi Gla on September 04, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The bill was first proposed by Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, six years ago, with the goal of making it less intrusive and distressing for people to apply to change their legal gender, according to the BBC.

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends the 2018 Glasgow Pride Parade.

The law passed on Thursday Dec. 22 by 86 to 38 votes.

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Members of the LGBTQ groups during the Pride Mardi Gla on July 16, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nine members of Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party party had opposed the reforms, in what is the biggest rebellion since the party came to power in 2007, according to the BBC.

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Protesters demonstrate outside the Scotish Parliament for reform of the Gender Recognition Act, in an event organized by the Scottish Trans Alliance, on June 12, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)

Conservative groups have argued the law will allow “criminal men” to easily attack women and children.

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Trans Rights activists hold a counter demonstration next to a womanโ€™s rights demo on September 02, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The British minister for Scotland, Alister Jack, has acknowledged similar concerns and has suggested the bill could be under review.

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Members of the public attend Pride Mardi Gla on July 16, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The UK government has the ability to strike down the law by invoking the rarely used Scotland Act.

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Members of the public take part in Pride Glasgow festival on June 25, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

However, any challenges to the law must be made within four weeks of the bill’s approval, law lecturer, Michael Foran, told Guardian.

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