Monday , 16 September 2019

Scotland Law Society allows solicitors to register as gender neutral

The Law Society of Scotland announced on Wednesday that it will now allow solicitors to register using a gender neutral title.

The orgnaisation, in charge of Scottish solicitors, has responded to growing use of gender neutral titles to include ‘Mx’ among the option of titles available as part its registration process.

Neil Stevenson, director of representation and support at the Law Society of Scotland, said: “We work very hard to ensure that the Society adopts best practice when it comes to equality and diversity, indeed we have just launched our latest three-year equality and diversity strategy which introduces new equality standards and published guidance on equal pay for law firms and solicitors.

“We have made this change in response to a request from our membership. We recognise that the term Mx is growing in use as a gender neutral title and is widely accepted by government and other organisations throughout the UK, so it’s right that we update the Society’s registration processes to make sure that this option is available.”

Trans and intersex campaigners welcomed and praised the move.

“This is very welcome news” – told Leslie Jaye, from OII-UK – an intersex advocacy group in the UK, to KaleidoScot.

“As more organisations follow this lead, it becomes increasingly obvious that Parliament needs to look to offering the same opportunities in official documents, including passports. Australia has had a gender neutral option for passports and documents since 2011.

Malta is about to follow very soon in offering gender neutral passports, as part of a significant legislative move to recognise intersex and trans* protections in law.”

Speaking with KaleidoScot, James Morton of the Scottish Transgeder Alliance, said:”We are delighted that the Law Society of Scotland now officially recognises and includes people with non-binary gender identities.

“Increasing numbers of companies, organisations and governments around the world now allow people to opt out of defining themselves as men or women.

“These small changes to documents are very important for improving social inclusion of gender diversity. It is time for the Scottish and UK Governments to provide non-binary options for all their forms and records.”

Last year the Royal Bank of Scotland introduced the use of Mx for its customers.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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  1. This is great news. Another step forward for Scotland.

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