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‘Detransitioners’ to address MSPs at Holyrood over gender recognition Bill

Two people who have gone through gender reassignment treatment and later regretted it – sometimes referred to as detransitioners – are due to speak to MSPs at a meeting in the Scottish Parliament.

The meeting will be co-hosted by SNP MSP Ruth Maguire and Scottish Labour’s Pauline McNeill.

Sinead Watson, a 31-year-old woman from Glasgow, and Ritchie Herron, a 35-year-old man from Newcastle, will share their views on the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

The legislation is currently at Stage 2, with amendments being discussed in committees.

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Ash Regan resigned from the Scottish Government over the Gender Recognition Bill (Jane Barlow/PA)

The stage one vote on the Bill led to nine SNP MSPs breaking with the whip to abstain or vote against the legislation, as well as the resignation of minister Ash Regan from the Scottish Government.

The Bill aims to make it easier for transgender people to be legally recognised as their preferred gender.

Opponents have raised concerns about the impact of the legislation on women and girls, while supporters say it will have little impact outside the trans community.

Ms Watson said: “The voices of detransitioners have not been heard either by the Scottish Government in developing its proposals, or by MSPs who are considering this draft legislation.

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Scottish Labour MSP Pauline McNeill is co-hosting the meeting (Fraser Bremner/Scottish Daily Mail/PA)

“I am particularly concerned about the plan to allow children aged 16 and 17 to get a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).

“When I presented myself to a gender identity clinic, I felt so certain that medical transition was the only solution for me, but now I wish that greater care had been taken to consider all my underlying issues.

“I believe that affirming children in their identity is dangerous and could lead them to make decisions about their bodies that they later regret, as I have.”

Mr Herron said: “There has been a lot of publicity about the huge increase in numbers of young girls identifying as transgender and it is good that NHS England has commissioned the Cass Review to look at this.

“However, I am keen to tell MSPs about the experiences of young men who identify as transgender and later regret it.

“I am particularly concerned about estimates that the number of trans-identified young men having gender reassignment surgery may soon outstrip the number of trans-identified young women having double mastectomies.

“I was diagnosed with transsexualism after two short appointments and underwent medical and surgical interventions, which have left me with life-long side effects.

“When I presented at a clinic, I was in a very vulnerable state and feel that this was overlooked.”