Starmer says 16 too young to change gender as he objects to Scotland rule change

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he has “concerns” over Scotland’s gender recognition law as he thinks 16 is too young an age to decide to change genders. The SNP government in Scotland passed legislation last month that will allow trans people to obtain a gender recognition certificate without the need for a medical diagnosis — a process known as “self-identification”. The Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill also lowers the minimum age for applicants to 16 and drops the time required for an applicant to live in their acquired gender from two years to three months – six for those aged 16 and 17 – but with a three-month reflection period. Sir Keir said he did not think 16 was old enough to make such a decision.