By Amber Milne , Rachel Savage. Rowling released a 3, word essay on Wednesday linking her experience of sexual assault with her concern over transgender access to women only spaces. Rowling is unhappy that Scotland plans to relax the law so that trans people can change their birth certificates without having to provide a medical diagnosis. Trans people will still have to live in their acquired gender for six months before a gender recognition certificate is granted. Supporters of trans rights emphasise that trans women are women. The law does provide for exclusions in exceptional circumstances, such as if a group counselling female victims of sexual assault judged that other clients would not attend the session if a trans woman was there.
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But now is the time to learn more, stop listening to scaremongers, and start having real, honest, respectful conversations. We hope this will help. The best estimate at the moment is that around 1 per cent of the population might identify as trans, including people who identify as non-binary. That would mean about , trans and non-binary people in Britain, out of a population of over 60 million. Some trans people might not have the language or understanding of what it means to be trans until later in life.
Like pretty much everything in , Trans Day of Remembrance is going to be different this year. The list of names keeps growing. Thirty-seven trans people have been killed since January. The real number is probably even higher. Most of the deaths this year were of Black trans women.
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