This week sees the Scottish Parliament move forward with changes to human rights. Specifically, rights that will improve things for people who are transitioning or who have. Reading the statements made, it seems they wish to make the law match how people are living their lives.

As with any change – be it in society, technology, or personally – it, change, seems to run on a curve. One that starts with enthusiasm, and moves through acceptance, uncertainty, dislike, before ending with opposition.

I think a key issue can be a binary approach to a complex situation: reducing the options down to do or don’t. Instead, discussion and perhaps compromise might bring a solution that’s suitable to many. The catch is, of course, you’ll not dissuade the enthusiastic or encourage those opposed. Folk at the far ends of the curve may not want to move, but I don’t feel we should write anyone off. They might change, but I don’t think we should spend our energy on trying to bring them over.

Indeed, the famous quote springs to mind:

You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

John Lydgate

So, what – if anything – can we take from this? Well, just as the Scottish have viewed the evidence and experiences of countries that have self ID, so too can we sassenach those of us in dear old England. Only this time, much closer to home.

I am hopeful that the bill will pass and in time, like other once thought contentious issues – divorce, being gay, getting remarried in a church, votes for women, and marriage equality – it’ll just become part of regular life.

L x


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