Nicola Sturgeon Isla Bryson Scotland transgender information Sky News Trans Nicola Sturgeon Isla Bryson Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon has 'no regrets' over handling of trans rapist Isla Bryson

Reading now: 661

Nicola Sturgeon says she does not regret how she handled the issue of a rapist being placed in a women's prison, adding that the Scottish Prison Service had been dealing with trans prisoners “for years”.In an interview with Sky News' Beth Rigby, Ms Sturgeon said the behaviour of a "tiny minority" including convicted rapist Isla Bryson could not justify denying rights to transgender people.

Bryson was initially sent to a women's prison after being convicted of two counts of rape, before being diverted to a male prison following a public outcry.The outgoing First Minister also said she received the most intense abuse of her political career over the gender recognition reform act, which seeks to make it easier for a transgender person to be legally identified in their preferred gender.

She has denied being "out of step" with the public over the law, which will not affect a transgender person's ability to access their preferred facilities – a right enshrined in the Equality Act.Ms Strugeon said of the Isla Bryson situation: “These are tough issues, but they are issues fundamentally about basic human rights.

There is no other group in society where we take the behaviour of a tiny minority and use it to deny rights to that group.“What gender that person said they were, was less important than saying they were a convicted rapist.

The website is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.

Related News