READING various comments in the London-controlled mainstream media, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Gender Recognition Reform Bill and its democratic passage through Holyrood was solely the work of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

It is misleading, if not disingenuous, to claim that a long-avowed feminist does not care about women’s rights.

With the overwhelming support of the Labour Party, the Greens and the Liberal Democrats, as well as the SNP, the main opposition to this bill has come from the same party that persistently opposed enfranchising women’s and gay rights, the Conservative and Unionist Party.

More than 30 countries have already adopted self-declaration laws and other countries, such as Spain, are also in the process of introducing them.

Given it has taken six years to pass this bill, it seems the claim that it has been “rushed through” is simply another deliberate attempt to divisively add misinformation into important debate around the rights of “minorities” in a truly compassionate society.

Stan Grodynski

Longniddry, East Lothian