Online guidance for Scotland’s Census 2021 question testing
Q5. What is your sex?
How do I answer this question?
If you are transgender the answer you give can be different from what is on your birth certificate. You don’t need a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).
If you are non-binary or you are not sure how to answer, you could use the sex registered on your official documents, such as your passport or driving licence. The next question is a question about trans status and history. You can respond as non-binary in this question.
I am answering for someone else. How do I answer?
If you’re answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer. If they’re away, select the answer you think they would choose. You don’t need to know or ask whether they have a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).
Why is this question asked?
The sex question provides vital information for organisations on national and local population statistics, and for long term analysis, as it has been asked since 1801. This question is also used for equality monitoring.