The 2021 Hate Crime and Public Order Act removed the term ‘intersexuality’ from the current definition of ‘transgender identity’ given the clear differences between intersex/variations in sex characteristics and transgender identities. The 2021 Act now includes ‘variations in sex characteristics’ as a separate characteristic within hate crime law, to maintain protection for this group of people.

Variations in sex characteristics relate to diverse physical and biological characteristics of the body, whereas transgender identity relates to a person’s gender identity.

Read more on the 'what has changed' in the new hate crime law.

Learn more about The University of Edinburgh’s support and guidance for students who have experienced any forms of discrimination.

The Advice Place is run by the Student's Association and is a third party crime reporting site. If you are a victim of a crime, they can support you.

You can call 999 in an emergency to speak to Police or 101 for non-emergencies. If not an emergency, but you wish to report something, you can report online

There are two ways you can tell us what happened