Some months ago, in the summer of 2017, the UK Government announced proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act and declared there would be a public consultation in the autumn. The autumn has now come and gone with no consultation. We can but speculate as to why it has been put back to early in 2018. Obviously this page will be updated depending on whether this consultation goes ahead and what happens as a result. In the meantime, here are links to articles I recommend:
“Following the publication of the Transgender Equality Report,1 the UK government intends to consult on amending the Gender Recognition Act. This will have significant impacts on both trans people and others, especially women, children, and the lesbian and gay community. This fact sheet explains the proposed changes and some of the implications.”
The Gender Identity Debate Explored Morning Star
“Four activists discuss the pros and cons of the Tories’ proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act, which would allow self-identification of gender and abolish the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before transition.”
“As a transwoman, I am delighted that Parliamentary time is being devoted to trans rights. Trans people continue to face systemic discrimination and bias, so it is timely to review the legislation. However, the more I reflect on the two specific proposals in this motion, the more anxious I become.”
Gender, the GRA and Women’s Rights Leyaterra
“It should be clear too that the trauma male violence creates for the female population is both not our fault and inevitable, and that victims are the most likely to self-exclude, and indeed to suffer most from any further impact created by a policy of self ID. It’s also victims who are often accused of bigotry for being affected by male violence – which is horrific victim blaming and totally unacceptable.”
Is Jeremy Corbyn right that trans people should be allowed to self-identify their gender? Helen Lewis, New Statesman
“Incidentally, Miller said at the time of the report being released that the only opposition came from women “purporting to be feminists”; I am in no way surprised by this. I doubt if I stopped the average person in Britain – or even the average male MP in Westminster – they would have strong opinions on the potential drawbacks of the self-ID system. Feminists are literally the only group dedicated to interrogating whether proposed policies are bad for women. It’s not that everyone else necessarily thinks her proposal was a good idea; it’s more that they haven’t thought about it at all.”
“I am confident that the trade union movement is coming to an understanding that gender self-identity could undermine UK sex discrimination law and make exemptions to protect women’s services meaningless. It’s also fair to say that there is a strand within feminism that believes being inclusive is more important than protecting women’s rights. We are winning more and more women to the banner that their rights matter. We don’t underestimate the hard work though.”
Sex Matters Kiri Tunks, Morning Star
The relaxing of any legal definition of what it is to be a man or a woman could render sex discrimination law meaningless and any imposition of change without winning people to it is likely to cause a counter-productive backlash.
Neither is it helpful to say that these proposed changes only affect the trans community because it fundamentally isn’t true.
The ability to define one’s own “gender” will undermine the legal characteristic of “sex” and could lead to serious implications for women and their ability to fight sex discrimination and oppression.
Social acceptance of trans people springs from our relationship with society – and that works both ways Debbie Hayton Morning Star
“The trans community is small and vulnerable. We need to maintain the widespread trust and confidence of women to defend ourselves from the anti-trans zealots. History may well judge those people, though, sadly, they couldn’t seem to care less.
We therefore ignore women’s concerns at our peril. Women who were once enthusiastic allies of trans people are now more suspicious. The group with most to lose are trans women like me.”
The Orwellian nightmare of transgender politics Brendan O’Neill
“The government wants to scrap the current requirement of a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria before you can switch gender and allow for ‘self-identification’. So any bloke could self-identify as a woman, apply for the legal right to be recognised as a woman, and – boom – he’s a woman. Sorry, she’s a woman.
It’s madness. And most people know it’s madness. Ask any normal, decent member of the public if Dave, 32, born a boy, still in possession of a penis, and a five o’clock shadow on a rough weekend, is a man or a woman, and I bet you they will say: ‘Man.’ Not because they are prejudiced or ‘transphobic’ – the latest phobia slur designed to pathologise dissent – but because they understand reality. And truth. And biology and experience.”
Transgenderism Is A Fake Legal Construct Daniel Moody
“Consider too the glaring mismatch between New York City and Britain. In New York City we can now be fined $125,000 for “mis-pronouning” somebody. The British government instead intends to scrub gender markers from passports and other documents. Gender identity appears not to know what gender identity is: Is it something so sacred that a wrong word can cost us our livelihood? Or is it something that is of such little importance it does not even deserve a place on a job application form?”
We transgender women cannot self identify our sex Debbie Hayton, The Times
“When Lily Madigan, a 19-year-old transgender woman, was elected as a Labour Party women’s officer and applied for the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme, social media squabbles between transgender activists and women’s rights campaigners exploded into the mainstream.
The public must wonder what has been going on. A lot, it seems. The Labour councillor who was a referee on Ms Madigan’s application said the party had decided that “transgender women are women”, and he fundamentally believed that Lily is a woman.
People fundamentally believe lots of things but that does not necessarily make them true. We don’t legislate on the basis of astrology or homeopathy, for example, yet the government is considering reforms to the Gender Recognition Act that may allow people to self-identify their legal sex based on their fundamental beliefs.”
When Women’s Rights Are #NotaDebate Helen Saxby
“The new meaning of trans is currently being cemented into public consciousness by some very simple ideas used in a rather emotionally manipulative way. These ideas have been promoted so widely as to have reached the status of ‘self-evident’:
- Trans people are ‘Born in the Wrong Body’
- Gender is innate
- Around half of trans people will attempt suicide
- Trans people suffer abuse more than any other group
- Only trans people can talk about trans issues
- There is no evidence for any of this, and plenty of evidence against.”
Why is a A Male Rapist In a Woman’s Prison? Helen Saxby
“I duly read through the NHS Scotland Gender Reassignment Protocols. The treatment pathway for trans-identifying prisoners certainly takes considerable time (a whole year on hormones before assessment for surgery for example). But that’s ok: that is the one thing that the most serious of offenders have got in spades isn’t it…? Time…?
Diagnostically though, there is nothing rigorous or testing about it: it relies totally on the say-so of the presenting prisoner. Counselling or therapy are provided on the basis that the prisoner is telling the truth about his feelings, just as it is for non-prisoners. In fact, to do otherwise is now on the verge of being officially identified as conversion therapy.”
Why This Tranny Is Against The Change In The Gender Recognition Act! Smashing Gender Change blog
“As a person on the trans spectrum living in the UK very publicly it isn’t the act that needs to be changed. What needs to be changed is how the 2004 act is policed. I know there’s an issue with employment for example. Yet the Government are doing very little to ensure this act is adhered to by employers. That needs to change. Let’s face it everyone should be entitled to make a living / carve a career for themselves without the fear of discrimination and that should include the trans community in there.”
A very helpful and interesting two-part look at the history of transgender legislation has been published by Fair Play for Women and Girls. Here’s a link to the first part.
Finally, one of the most moving talks I ever had the privilege to attend.
Oh, and another fine cartoon from the amazing Feminist Heretic.