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July 2, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Man Elected to Female Leadership Seat That was Created to Ensure Female Participation in Politics
A petition posted by women’s rights advocates requesting removal of a man recently elected as Female District Leader for New York City’s 37A district has been expunged from Care2 Petitions by website staff. Emilia Decaudin, a man who self-identifies as ‘non-binary’ gendered, won a Female District Leader seat in Queens with 52.56% of counted votes. The 20-year-old from Westchester County, New York is the youngest and first openly transgender-identifying member of The State Democratic Committee. Deirdre A. Feerick, his experienced female competitor who had received the endorsement of the Queens Democratic Party, took 46.97% of counted votes. Like many nations and territories, New York State once had a sex-parity rule to guarantee women a voice in politics. Suffragists demanding voting rights had been arrested during a 1917 march at the White House, and were subjected to clubbings, beatings and miscellaneous torture. This “Night of Torture” galvanized public support for women’s suffrage.
June 27, 2020, 5:33 p.m.
Allison Bailey: “I am suing Stonewall to stop them policing free speech”
My name is Allison Bailey. I am a criminal defence barrister, a feminist, a lesbian, a lifelong campaigner for racial equality, lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights, and a survivor of child sexual abuse. With other LGB rights campaigners, I helped to set up the LGB Alliance. In retribution for this, Stonewall Diversity Limited (Stonewall), co-ordinated with the barristers’ chambers of which I am a member to put me under investigation. This was an attempt by Stonewall to intimidate and silence me and others critical of what we see as its malign influence in British life: workplaces, schools, universities, the police, the judiciary, the Crown Prosecution Service, and all government departments.
June 26, 2020, 9:29 p.m.
Nous, féministes, soutenons J.K. Rowling contre le lynchage des activistes trans
J.K. Rowling, l’autrice de Harry Potter, s’est attiré les foudres d’activistes trans, après avoir posté une série de tweets où elle exprimait un point de vue ironique sur la différence des sexes. Nous féministes souhaitons alerter le grand public sur la situation de la communauté lesbienne en France et à l’international. Pour commencer nous souhaiterions rappeler que les lesbiennes ne sont pas les seules à vivre dans la peur de l’activisme trans extrême.
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June 18, 2020, 12:02 p.m.
UK government shelves plans to allow self-ID: WHRC statement
WHRC welcomes the news, reported in the Sunday Times on 14 June 2020, that the UK govt has shelved plans to reform the GRA to allow self-ID of sex. We ask that it continue to listen to grass-roots women’s organisations as it reaffirms its commitment to single sex spaces as set out in the 2010 Equality Act and investigates the role of heavily funded lobbying organisations such as Stonewall in contributing to the unauthorised replacement of the protected characteristic of sex with “gender identity” throughout public life.
June 15, 2020, 9:16 a.m.
Transgender Trend responds to Sunday Times report on GRA consultation outcome - UK
Today the Sunday Times has reported that the government is to scrap plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act which would allow self-identification of sex. A formal announcement is expected by the end of next month.
June 10, 2020, 6:05 p.m.
J.K. Rowling about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender
This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity. I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity. For people who don’t know: last December I tweeted my support for Maya Forstater, a tax specialist who’d lost her job for what were deemed ‘transphobic’ tweets. She took her case to an employment tribunal, asking the judge to rule on whether a philosophical belief that sex is determined by biology is protected in law. Judge Tayler ruled that it wasn’t. My interest in trans issues pre-dated Maya’s case by almost two years, during which I followed the debate around the concept of gender identity closely. I’ve met trans people, and read sundry books, blogs and articles by trans people, gender specialists, intersex people, psychologists, safeguarding experts, social workers and doctors, and followed the discourse online and in traditional media.
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May 27, 2020, 3:44 p.m.
The Proud Trust : Nothing to be Proud of
Article from Transgender Trend in the UK. The Manchester-based Proud Trust could be a case study in how the trans issue has increasingly come to dominate many groups which were originally set up to fight for gay and lesbian rights.
May 12, 2020, 9:57 p.m.
Greens for Dialogue Not Expulsion
The Lavender Caucus of the Green Party has issued a statement calling on the Georgia state party to retract its endorsement of the “Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights” or face decertification by the national party. It is perfectly normal for Greens to have different viewpoints on this issue, as we do on many issues. The Green way to resolve such differences, however, is to talk to each other with an openness that seeks, at a minimum, a mutual understanding of alternative points of view. We—members, volunteers, contributors and supporters of the Green Party of the United States—therefore urge that instead of the action proposed by the Lavender Caucus a respectful discussion of these and related issues be organized. We ask that all member state parties, caucuses, candidates, and locals of the party take a step back from any suggestion that state organizations or their members be decertified, sanctioned, or silenced for positions they have adopted, or for concerns which they may have
May 9, 2020, 6:05 p.m.
Reform ‘under the radar’? Lessons for Scotland from the Development of Gender Self-Declaration Laws in Europe
oth the Scottish and UK Governments have recently consulted on proposals to amend the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 that would enable someone to change their legal sex simply by making a statutory declaration. We were among those who responded to the consultation expressing concern that the Scottish Government’s proposals failed to recognise a conflict with women’s sex-based rights as enshrined in the Equality Act 2010. In its consultation, the Scottish Government relied heavily on a narrative of ‘international best practice’ as a rationale for reform, citing non-binding legal instruments, whilst conceding that current arrangements for changing legal sex are compliant with recent rulings from the European Court of Human Rights.