INTERVIEW: Maria MacLachlan on the GRA and the aftermath of her assault at Speaker's Corner

My experience of court was much worse than the assault. I was the one on trial that day and if it hadn’t been for the clear video evidence that I’d been assaulted, my assailant wouldn’t have been convicted, even though there were over a dozen witnesses who could have said what happened. I was asked “as a matter of courtesy” to refer to my assailant as either “she” or as “the defendant.” I have never been able to think of any of my assailants as women because, at the time of the assault, they all looked and behaved very much like men and I had no idea that any of them identified as women. After he was arrested, the defendant posted vile misogynistic comments on his Facebook page that no woman would ever make. He was also filmed aggressively intimidating a woman on a picket line, shouting obscenities at her. In what sense is this person a woman?
The judge never explained why I was expected to be courteous to the person who had assaulted me or why I wasn’t allowed to narrate what happened from my own perspective, given that I was under oath. His rebuke and the defence counsel’s haranguing of me for the same reason just made me more nervous and I so continued to inadvertently refer to my male assailant as “he.” In his summing up, the judge said I had shown “bad grace” and used this as an excuse not to award compensation. One writer said, “It was as if the state had colluded with the defendant to take one last stab at the victim,” and that’s exactly how it felt.
https://www.feministcurrent.com/2018/06/21/interview-maria-maclauchlan-gra-aftermath-assault-speakers-corner/

Why must trans activists smear those who put forth inconvenient narratives about 'gender identity'?

Jesse Singal’s piece about “detransitioners” was both well-reported and empathetic — so why is he being attacked?
Singal speaks with Laura Edwards-Leeper, a psychologist who runs Pacific University and Oregon’s Transgender Clinic and trains clinical-psychology doctoral students to conduct “readiness assessments” for young people who want to transition, but who has been challenged simply for doing assessments at all, which trans activists and families of so-called trans kids claim is “traumatizing.” Edwards-Leeper facilitates transitioning for kids, including putting them on puberty blockers when deemed appropriate, but still worries that the field is moving to a place where “we’re maybe not looking as critically at the issues as we should be.”
Singal also interviews clinicians who support the “affirming care” model (including the medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development, who rejects mental health assessments when determining whether kids should begin transition, saying, “I don’t send someone to a therapist when I’m going to start them on insulin”), as well as trans activists who believe the “detransitioners” narrative makes it more difficult for trans-identified people to access the services they want.
Though well-reported, the piece itself was not particularly hard-hitting. The idea that kids might change their mind about a trend that is very clearly rooted in the existence of rigid notions about differences in boys’ and girls’ personalities and preferences, as well as the challenges girls face when they go through puberty in a world wherein they are objectified, is common sense. Nonetheless, Singal has been attacked viciously online as “dangerous” and “transphobic.”
https://www.feministcurrent.com/2018/06/19/must-trans-activists-smear-put-forth-inconvenient-narratives-gender-identity/

#CampaignForFemaleRights on film!, a Community Crowdfunding Project in UK on Crowdfunder

If our political class will not defend women’s rights, it falls on us to lead the way. Fair Play for Women is now raising a fighting-fund as quickly as we can so that we can launch a major campaign to take our debate to the country and stop sex self-ID before it’s too late.

Fair Play for Women is a group of ordinary people from all walks of life who have come together to fight for women’s and girls’ rights. We are deeply concerned that, in the rush to amend the Gender Recognition Act, our entire political class is failing to defend female sex-based rights.
This issue is now urgent. The government is launching a consultation on the Act in the coming weeks that will consider whether to enable people legally to self-declare their sex (“sex self-ID”). If sex self-ID becomes law, it will allow any man, whether transgender or not, to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) by a simple on-demand process and subsequently change the marker on his birth certificate to Female. He may swear on oath that he intends to live as his chosen sex: but, with no checks or safeguards and no requirement to make any surgical, physical, behavioural or other change, there will be no objective way of disproving his word.
Sex self-ID will in practice lead to the obliteration of all female-only space and activities, as the law governing single-sex protections will become practically unenforceable on the ground. Supporters of self-ID tell us our sex-based rights will be unaffected, but this is untrue. When any man can opt into the female sex, while protected by strict privacy rules that hide his transgender status, no one can challenge his right to enter a space lawfully reserved for natal females. When any man has the right to be female, single-sex protections lose all meaning.
Like all decent people in this country, we want transgender men and women to be able to live in peace and dignity, to flourish and prosper as human beings in their chosen presentation, and to get access to the services they need. But this must not come at the expense of women’s and girls’ rights.
Women’s single-sex spaces are needed. As long as men are responsible for 98% of sexually motivated crimes, as long as 85,000 of women are raped in England and Wales every year, and 510,000 women are assaulted, as long as males are bigger, stronger and more prone to violence than females, we will need single-sex showers, toilets, changing-rooms, refuges, prisons and sports.
Women have been subjected to vicious personal attacks simply for asking rational questions about this assault on our rights.
But we see what is happening. We, more than anyone, understand erasure. We understand belittlement. We understand colonisation. We understand how it feels when males want to muscle in on our space.
And we are not taking it.
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-campaign-to-save-sex-based-rights

Transgender track stars win state championship, ignites debate over rules

Miller, a sophomore at Bulkeley High School took first place in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Andraya, a sophomore at Cromwell High School took second in the 100 meter dash. The wins are not sitting well with everyone. Miller and Yearwood are both transgender, and some say it’s an unfair advantage and uneven playing field.
Some parents and student-athletes have started petitions to change the policy that athletes in Connecticut high schools can play for gender specific sport they identify with. One petition is circulating in Plainville, the other in Glastonbury.
The CIAC, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, says their policy is directly in alignment with state law and for their policy to change, state law would also have to change. They say they empathize and are listening to all athletes, but this is a very complex legal issue with multiple layers. Those we talked to agree, it’s a very complicated topic.
http://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/transgender-track-stars-win-state-championship-ignite-debate-over-rules/1235044455

Who Are the Rich, White Men Institutionalizing Transgender Ideology?

I have watched as all-women’s safe spaces, universities, and sports opened their doors to any man who chose to identify as a woman.
I was astonished that such a huge cultural change as the opening of sex-protected spaces was happening at such a meteoric pace and without consideration for women and girls’ safety, deliberation, or public debate.
Concurrent with these rapid changes, I witnessed an overhaul in the English language with new pronouns and a near-tyrannical assault on those who did not use them.
These elements, along with media saturation of the issue, had me wondering: Is this really a civil rights issue for a tiny part of the population with body dysphoria, or is there a bigger agenda with moneyed interests that we are not seeing?
I found exceedingly rich, white men with enormous cultural influence are funding the transgender lobby and various transgender organizations. These include but are not limited to Jennifer Pritzker (a male who identifies as transgender); George Soros; Martine Rothblatt (a male who identifies as transgender and transhumanist); Tim Gill (a gay man); Drummond Pike; Warren and Peter Buffett; Jon Stryker (a gay man); Mark Bonham (a gay man); and Ric Weiland (a deceased gay man whose philanthropy is still LGBT-oriented). Most of these billionaires fund the transgender lobby and organizations through their own organizations, including corporations.
These men and others, including pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government, are sending millions of dollars to LGBT causes. Overall reported global spending on LGBT is now estimated at $424 million.
It seems obvious now to look at the money behind transgenderism. Many new markets have opened because of it.
Over the past decade, there has been an explosion in transgender medical infrastructure across the United States and world to “treat” transgender people.
Transgenderism sits square in the middle of the medical industrial complex, which is by some estimates even bigger than the military industrial complex.
Much more important than funds going directly to the LGBT lobby and organizations, only a fraction of which trickles down to assist people who identify as transgender, is the money invested by the men mentioned above, governments, and technology and pharmaceutical corporations to institutionalize and normalize transgenderism as a lifestyle choice. They are shaping the narrative about transgenderism and normalizing it within the culture using their funding methods.
Bodily diversity appears to be the core issue, not gender dysphoria; that and unmooring people from their biology via language distortions, to normalize altering human biology. Institutionalizing transgender ideology does just this. This ideology is being promoted as a civil rights issue by wealthy, white, men with enormous influence who stand to personally benefit from their political activities.
http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/#.Wow7W_wn1Dg.twitter

Open letter: Freedom of speech at the University of Bristol

University professors oppose the slanderous allegations against A Woman’s Place UK and support upholding the principles of freedom of speech and assembly in relation to the right of A Woman’s Place UK to hold meetings without participants being intimidated.
A Woman’s Place UK does not provide a platform for hate speech against any group. Its meetings are open to all, and speakers at its events have included trans people. It has never campaigned against the current Gender Recognition Act or the Equality Act. In fact, it is concerned to ensure that the existing rights enshrined in these Acts are protected. The group was set up to discuss the potential impact of proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act on existing protections, particularly the effect on women’s sex-based protections under the Equality Act 2010.
Feminists’ attempts to discuss the proposed legislative changes have been met with attempts to shut meetings down by some trans activists, who characterize debate about how legislative change might be established in ways which could uphold both the sex-based rights of women and the rights of trans people as illegitimate, and inherently “transphobic.” We support the right of peaceful protest, but do not support any group which uses physical intimidation to try to silence those with whom it disagrees.
https://www.feministcurrent.com/2018/06/07/open-letter-freedom-speech-university-bristol/

Shelter forced women to shower with person who identified as a transgender woman and sexually harassed them, lawsuit says

A prominent Fresno charity, homeless women, and the transgender community all say they’re experiencing a nightmare come true.
Nine women homeless women signed on to a lawsuit against Naomi’s House and its parent company, the Poverello House, saying the last place they could go to feel safe is now dangerous because they’re forced to shower with a transgender woman.
The Naomi House bills itself as a gentle haven of healing and a safe haven for single, homeless women, but a new lawsuit says it put a lot of women in harm’s way in a very vulnerable spot — the shower.
It says the shelter requires them to shower in groups, and it opened its doors to a person who identified themself as a transgender woman who made lewd and sexually inappropriate comments, and leered at them while they were naked.
Poverello House administrators tell Action News federal law says they have to treat a person identifying as a woman as a woman — and there’s no way to test whether it’s true.
The women say they repeatedly complained to staff members, but were told if they didn’t respect the person’s decision to identify as a woman, and if they refused to take showers at the same time, they’d get kicked out of the shelter.
http://abc30.com/homeless-women-harassed-in-shower-lawsuit-says/3514544/

Vocal Lesbian Feminist Magdalen Berns Has Been Attacked

On May 26th, vocal lesbian feminist and popular YouTube vlogger, Magdalen Berns, posted on Twitter “I just got beaten up by a random bloke on the street.” Fans were concerned that the attack was potentially a gay bashing, as she is routinely threatened online.
Luckily a guardian angel jumped in to defend her–a man–who took the worst of the blows. Berns wrote, “He got knocked out trying to stop this lunatic and possibly saved my life in the process.”
So many in the community are just now learning of the news and are disappointed that (as is so often the case with lesbians and more specifically butch lesbians) there has been no coverage of this attack in “LGBTQ” media.
http://www.afterellen.com/general-news/559717-vocal-lesbian-feminist-magdalen-berns-assaulted-suspect-at-large

Transgender convict gets 10 years for 2 sex assaults, declared dangerous offender

Patrick ‘Tara’ Pearsall, 53, of Toronto, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for two sexual assaults and declared a dangerous offender.
Pearsall, of Toronto, has been taking medication to transition to a woman and began the process after the assaults occurred.
Crown and defence lawyers told the judge that Pearsall is willing to undergo chemical castration and would like to have sex reassignment surgery as soon as possible.
Corrections Canada will decide whether Pearsall serves the sentence in a prison for woman.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/transgender-sex-offender-sentence-sexual-assaults-dangerous-offender-1.4673213

Labour suspends male activist who stood as women's officer 'because he identifies as a woman on Wednesdays'

A local Labour party has suspended a man who previously made it onto the list of candidates for women’s officer because he “identifies as a woman on Wednesdays”, under their “self-id” rules.
In order to stand for the women-only position, the candidate has to self-identify as a woman, but there are no other stipulations about gender.
David Lewis, a Labour activist, told the Spectator he identifies as a woman “on Wednesdays, between 6.50am when my alarm goes off and around midnight when I go to bed.”
Mr Lewis said he stood as candidate to: “inform the CLP, and maybe some other people, about what this policy means, about what happens when you say that someone’s gender depends only on what they say and nothing else.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/22/labour-allows-male-activist-stand-womens-officer-identifies/