Petition · Charge a crime as a male crime, according to UK law – not by self-identified "gender". ·

British Transport Police are at present allowing some alleged criminals to self-identify as female when arrested. These alleged criminals are clearly not women as eye witnesses can testify. The crime is then recorded as a female crime and reported as such to the press. An example of this was recently reported widely in the tabloid press where many were shocked to see females in a video allegedly repeatedly stomping on a man’s head. The man suffered a broken eye socket. Two police officers also received injuries.
It seems that British Transport Police are misusing/misunderstanding the Equality Act 2010 and also misunderstanding/misapplying the provisions in the Gender Recogniton Act 2004 which refers only to the application for and use of Gender Recognition Certificates.
Suspects should be required to validate their sex as claimed upon arrest and at interview stage and certainly before a crime is reported as female to the press.
Establishing the sexed nature of crime is utterly essential to preserving the validity of crime statistics which show that most violent crime is committed by males upon other males and that most violent crime committed upon females is committed by male.
If men can simply self-identity as female against any current legal provision then no crime statistics are relevant.
We call upon the Government to commit to ensuring that the British Police are aware of the legal requirements to establish the sex of suspects. We call upon the British Government to apply the laws currently in place.

Transgender inmate charged with sex offences at Wakefield jail

A transgender prisoner has been charged with committing four sexual offences against inmates at a women’s jail in West Yorkshire.
Karen White, 51, is accused of four counts of sexual touching at New Hall Prison, Wakefield.
Ms White, who was born male but now identifies as a woman, has since been moved to a male prison.
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) guidance says in the “great majority” of cases transgender prisoners are allowed to “experience the system” in the gender in which they identify.
The first alleged attack is said to have taken place within a week of her arrival at New Hall jail in Wakefield.
She had not yet had gender reassignment surgery when she was jailed in the women’s prison, according to a report in The Sun.
The prisoner was originally sent on remand to the female prison after a judge heard she had been living as a woman for more than two years.
But one of her alleged victims, who she is said to have become friends with, claims she stood next to her, touching her arm while her erect penis was visible from the top of her trousers.
Another alleged victim claims the prisoner made inappropriate comments about oral sex before giving her a bear hug.

INTERVIEW: Angela C. Wild of #GetTheLOut on Pride in London and Lesbian erasure

Today, in the LGBT community, Lesbians cannot openly say that they are not attracted to penises or would not date a “pre-op transwoman,” because this is now considered “transphobic.”
Reframing females who are attracted to other females as somehow “bigoted” or “hateful” functions as a vicious form of misogyny, because it denies women’s right to have sexual boundaries. It is clear anti-lesbian propaganda enforcing compulsory heterosexuality, under the guise of political correctness.
We also know that “gender non-conforming” girls (what we used to call “tomboys”) are transitioned at an alarming rate in the UK (Transgender Trend and Lesbian Rights Alliance have done crucial work on this issue). As Lesbians who do not perform femininity, and as feminists who campaign against sex stereotypes, we cannot support the social or medical transitioning of women and girls who reject sexist stereotypes. Refusing to look like or behave in a “feminine way” does not make one a boy.
We decided to not march in the Pride March, because we do not feel part of Pride as its message exclude us. Instead, we decided to confront the parade by standing in front with banners explaining our message and with flyers to distribute to the crowd. The idea was to disrupt and delay the march for long enough for us to be seen. We had a GoPro camera to film our own protest. We have very little access to the media to explain our message, so guerrilla tactics such as this are the only way we found to reach a wider audience.
The general media reaction was (unsurprisingly) to condemn the action as anti-trans, because, naturally, stating that Lesbians do not either want or have penises is seen as an attack on men. All these men are completely obsessed with their penises don’t you think?
Trans ideology and trans activism is no different than any male rights movement — it employs the same tactics men use against women to keep us in place: gaslighting, threats of violence, actual violence, shaming, ostracization, economic abuse, name calling, etc. They use these tactics to keep us scared. This is how they maintain power over us. At some point we will collectively need to realize that we need to get past our fear of men, disobey, and take action.
Fair Play For Women would like to ask our supporters to read and share the open letter written by Fovas*; a group of female survivors of male violence.
Click here to read the letter: Open letter from female survivors of male violence to women’s organisations

Turning the Tide – Not The News in Briefs

The GRA consultation has been announced by the Women and Equalities minister Penny Mourdant , which means that the original Gender Recognition Act of 2004 is to be examined to see if it is still fit for purpose. This is the first time that women have been allowed a voice in the discussion, which is a good thing – but it’s not all good. Ms Mourdant declared that the consultation would start from the premise that ‘transwomen are women’, which actually makes the whole idea of a consultation redundant, because one of the issues at stake is what makes a woman, how a woman is defined, and what rights should be particular to that definition.
Transwomen are women’ as a slogan is nothing to do with being nice. It is a political mantra: it does not define its terms and it is used to shut down all dissent. The impact on women and girls is huge. Although self-ID is not law yet, the government’s Guide for Service Providers, published after the 2015 Trans Inquiry, and written by trans lobby group Gendered Intelligence, made sure that public and private institutions would be so confused about it that they would act as though it was law, just to be on the safe side. This has already led to the erosion of women’s single-sex spaces such as shops’ changing rooms, public swimming baths and gyms’ changing rooms, women’s refuges, prisons, the Girl Guides, sports, youth hostel bedrooms, as well as women’s prizes and shortlists – there is an ever-expanding list. Treating sex as a ‘gender identity’ rather than a biological and material reality will ALWAYS mean that girls and women lose out, and leave men and boys relatively unscathed. In a society where the sexes are unequal this is inevitable.
In all these years there has been one narrative, endlessly reinforced, and no challenge to this view has been allowed. Trans Media Watch for example, has been busy ensuring that a crime committed by a male transgender person is recorded in the press as a female crime, but if that person takes their own life in prison it gets recorded as a trans suicide. . . . Parts of the press have begun to report on women’s concerns, although others are still happy to paint women as bigoted transphobes. The BBC has occasionally resisted the wrath of Trans Media Watch and presented a more balanced picture, but largely it has been running scared.
It has become clear to me that ‘transwomen are women’ is political marketing genius. Under the ‘human rights’ guise of treating a minority with respect and dignity, it cleverly undermines all of women’s sex-based rights. . . . Now is the time to get involved and speak up, so that our daughters will be able to benefit from the rights and protections that we take for granted, and which are now under threat.

Why were lesbians protesting at Pride? Because the LGBT coalition leaves women behind

If “trans women are women, full stop” – even if they retain male genitals, as most do – then what it means to be a lesbian changes dramatically. A lesbian who refuses to consider a trans woman as a sexual partner is guilty of denying that trans woman’s gender identity. Online, such women are derided as “vagina fetishists” and transphobes.
Why does this matter so much? Because lesbians have consistently faced everything from mockery to violence for insisting on boundaries to their sexuality. For lesbians who know the history of “corrective rape” as a weapon against gender non-conforming women – the practical application of the old saw that all lesbians need to “fix” them is a dose of penis – this is a deeply alarming development in LGBT politics.
This isn’t a frivolous concern. In 2012, Planned Parenthood ran a conference called “Pleasure and Possibilities” which included a workshop on “Overcoming the Cotton Ceiling: Breaking Down Sexual Barriers for Queer Trans Women”. The title referenced the feminist concept of the glass ceiling – that is, the invisible barriers to promotion at work. Cotton meant underwear. Getting inside women’s knickers was treated as a discrimination issue equivalent to failing to become a CEO.
Misogyny doesn’t vanish at the flicker of a rainbow. . . . Lesbians are even losing themselves as a group, as it becomes impossible to organise woman-only events without foundering on the controversy of how to define “woman”. Butch lesbians like the comedian Hannah Gadsby are asked when they’re going to “come out” as trans men, as Gadsby relates in her Netflix special Nanette. If you don’t look feminine, some gender identity schools of thought say you must be a male in your deepest self.

Children's convener issues climbdown over expletive-laden Twitter outbursts – The Courier

Councillor Gregor Murray launched into a stream of explicit tirades on Saturday following reports of an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event.
The councillor, who identifies as gender non-binary, described a group of women blocking the front of the march as “utter c***s” and asked a fellow Twitter user, “where’s your f***ing solidarity you transphobic b******?”.
The children’s convener has now admitted the use of such crass language “reflects badly upon my city and my party” after facing a backlash over the outbursts.
Councillor Philip Scott, who also sits on the children and families services committee, said the latest actions “do not look good at all” for the administration.

Petition · Lesbians Attacked at San Francisco Dyke March Demand Retraction of Libelous Statements

On June 23rd, ten lesbians attended the San Francisco Dyke March together, four carrying signs affirming lesbian autonomy and educating about the dangers of giving children puberty blockers. These lesbians were harassed throughout the march, and two, myself and my partner, were specifically targeted and physically assaulted on numerous occasions by trans rights activists.
The San Francisco Dyke March, and now also the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Bay Area Reporter, have ALL posted defamatory and libelous statements positioning the victims as the actual attackers, which is a complete reversal of the truth.
Since there is a harmful defamation campaign in action initiated by the trans rights activist hate group Degenderettes, we strongly advise not including your given name when signing this petition to avoid being added to their blacklist.

Britain kicks off consultation over 'invasive' rules for …

LONDON, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain began a 16-week public consultation to make it easier for transgender people to legally change their gender on Tuesday, amid fears it will jeopardise women-only spaces.
People wanting to change their gender on their birth certificate in Britain must provide two medical reports, including a mental health condition diagnosis, and prove they have lived in their acquired gender for at least two years.
“Transgender people across the UK find the process of legally changing their gender overly bureaucratic and invasive,” Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement.
“I want to see a process that is more streamlined and de-medicalised – because being trans should never be treated as an illness.”
A national LGBT survey found that only 12 percent of transgender respondents had a gender recognition certificate, with nearly half saying they could not meet the requirements.
Some women’s groups have voiced fears that the planned reform will allow self-identifying transgender people to use single-sex spaces, like domestic violence refuges or toilets.
“If we have no objective standards of what it means to be trans, then we are creating a system that is wide open to abuse,” Sarah Ditum, a writer who has criticised the reform, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“We can’t be naive about the fact that male violence exists in society and that men will take advantage of loopholes.

Why are women who discuss gender getting bomb threats?

Last night, some women got together in a room to talk about law and politics and sex and gender. The meeting, in Hastings, was organised by a group called A Woman’s Place UK, which is concerned about the way politics and public debate is developing with regard to the legal rights of transgender people and women.
In Britain in 2018, women trying to hold public meetings to talk about politics and the law are being subjected to intimidation and threats. The police are investigating a bomb threat against one of those meetings. Yet politicians and large sections of the media are silent. Would that be the case if any other group or community were subject to such threats and intimidation? Why aren’t politicians, of all parties, shouting from the rooftops about this?
It’s not as if they don’t know or don’t care. Since I started writing about the gender debate in February, I’ve lost count of the number of MPs and other political people (of all parties and ranks, from policy advisers to Cabinet ministers) who have privately told me they are worried about the nature of this debate and worried about the implications of policy. Yet almost all of those people have also said they are not willing to talk about this publicly, for fear of the criticism and vitriol they believe they would face from people who believe the interests of transgender people are best served by shouting down questions with allegations of transphobia and bigotry.

Twitter 'bans women against trans ideology', say feminists

Twitter is banning women who “speak out against the dangerous dogma of trans ideology”, a feminist group has said.
In a letter to Twitter director Martha Lane Fox, Fair Play for Women says the company is allowing “a concerted attack on women’s free speech”.
Fair Play for Women describes itself as a group of “ordinary women” who argue that “in the rush to reform transgender laws” women’s voices will not be listened to.
It says Twitter users have been banned for stating “basic, incontrovertible biological facts” such as saying men are not women.
Transsexual writer Miranda Yardley said she was banned from Twitter for stating that Green Party LGBT spokesperson Aimee Challenor, a trans woman, is a man.
Writing on her blog she said: “According to the rules of Twitter it is now hateful conduct to call someone who is a man, a man.
“The implication of this is that the concept of proscribed speech, things we are now not allowed to say, now extends to the truth. This is fundamentally illiberal.”
Currently, if someone wishes to have their gender identity legally recognised they have to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate – a process LGBT campaigning group Stonewall describes as “long, demeaning and bureaucratic”.
Stonewall is calling for a system of gender recognition based on self-identification, and wants to remove the requirement for a medical diagnosis before a transgender person can change their legally recognised gender.
In July 2017 then Equalities Minister Justine Greening said the Gender Recognition Act needed to be updated and that a consultation would begin in the autumn.
The Scottish government is currently consulting on gender recognition.
The campaigning group Man Friday argues allowing people to self-identify as a particular gender “removes any gatekeeping to women’s identity and protected spaces”.
To protest against any change to the law, the group choose Fridays to identify as men and take part in activities such as using male changing rooms.
On Friday a group of women attempted to access the men’s only bathing pond in Hampstead Heath as part of a protest against self-identification.