Saturday 30th November - Women's Spaces Going Down The Pan
Radical feminist campaign group, ReSisters United UK & Ireland, published a blog post about their recent "Civil DisoPEEdiance".
To coincide with World Toilet Day, the ReSisters drew attention to the erasure of single sex toilet provision with a nationwide sticker campaign. Women conducted stealth stickering missions around the UK, reclaiming so-called 'gender neutral' facilities for women only, albeit just for a day.
Despite overwhelming evidence that women are not safe from physical assault, sexual violence or voyeurism in mixed sex toilets, such facilities are becoming all too prevalent. More and more businesses, universities, theatres, restaurants and public buildings etc are embracing so-called 'gender neutral' loos. And bit by bit women's hard-won spaces are being erased.
Sunday 1st December - Trans Lessons For School Children
Stonewall has launched its voluntary guidance for schools to coincide with the new relationships and sex education (RSE) classes that are due to begin next September.
It recommends that every subject should provide an opportunity for teaching children about LGBT issues. For example, Stonewall suggests that in IT lessons pupils could design a dress for Bailey, the main character in a book called 10,000 Dresses which is about a boy who wants to be a girl. Furthermore, in religious education lessons, Stonewall believes that pupils should be taught about naming ceremonies for people who 'change gender'.
Tanya Carter, from the Safe Schools Alliance, told the paper:
“We are in favour of teaching about same-sex families, but we are concerned that the aim of challenging homophobia is being used to sneak gender ideology into the curriculum. It is being taught as fact that children can be born in the wrong body and are able to change sex, neither of which is true.”
Jonathan Best is the former artistic director of Manchester’s Queer Up North Festival. He echoed this sentiment on Twitter. "There's a difference between age-appropriate teaching about same-sex relationships, & spreading unscientific, quasi-religious 'gender identity' ideology."
Also Today - Attack On Children's Book Advocating Self-Acceptance
Children’s author, Rachel Rooney, has written a book to counteract the recent proliferation of works which push gender identity ideology on kids.
My Body Is Me is a joyful, body positive picture book for primary age children which celebrates diversity, challenges gender stereotypes and focuses on the healthy acceptance of one's body just as it is.
In addition to being an award-winning children's author and poet, Rachel Rooney is a trained teacher in Primary and Special Education and taught for 30 years in a variety of schools. She has particular experience of working with pupils with autism and is the mother of an autistic son. She told The Sunday Times:
“I’m concerned children who may grow up to be gay or who are discovered to be on the autism spectrum are learning that the reason they may feel confused or different is because they were born in the wrong body. It’s impossible to have the ‘wrong’ body. It’s a very worrying message we’re sending to children.”
My Body Is Me is available through the Transgender Trend website.
Of course, those on The Right Side Of History reacted in a wholly predictable way and Rachel and her book were subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media.
Rachel responded with this statement (thread).
Also Today - Single Sex Schools To Admit Pupils Of Both Sexes
The Independent revealed that single-sex schools intend to change their admissions policy to accommodate trans pupils due to fear of litigation.
Headteachers at private single-sex schools around the UK have said that say they may admit children based on gender identity rather than sex as they are concerned about the potential legal ramifications of excluding trans pupils.
It seems that controversial charity, Mermaids, has had a hand in this. According to The Independent, Mermaids "is urging single-sex schools to implement trans-inclusive admission policies as they say 'trans girls are girls and trans boys are boys'". Furthermore, it sounds like Mermaids are (incorrectly) advising schools that refusal to admit trans pupils is discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010.
Julie McCulloch is the director of policy at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). She told The Independent: “We have had a number of members get in touch who are leading single-sex schools and are having to make decisions about who they admit and who they don’t and what the implications are for them. If a school refuses to admit a child who is of the opposite sex but the same gender that could classed as indirect discrimination. It is becoming quite difficult for school leaders and governors to interpret the law.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has yet to publish the official guidelines it promised schools over a year ago. But leaked documents about the content of these guidelines suggest that gender identity will be upheld over the rights, safety and privacy of girls.
Monday 2nd December - The Smoke & Mirrors Of Trans Activism
James Kirkup wrote in The Spectator about a shocking document which reveals the shady tactics employed and recommended by trans lobbyists.
Kirkup begins by describing the remarkable influence trans activists have achieved over public bodies, politicians and officials and in such a short space of time. Business and organisations are embracing gender identity ideology like zealots and rushing to implement swinging changing and policies to accommodate it. Kirkup asks, "How did organisations with small budgets and limited resources achieve such stunning success, not just in the UK but elsewhere?"
The report is called "Only adults? Good practices in legal gender recognition for youth". It is the joint enterprise of Dentons, supposedly the world’s biggest law firm, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a branch of the global media giant, and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth & Student Organisation (IGLYO).
The purpose of the report is to help trans groups in various countries affect changes in the law so that children can formally change their gender without needing the approval of their parents or guardians and without needing the permission of the relevant authorities. Yes, you read that right, it intends that parents should be stripped of their right to make decisions for and about their own children.
Shockingly the report even recommends state intervention if parents won't play along with a child's change of gender. It suggests that, "States should take action against parents who are obstructing the free development of a young trans person’s identity in refusing to give parental authorisation when required".
James Kirkup details the various techniques the report recommends to bring about such aims:
1) Get ahead of the Government agenda
"NGOs need to intervene early in the legislative process and ideally before it has even started. This will give them far greater ability to shape the government agenda and the ultimate proposal than if they intervene after the government has already started to develop its own proposals."
Sound familiar? It should. In 2016 a Commons select committee report adopted several recommendations from trans groups and in 2017 the government decided to adopt self-ID legislation.
2) Tie your campaign to more popular reform
"In Ireland, Denmark and Norway, changes to the law on legal gender recognition were put through at the same time as other more popular reforms such as marriage equality legislation. This provided a veil of protection, particularly in Ireland, where marriage equality was strongly supported, but gender identity remained a more difficult issue to win public support for".
The 'Veil of protection' in the UK is clearly the gay rights movement. Adding the T to the LGB has been a resounding success with the leading LGB organisation, Stonewall, now dedicated to the advancement of gender identity ideology.
3) Avoid excessive press coverage and exposure
"Another technique which has been used to great effect is the limitation of press coverage and exposure. In certain countries, like the UK, information on legal gender recognition reforms has been misinterpreted in the mainstream media, and opposition has arisen as a result... In Ireland, activists have directly lobbied individual politicians and tried to keep press coverage to a minimum."
The report provides extensive advice about keeping the gender agenda out of the public’s gaze, which certainly explains the "No debate" edict we hear so frequently around trans activism.
James Kirkup summarises the situation:
A major international law firm has helped write a lobbying manual for people who want to change the law to prevent parents having the final say about significant changes in the status of their own children. That manual advises those lobbying for that change to hide their plans behind a ‘veil’ and to make sure that neither the media nor the wider public know much about the changes affecting children that they are seeking to make. Because if the public find out about those changes, they might well object to them.
As the saying goes, if this doesn't scare you, you haven't been paying attention.
Tuesday 3rd - Women With Opinions Must Be Punished
Further information came to light in the ongoing saga of the University of York v radical feminism. (Well, radical feminism personified by Dr Louise Moody.)
Until recently Dr Louise Moody was a Research Associate at the University of York. Earlier this year she made comments on social media about aggressive trans rights activist, Rachel McKinnon, accurately describing McKinnon's sex as male.
Consequently, two self-appointed "Prominent members of the LGBT community" (Adrian Harrop and Stephanie Hayden) made a complaint about her to the university. They alleged that her comments compromised the “potential safety” of LGBT students, ignoring the fact that Dr Moody is a lesbian herself.
Dr Moody then received numerous emails from the university's Head of Philosophy, Professor Alan Thomas, who claimed she was in breach of the employee's social media policy (though Dr Moody was a Research Associate and not, therefore, a university employee). Despite it being the summer vacation, he also demanded an immediate response from and meeting with Dr Moody.
When Dr Moody failed to bow to this pressure and stood her ground over needing time to take legal advice and prepare a response before attending any meeting, Professor Thomas then abolished all Research Associate roles without giving a reason.
Dr Moody then made a subject access request (SAR) to the University of York. She has subsequently received 70 pages of discussion between Professor Alan Thomas and the university's administration, public relations, legal and academic departments concerning the complaint made against her.
Just a small selection of messages reveals that Dr Moody had been misinformed about being subject to university disciplinary procedures, that the university tried to stop her from using her Research Associate status at an event due to "PR implications" and that her social media account was being monitored.
Dr Moody is currently being sued for Defamation, Harassment, and Misuse of Private Information by the aforementioned Stephanie Hayden, a transwoman who routinely issues proceedings against women (presently, Kate Scottow, Caroline Farrow, and Helena Wojtczak) who reject the rhetoric of gender identity.
Dr Moody has instructed her lawyers to deal with both with this legal action and with the handling of the complaint against her by the University of York.
Wednesday 4th December - Research Seminar Cancelled Over Safety Fears
The Times reported on the cancellation of an event scheduled to be held at Edinburgh University.
The research conference has been cancelled amid fears that the safety of female speakers and attendees couldn't be guaranteed following threats from trans activists.
The event was organised by the university's Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership and was intended to discuss plans for new guidance on supporting trans pupils in Scottish schools. It was to be held next week but, despite plans to tighten and increase security, it has now been postponed.
Speakers were to include Professor Michele Moore, head of the Centre for Social Justice and Global Responsibility at London South Bank University, Stephanie Davies-Arai, author, educator and founder of Transgender Trend and Dr Shereen Benjamin, a senior lecturer in Primary Education at Edinburgh University.
The Staff Pride Network deemed the seminar "transphobic" and wrote to the university's management to try and prevent it, claiming it would have a "harmful impact" on the "trans and non-binary community at the University".
According the The Scotsman, members of the Staff Pride Network tried to pressure the online ticketing site, EventBrite, to remove the event from its website. Trans activists tried to interfere with ticket availability by encouraging people to register for the seminar, thus preventing genuine attendees from being able to reserve a place.
A source at the university told The Scotsman, "The organisers were told that there was going to be too hostile an environment to hold the event and while there would be nine security guards they couldn't guarantee the safety of speakers or attendees - most of whom would likely be women - which is pretty terrifying. It has made many women academics feel unsafe on campus and that they are on their own".
One might expect the University and College Union (UCU) to uphold academic freedom and encourage any debate around the rights of women and girls. But the Edinburgh branch of the UCU welcomed the cancellation of the seminar.
Thursday 5th December - Harper's Magazine Misgenders Lesbian Icon
Julia Diana Robertson, award-winning author and AfterEllen contributor, wrote about Harper's Magazine misrepresenting lesbian icon, Stormé DeLarverie, as a trans man.
Eileen Myles wrote an article in Harper's Magazine in which they have re-cast Stormé DeLarverie, a butch lesbian of colour who was the heroine of the Stonewall riot, as a transman, erroneously claiming she used and preferred male pronouns.
(Myles is a lesbian, demands 'they / them' pronouns and once told The New Yorker “I’m happy complicating what being a woman, a dyke, is". Clearly they forgot to ask other women and dykes if they were okay with this 'complicating'.)
Julia Diane Roberts wrote to Harper’s Magazine to request a retraction/apology. She explained that Stormé died only recently and misrepresenting who she was is extremely hurtful to the friends who knew and loved her. Furthermore, it is easy to verify how Stormé 'identified'; not only did she give a number of interviews herself when alive, her friends and the legal guardians who took care of her in her later years have also made it quite clear.
Harper's Magazine replied saying that they were "Comfortable with the decision the writer made."
Such revisionism from Harper's Magazine is part of a much wider problem. Gender identity ideology has provided the perfect tool with which to erase pioneering lesbian and gender non-conforming women from history. Now they can be retrospectively 'transed'. As Julia Diana Robertson writes:
"Each time one of the few pages we have in the his-story books is torn out, or marked up with red ink, a sense of despair ripples through the lesbian community. And with mainstream publications being a male-dominated game, lesbians can’t seem to get a word in We’ve even been strategically extracted from what few lesbian publications we once had."
Friday 6th December - SNP May Be Purging Gender Critical Members
The Times published an article suggesting that trans activists within the SNP are actively trying to oust members who oppose self-ID legislation.
Neale Hanvey expressed support for the SNP's Women's Pledge.
Last week alleged antisemitic social media posts, which Hanvey made three years ago, suddenly re-surfaced. He was subsequently dropped as the SNP candidate for Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath. The complaints about his comments are believed to have been made by those within his own party.
It was a similar story for Denise Findlay, who was also a supporter of the SNP Women’s Pledge. She left the party on Wednesday after Twitter comments she made 18 months ago, in which she likened Israel's treatment of Palestinians to Nazism, somehow found their way to Channel 4 News.
One SNP politician spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity. They said that there was little doubt the complaint against Mr Hanvey was “an inside job”, adding, “This is nothing to do with genuine concerns about antisemitism and everything to do with his support for Women’s Pledge.”
The Out for Independence (OFI) group have been very vocal in their opposition to the Women's Pledge. Trans rights activist and OFI supporter, Leeze Lawrence, tweeted, "Glad to hear Denise Findlay has resigned from the SNP conduct committee. The party is a better place without hateful rhetoric in it. I’ll be taking names & make sure they never get back in".
Though Lawrence should remember the adage about people in glass houses. For someone who claims to advise the Scottish Government on equality and diversity and provide LGBTQ sensitivity training to the media, Lawrence shouldn't be too quick to condemn others over the re-emergence of old tweets.
Also Today - Yaniv In Court. Again. Though You Wouldn't Know It.
Jonathan Yaniv was in court on a weapons charge. It was left to right-wing organisation Rebel Media and their ilk to report on the case. The mainstream Canadian media outlets were conspicuously silent.