UK Women’s Groups Rally Against Transgender Policies

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

London feminist and lesbian activist groups staged a protest Wednesday outside a policy forum, saying the transgender rights movement infringes on the rights and safety of women.

Various women’s rights group like Women and Girls Equality Network, UK Lesbian Rights Group, and Parents Campaigning for Sex Equality for Children protested the Westminster Social Policy Forum on Transgender Rights, according to the blog GenderTrender. The forum met yesterday to discuss how to better achieve equality for transgenders and to examine how past legislation has helped transgender people in school.

The 2015 Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee Report angered women’s rights groups because it recommended doing away with prohibitions on sex-based anti-discrimination laws. The report urged to replace it with “gender identity” measures, instead.

If implemented, the committee’s proposals would prevent women from seeking legal correction if their rights are violated by men using the women’s restroom, entering into women’s sports or men being placed in women’s prisons.

GenderTrender wrote, “If the Equality Committee’s recommendations go forth as planned, the elimination of legal sex as a protected class will be replaced by an individual’s declaration of their subjective and internal gender-based ‘feelings.'”

Many of the people who backed the committee’s report organized Wednesday’s policy forum. The report was lead by a member of the Conservative Party, Maria Miller.

Protesters held signs outside the forum that read “Keep Trans Out Of Women’s Sports,” “No Trans In Women’s Toilets” and “Women Safe Spaces Matter.”

flyer passed around at the protest listed key grievances the groups had with the forum, ranging from the pressure parents face to declare their child as transgender, when the diagnosis is only based on “gender stereotypes,” to the unfairness of having men included in women’s competitions.

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