A public debate was scheduled in London between feminists and transgender activists over the conflict of interest between women’s rights and the transgender movement, specifically the impact of proposed changes to the UK Gender Recognition Act. The event was titled ‘What is Gender? The Gender Recognition Act and Beyond’.

At debate is the proposal to eliminate the legal classification of women as ‘adult female human beings’ to be replaced with ‘Gender Identity’, an undefined and subjective feeling with no stated characteristics that is unrelated to biological sex. This would allow males who declare this personal feeling to opt into female areas of public life set aside to promote equality for women and protection from male violence (female prisons, female change rooms, female scholarships, etc.). Transgender activists seek the elimination of women as a legal class on the premise that doing so would improve the mental health of a small minority of males who believe biological sex does not exist.

The debate was scheduled for Wednesday September 13 at London’s New Cross Learning Center. Speakers were:

Bex Stinson, transgender liaison at StonewallUK,

a second representative of StonewallUK,

lesbian feminist Julia Long,

and gender critical transsexual Miranda Yardley.

On September 11, following complaints from trans activists, Bex Stinson pulled out of the engagement, citing personal reasons for being unable to meet his professional commitments. The other StonewallUK representative followed suit.

The event was to go forward with featured speakers Dr. Julia Long and Miranda Yardley.

Event Flyer

Following the abandonment of the discussion by StonewallUK, transgender activists complained that their point of view was unrepresented because they refused to participate and the remaining transsexual speaker (Miranda Yardley) did not support eliminating women’s rights under the Gender Recognition Act. Working under the belief that women have no right to discuss proposed changes to the legal status of women, they organized to prevent women from meeting or speaking about their legal status.

Their tactics included, among other things, disrupting the meeting with noise:

Goldsmith’s Emergency: ‘Disrupt and Drown Out’ the discussion of women’s legal status

And attempting to No-Platform by harassing the venue:

Activists directed to harass the venue

 

On September 12, the event venue, New Cross Community Library, no-platformed the discussion, citing safety concerns:

 

In 2017, in London, it is not safe for women to discuss the legal status of women.

 

As a result of the last minute no-platforming by the NewCross Community Library, the event was diverted to an undisclosed location with a public meet-up to be held, ironically, at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park.

Transgender activists responded by trying to locate the new venue so the conversation could be prevented:

Stalkers stalk

 

On the date of the discussion, September 13, the group ‘Action For Trans Health London’ issued the following:

Urgent call to suppress women’s speech

Text of their post (now deleted):

CW, TW: transmisogny, transphobia.

PLEASE be mindful of people’s capacity and experiences before inviting people to this event. This event has been circulated widely particularly amongst the trans community, but please don’t expect people of trans experience to be able to engage directly with those who target, vilify and abuse them. The two speakers have a history of launching absolutely unwarranted campaigns of violent harrassment against women of trans experience and therefore allies and those who don’t experience transmisogny are primarily who should be called upon to defend against TERFs. Bear this in mind before you ‘invite all’ – thank you.

It has come to our attention that a NEW VENUE is platforming transmisogynists and TERFs at an event TODAY(Wednesday 13th September 7-9pm) , claiming to ‘debate’ the Gender Recognition Act.

Scheduled to speak are a notoriously transmisogynistic ‘feminist’ author, Julia Long, and a ‘gender critical’ trans woman, Miranda Yardley, both of whom regularly propagate deeply hateful views, misgendering, vilifying and targeting women of trans experience and trans feminine people. Representatives from Stonewall have (understandably) pulled out, making the event nothing more than a platform for hate speech.

Transmisogny can never be legitamised or tolerated as ‘debate’,

This is violence. We know that when Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) speak, they enact, encourage and condone violence against women of trans experience, transfeminine people and those who experience transmisogny.

One trans woman does not speak for all people of trans experience, particularly when she does not experience the extreme risks of violence faced by trans people of colour.

We know TERFSs are not and will never be interested in being challenged via ‘debate’. We are not interested in engaging with them on those terms.

*** A4TH London cannot guarantee the number of people who will be in attendance to protest or disrupt this event, but we encourage you to use this space to organise with other people of trans experience and cis allies**

******WHAT YOU CAN DO (even if you can’t come )*******

FIND OUT WHERE IT IS

————————SHARE THIS EVENT WIDELY—————————

Don’t just click ‘attending’, start a Whatsapp group, a message thread – tell your friends, activist networks, make an action plan, share templates for emails or tweets or phone conversations. Post on their FB page // drawing attention to the event (FB Event page now deleted) and stating your opposition.

IMPORTANT: the organiser of the event has no interest in cancelling or engaging (of course) so the most we can do is be a nuisance.

———————————FLOOD THEIR INBOX—————————-

USE EVERY EMAIL ADDRESS YOU HAVE asking them to:

– Cancel the event, considering it can no longer even claim to be a ‘debate’ now that there is no ‘opposition’.

– BUT *please don’t forget* to highlight that there is NO DEBATE when it comes to the lives and experiences of the trans community – questioning and theorising over the validity or reality of lived experience IS VIOLENCE, is TRANSPHOBIA and is not acceptable.

– Encourage them to make a public statement apologising for hosting the event and claiming responsibility for platforming transmisogny and hate.

——————–ON THE DAY,
JOIN US OUTSIDE from 6:30pm ————-

It is a high unlikely that this event will be cancelled. The organiser has made that clear.
We must be there to expose the reality of the event inside.

We must be there in solidarity, rage and love for those who the event seeks to villify, oppress and injure.

Bring placards, banners, music, people!

We need to drown out the TERFS.
We need to let the local community to know what is going on inside.
We need to PROVE that our communities (LGBTQIA+, queer, anti-racist, antifascist) are vigilant in standing up for and in solidarity with those who experience the most violence and that it will not be tolerated here or anywhere.

We highly encourage self-organising and diversity of tactics.

We need as many allies there as possible – cis, queer, trans people who don’t experience transmisogny need to far outnumber those who do to ensure their safety.

– Anyone have any good anti-TERF chants?-

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On the ‘Action For Trans Health London’ post, a man calling himself ‘Tara Flik Wood” posted his intent to attack women who are concerned with the legal status of women:

As you can see, their intent was “loved” by the organizers.

This transgender individual, along with other men, went on to assault a 60 year old grandmother in Hyde Park as seen here:

https://gendertrender.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/this-is-trans-terrorism-this-is-male-violence/

Trans activists also assaulted transsexual Miranda Yardley and grabbed his phone which was later recovered.

On September 14, transgender activists scrambled to defend the attack and prevent LGBT organizations from denouncing the violence:

wow. Stopping trans orgs from condemning violence against women.

 

‘Action For Trans Health” Edinburgh issued a statement supporting the attack:

Unbelievably psychotic violent men who identify as transwomen.

As you can see, ‘Action For Trans Health’ London “loved” their post.

No LGBT organizations have condemned the attack.

No LGBT organizations have issued a comment- including StonewallUK.

No LGBT news outlets have reported on the scheduled event, the no-platforming, the violent attacks, the terroristic suppression of women’s speech on the legal status of women.

Trans Activists Violently Attack Women at Speakers Corner, London, September 13, 2017

 

 

Petition started by New York composer Karl Michael Johnson

 

“Dear Board of Directors,

This past weekend, Amy Siskind published a tweet using the term “transgenders” to refer to people in the trans community, a term commonly regarded as a slur. She was gently asked to find another term by Shakina Nayfack, a trans actress and activist. The desired outcome was that Amy would acknowledge the error and correct it. Instead, she told Shakina to “get off her timeline” and blocked her on Twitter.

Moreover, when others joined the conversation, Amy indicated that the criticism was invalid and a waste of her time, and she blocked many people who escalated the issue by responding to other tweets in her timeline. Refusing to take the criticisms in stride, she doubled down, referring to her critics sarcastically as “geniuses” and likening their behavior to that of “alt-right trolls.”

We find it troubling and shameful that this is the behavior of someone with a prominent platform in the name of an organization that claims to be “a voice for all women.” Additionally, someone who decries President Trump’s tactics of demeaning his enemies and blocking communication with them should be expected, at the very least, to choose to interact differently with her critics than the very authoritarian figure she claims to rebuke.

We believe that the true enemies of the advancement of all women are not those at the top of government making obvious policy changes affecting women’s rights, but those taking on the role of allyship who, being in a position to be trusted and depended on, make it abundantly clear that their need to be correct is worth more than continuing to develop a coalition with the very people whose voices they claim to elevate. Amy Siskind has communicated to the trans community that she is unwilling to listen; and, in fact, is willing to reproduce President Trump’s authoritarian tactics in the service of silencing her critics.

We urge you to insist on a public, sincere apology from Amy Siskind to Shakina Nayfack and the many others who have lent their emotional resources to resolve this matter. If you don’t, you risk positioning The New Agenda as a trans-excluding feminist movement that will be held to account for claiming to be “a voice for all women”, which would be a travesty to all those who trust your organization to amplify their voices.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

This petition will be delivered to:

Vice President, The New Agenda
Karen Gerringer

Secretary, The New Agenda
Lauren D. Myers

Board Member, The New Agenda
Heather Capell Bramble

Board Member, The New Agenda
Sadaf Jaffer

Treasurer, The New Agenda
Marla Isackson

VP Outreach, The New Agenda
Paul Kingsley”

https://www.change.org/p/karen-gerringer-demand-an-apology-from-amy-siskind-to-the-trans-community

[Petition authored by New York male composer Karl Michael Johnson.

Karl tweets at https://twitter.com/KarlSaintLucy

Bolding by me.-GM]

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In a surprising last minute move, the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (PTHC) quietly banned two scheduled panels addressing the needs of individuals who detransition, leaving organizers stunned and left with non-refundable travel expenses less than two weeks before the conference.

According to blogger ThirdWaveTrans, who underwent male to female sex reassignment before later growing to accept his biological reality, the PTHC banned the panels out of concern that presenters may be harboring sympathies towards feminism, specifically the feminist analysis which views gender itself as a culturally created system of behavioral codes designed to perpetuate male dominance (masculinity) and female subjugation (femininity).

ThirdWaveTrans writes:

“The first I found out that something was amiss was by reading a thread on Reddit’s r/asktg which was questioning whether the panels should be presented at the conference or not because they were presented by people that had “TERF-leaning” blogs. I am not a radical feminist, but they tend to place anyone who holds views they oppose in this category.

One of them claimed to receive the following reply from the conference:

“Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention! Our workshops are chosen by our community run planning committee. They did not know the toxic nature of this workshop. We have decided to cancel their workshop and they will not be allowed to submit workshops in the future. We here at Mazzoni and at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference extend our apologizes for letting this slip through. Thank you so much for keeping us accountable.”

We had not heard any news of this, so I asked my contact at the planning committee about it and she hadn’t heard anything either. Eventually it turned out this was not official, and the planning committee decided to vote on whether we should be included or not as they had received calls and emails complaining about our inclusion in the conference. The committee met and voted over the next few days.

A couple of hours ago I received word that the committee voted to cancel our workshops. We had worked very hard on this and much energy went into it. Additionally, some of us are out our travel costs as we were expecting these workshops to go on until just now, less than two weeks before the conference.”

A review of the writings and materials emanating from the banned detransitioner panel presenters shows that all of them support medical transition. None are radical feminists. None are religious conservatives.

Two forums were subject to the last minute detransitioner ban. The first addressed the experiences and health care needs of those who desist from pursuing a medicalized course of treatment for gender dysphoria, including those who no longer relate to the transgender paradigm. You can read the full description of the scheduled panel here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/workshop/detransition-panel-discussion

Archive:

http://archive.is/Gu0g3

The second forum which was banned presented non-medical options for dealing with gender dysphoria for those who cannot undergo hormone and surgical treatments due to health issues, for those who suffer from gender dysphoria but do not identify within the transgender paradigm, and for those who have undergone hormonal and surgical treatment but continue to suffer from dysphoria.

WPATH resources for detransitioners. Nada.

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in 38 years of existence, has never in a single instance offered any support or resource whatsoever for transgender individuals who suffer from gender dysphoria and cannot undergo medical transition due to health issues, nor for individuals who have undergone treatment but continue to suffer from dysphoria, nor for those who suffer gender dysphoria but who don’t disassociate with their biological sex. WPATH has never included any guidelines or support for individuals needing (or choosing) to bypass or halt the cross-sex hormone treatments that WPATH advocates for. The second detransitioner panel banned by the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference sought to address the needs of these individuals.

You can read the full description of that scheduled panel here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/workshop/alternate-ways-working-gender-dysphoria

Archive:

http://archive.is/UE3yM

You can read the reddit thread referenced above, where transgender activists present their arguments in support of no-platforming detransitioners, here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/asktransgender/comments/6vk9vs/this_year_there_are_two_detransition_workshops_at/

Archive:

http://archive.is/Fhm96

 

Read ThirdWaveTrans’s full post here:

No platformed!

 

Watch organizer Carey Callahan’s response video here:

 

Ironically, banning detransitioner participation may have set the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference afoul of the Philadelphia Public Accommodations Discrimination Charter which forbids public events and services from limiting the participation of individuals based on Gender Identity. It reads:

Philadelphia law protects an individual’s basic right to fair and equal treatment by public accommodations.

Public accommodations discrimination may happen when services are denied outright, such as when someone is refused admission to a public place.

Discrimination may also occur in other ways, such as when someone is offered less favorable service than others or when a physical barrier or other issue makes services inaccessible to someone who has a disability.

Examples of public accommodations include: 

  • Hotels, motels, inns and other places of lodging;
  • Restaurant, bars and other places where food and/or drinks are served;
  • Casinos, theaters and other places of entertainment;
  • Stores, banks, barber/beauty shops and retail establishments;
  • Colleges, universities and educational institutions;
  • Medical clinics, homeless shelters and other social service providers;
  • Parks, health clubs and other centers for recreation or fitness centers; and

           Museums and other places of public display.

http://www.phila.gov/HumanRelations/DiscriminationAndEnforcement/WhatIsDiscrimination/Pages/PublicAccommodationsDiscrimination.aspx

The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is a program of the non-profit (5013c designated) healthcare provider Mazzoni Center, formerly Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives (PCHA). The Mazzoni Center is funded in part by a grant from the Arcus Foundation. 

According to the PTHC website, Hahnemann Hospital is the largest sponsor of the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. Other sponsors are listed here:

https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-health/sponsors

God this is good. Mancheeze critiques some YouTube dickhead’s video about how much he hates women and how women should pretend otherwise. I watched his video last week and it was as boring and offensive as you’d expect, but I could listen to Mancheeze go on forever. I nearly busted a gut laughing my ass off. She killed it. Five stars! True feminist entertainment.