The Labour Party in the UK is facing a legal challenge from women over the party’s refusal to recognize the legally protected class of “sex” which allows women to form single-sex initiatives and shortlists.

From the campaign:

“Comrades, we are a group of Labour women who want to ensure all-women shortlists stay reserved for females and that women’s representation in the party increases. We believe that the election of transwomen as women’s officers and their inclusion on all-women shortlists is reducing and undermining female representation in the Labour party.

We are absolutely committed to trans people, as a marginalised group, living free from discrimination and violence: we need trans representatives, trans councillors and trans MPs in our party. We are socialists and we are egalitarians. However, trans representation must not happen at the expense of female candidates and we are furious that we are having to fight another battle for women’s representation, just 100 years after the suffragette victories.

We have been advised that a legal challenge to the Labour party on this could be winnable. The party has recently allowed males to be elected as women’s officers and males to be selected over females in all-woman MP candidate selections. This has happened because Labour, in practice, has started to define ‘women’ by sex AND by self-identification. Self-id is not legally recognised (as defined by equality act exemptions) whereas sex IS but Labour, nevertheless, relies on these two antithetical definitions of ‘woman’ which is causing a conflict of interests which needs resolution.

As socialists we understand class analysis and we know the most meaningful way to classify women is by sex. Sex, along with poverty, age, disability and race, is one of the major oppressive hierarchies in the world today. Women’s biology has always been the basis for our oppression worldwide BY MEN. Feminism is defined as the movement to liberate all women from sex-based oppression.

Self-id also impacts on lesbians and gay men who, by definition, are not homogenderists but homosexuals. Lesbians and gays are currently afforded legal, sex-based  protections from discrimination and these are already being diluted by self-id. We believe gender is a manmade, toxic set of stereotypes, used to restrict men and women and we want to see it abolished, not codified into law. We support all gender non-conforming people: be they lesbian, gay or trans. Feminists have always been at vanguard of the fight for people to live their lives in a gender non-conforming way and will continue to do so – but never at the expense of women’s rights and representation.”

Read the rest AND DONATE here:

https://www.gofundme.com/fighting-for-female-representatives

 

Protesters against women’s rights to discuss the legal status of women.

A branch of Glasgow’s ANTIFA calling itself ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’ tried and failed to shut down a women’s discussion last night on proposed changes to Scotland’s Gender Recognition Act. The ‘Anti-Capitalist Queer’ group objects to women’s right to publicly discuss potential changes to the legal status of women and the elimination of sex-based protections, which the group believes are an impediment to male rights. They seek to eliminate “sex” as a protected category under law.

Flyer from the women’s event being protested:

Event Description (Yardley cancelled due to flu)

The targeted discussion was sponsored by the Feminist ‘We Need To Talk’ UK and Ireland Tour. Featured speakers were Heather Brunskell Evans, Kate Graham, Ruth Greenberg and Stuart Waiton. The event was held at the Grand Central Hotel.

 

The ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’ were formed by the individuals arrested at Glasgow’s Gay Pride this year as they protested against police protection for lesbian and gay marchers. They are largely heterosexual members of the “kink” and “queer” community who are concerned that women’s initiatives such as sex-segregated prisons, women’s scholarships, etc. discriminate unfairly against men.

Feminism Kills Male People!

The activists seek to reform the Gender Recognition Act, which was passed in an attempt to help transsexual people integrate into society, in order to allow anyone to change their legal sex at any time, merely by declaring a desire to do so. The protesters also maintain that women have no right to discuss or critique proposed changes to women’s legal status.

 

Emergency Demo Against Women Organizing

You can read an interesting autobiographical portrait of one of last night’s anti-women protesters (a heterosexual and gender-conforming ‘polyamorous queer’ female) here: https://fleabite.wordpress.com

Event Protester Alice

Statement from the ‘Anti-Capitalist Queers’:

STATEMENT FROM ACQUEE SCOTLAND ON THE EMERGENCY COUNTERDEMO

On the 10th January 2018, a large group of Trans Exclusionary Reactionary Feminists met in Glasgow at the Grand Hotel under the name of the ‘We Need To Talk’ tour. They met to discuss the Gender Recognition Act as well as other ‘issues’.

ACQuee Scotland organised against them, first by putting pressure on their first booked venue to the point of cancellation. A couple of us then infiltrated the meeting itself. One of our activists were violently pushed by one of the TERFs speaking on the panel and another had water thrown on her. We then joined the small but loud emergency and last minute publicised protest outside where we stayed for three hours chanting and leafleting. We had a lot of good chat with passers by who were mostly on our side and believed that trans bodily autonomy should be respected. Despite coming close to it, there were no arrests.

We did attempt to get the booking at Grand Central Hotel cancelled, however the managers remained complicit in their transphobia and took to hanging up the phone on people calling in.

We, the transfemme members of ACQuee, took this action alongside allies both from ACQuee and from other friendly groups, because we believe that it is neither possible nor desirable to compromise with those forces that would deny our existence as women. In taking such a stance, the “Gender Critical” or Trans Exclusionary Reactionary Feminists (TERFs) ally themselves with all the reactionary forces that would deny us rights and freedoms, and as such they must be opposed.

We do not intend to enter into civil discussion with any institution or person that proclaims our erasure, because to entertain such a discussion is to put our existence, and therefore our annihilation, up for debate. We have no kind words for the system of ideology and repression that aims daily to throttle us, only the defiant assertion that we are here, and that we too, are women. TERFs are servants of oppression, for they privilege a rigid and oppressive gender binary over the simple demands of transgender people for the dignity and compassion that we have been denied by the world. We have nothing to justify or apologise for in our determined opposition to TERFism.

We have a right to identify and exist as women. It is as simple as that.

[sic.]

A recent Wings poll declared that the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act is “The least wanted legislation that the Parliament will have ever seen“. All demographic groups polled- including members of the LGBT community- were against the changes.

https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-law-that-nobody-wants/

The ‘We Need To Talk’ Tour has held previous events in London, Brighton, and York.

The next public discussion scheduled on proposed changes to the legal status of women under the Gender Recognition Act is sponsored by Woman’s Place UK. Titled ‘A Woman’s Space is Speaking Out’, it will take place in Bristol on February 8, 2018.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-womans-place-is-speaking-out-tickets-41851431759

Mr. Madigan

The UK Labour Party ‘Women’s Officer’, nineteen year old male Liam “Lily” Madigan, explains how he’s no different than the women he claims to represent:

 

 

 

Dana Nessel 2018

December 2, 2017