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

Brynner Rennecke / Riley Byerly

WARNING for all parents of transgender children, all transgender teens and tweens, and all parents of children who interact with adults on the internet.

Riley Byerly is a transwoman who authors the website ‘My Transgender Life: Sharing My Life One Moment At A Time’.

He also goes by the name Riley Lilian Grace Byerly. He is 27. His legal name is Brynner Phoenix Rennecke. He currently resides in Minot, North Dakota, but has also lived in Tucson, Arizona within the last year.

From his bog: Arizona resident

Before his arrest at the age of 15, this transwoman had raped or sexually assaulted at least five children. From ages 18 to 26 he was confined under civil commitment in the state hospital in Jamestown, North Dakota as a sexual offender at high risk to re-offend. He was released last year.

Released from Civil Commitment 2016

Upon his release, he immediately began pursuing more child victims. He keeps a Flickr account here where he posts stolen facebook photos of his desired victims : Young boys and boyish looking young transgender females (FTM). [WARNING: this is very disturbing].

Flickr account

https://www.flickr.com/people/153006447@N06/contacts

https://www.flickr.com/photos/153006447@N06/

Flickr account

He also comments on the blogs of parents raising “transgender children”:

https://raisingmyrainbow.com/2016/09/06/giveaway-my-son-wears-heels/#comment-45703

He has a YouTube account where he subscribes to and comments on videos featuring underage FTMs and parents of transgender children.

He became particularly obsessed with two potential victims, a teen girl who vlogs under the name ‘Chandler Wilson’ and a 15-year-old girl from Norway who vlogs on YouTube as a “transboy” under the name ‘Kovu is a unicorn’.

Targeted.

[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYkXsiSerUoIqayxAgrcowQ]

 

Ten months ago he initiated a private correspondence with the minor female target in Norway who blogs under the name ‘Kovu is a unicorn’. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xxST9l5agw]

Correspondence initiated.

 

On May 23, Rennecke/Byerly posted a GoFundMe seeking $8,000. titled ‘Going To Norway’:

Going to Norway!

[https://www.gofundme.com/going-to-norway]

[Archive: http://archive.is/VkchX ]

It reads:

“I need a place to live. I live in a city where it is very dangerous at night, especially for people like me. I need a place to live, a roof over my head. I am asking for your help to make this happen so I can live. Please help this is an emergancy that I can pay for a place to live.

Also this may not matter to most but I lost my blood family. I lost my siblings. My parents. My grandparents. My aunts and uncles and cousins and nieces and nephews. All due to me being transgender.

So basically I have had to start all over again in creating a support system. A new family. One that I can count on. I have had the blessing and honor of meeting others like me and to have them in my life and to be able to call them family. Both young and old.

But I can’t do it alone. Still without a job and no other way of income it would be hard to make this happen and I need a place to live.

I am asking a lot. And to be honest I never thought that I would do this. But i really need the help and I really need a place to live.

Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. And I will be forever grateful to those who take the time to spare the extra change they might have.

Thank you so much for your time.”

 

[sic]

 

On June 5, he uploaded a video to YouTube from a cited Tucson address where he claimed to have attempted suicide by overdosing on his transgender testosterone-inhibiting medication. It is unclear if he registered with Tucson as required as a lifetime high risk sex offender.

YouTube account cites Arizona address

 

27 year old child rapist interaction with 15 year old girl

On June 16, he uploaded nine “letters” to the female minor in Norway on his AminoApps account. They appear to be excerpts of this correspondence. http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/5960743/riley-lilian-grace-byerly

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7614211/help-support-kovu-kingsrods-transition

[Archive: http://archive.is/ajtVj ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7615606/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/2QBzJ ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7615700/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/97tbu ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7615766/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/FH2AE ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7616202/help-kovu-get-his-name-as-a-first-name-in-norway

[Archive: http://archive.is/Fpjwi ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7616262/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/lJd6K ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7616369/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/v9QdG ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7616413/my-reaction-to-kovus-youtube-video

[Archive: http://archive.is/8i6Lm ]

http://aminoapps.com/page/lgbt/7616501/follow-kovu

[Archive: http://archive.is/p2lW9 ]

 

He also runs a Tumblr blog ‘I am a Trans Little: Figuring My Trans Life Out’ where he ‘identifies’ as an ‘age regressed 4-6 year old’ and interacts with 13 year old female transgender (FTM) bloggers.

https://thegraceofpain.tumblr.com

His Tumblr account

[Archive: http://archive.is/VYPO0 ]

Known Instagram accounts are at @thegraceofpain and @sufferingexistence.

 

Last week Brynner Rennecke / Riley Byerly was arrested on the grounds of the child treatment facility ‘Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch’ where he had apparently been housed after his initial conviction. https://www.dakotaranch.org Although explicitly prohibited from contact with minors for his lifetime, he was only charged with a misdemeanor: Unlawful presence of a sex offender near schools. He remains at large.

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/transgender-sex-offender-charged-after-trying-to-visit-old-teachers/article_a93ce0e5-01a5-5725-b053-be2489b7fafb.html

Remains at large

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

Pink News CEO Benjamin Cohen [ITV News]

Benjamin Cohen, CEO of Pink News, announced on Twitter that he believes any transwomen who has visible facial hair – even those who are legally “female”- should be charged and prosecuted as sex offenders if they use female change rooms.

The surprise announcement took place in an exchange with NewStatesman editor Helen Lewis, in response to her op-ed in The Times titled “A Man Can’t Just Say He Has Turned Into A Woman”. Lewis wrote the piece addressing the feminist backlash against UK’s proposed “self identification” Gender Identity process, which would allow any man at the stroke of a pen to be legally regarded as “female” to access women’s change rooms, scholarships, hospital wards, sports competitions, abuse shelters, jail cells, etc.

You can read her piece here (paywall): https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/a-man-can-t-just-say-he-has-turned-into-a-woman-m5lltcgv7

Photo of Helen Lewis Op-ed 1

 

Photo of Helen Lewis Op-ed 2

Benjamin Cohen, a gay anti-feminist activist who has used his platform to lobby against the rights of lesbians to hold female-only events on the grounds that they discriminate against the sexual rights of heterosexual males, initiated the exchange after publishing the following article on his Pink News site:

 

Benjamin Cohen’s Pink News article

Cohen then tweeted at Helen Lewis from his @benjamincohen account, asking “Why do people like @helenlewis always turn trans rights into “someone with a beard exposing their penis in the women’s changing room?” He included a screen cap with the following quote from her article:

“What the government proposes is a radical rewriting of our understanding of identity: now it’s a question of an internal essence- a soul, if you will. Being a woman or a man is now entirely in your head. In this climate, who would challenge someone with a beard exposing their penis in a women’s changing room?

That’s why feminists have raised the alarm over the move to self-identification, along with some older trans people who fear that “trendsters” will erode the goodwill they have worked hard to aquire.”

Helen Lewis responded, “Hi Ben, as a man I don’t expect you to get how much women value single-sex spaces for safety reasons. But I would expect you to listen.”

The Twitter exchange

Benjamin Cohen responded in no uncertain terms: he believes transwomen with visible facial hair should be prosecuted as sex offenders. He stated: “Your example” [of a male with facial hair disrobing in women’s change rooms] would still be indecent exposure, so why link it to trans rights?”

Legally female transwomen like prominent trans rights activists Danielle Muscato and Alex Drummond stand to be prosecuted for indecent exposure under Pink News CEO Benjamin Cohen’s views.

Danielle Muscato, legally “female” male who identifies as a transwoman.

 

Alex Drummond, legally “female” male who identifies as a transwoman.

 

People hit back after Cohen’s statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Cohen responded to comments by disappearing from Twitter. The title of his Pink News article was also changed:

 

Pink News CEO Benjamin Cohen: Updated Title