Please note this article discusses violent transphobia

Unknown Woman, 19th of February 2020, Sheffield, UK

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Attempted murder, victim survived, attacker jailed for 5 years [source]

Unknown Woman, 8th of April 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia


Addressing a common “Gender Critical” argument

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It is worth noting that Gender Critical people always write “transwomen” rather than trans women to try and communicate their belief that trans women are not women

This isn’t just a tongue twister, this is a serious and surprisingly not that rare “Gender Critical” (GC) argument against the assertion that trans women are women. The argument goes: if you are asserting that trans women are a type of women, then you must also be making the assertion that women are all trans women. The implication then being that this second assertion is trivially false, therefore the first assertion must be false too. Yes, you read that correctly.

This is a very fundamental misunderstanding of logic, specifically set theory. It can be quite easy to understand why this argument is so ridiculous by using the same argument in a different…


Some thoughts on engaging with misogynists, homophobes and transphobes

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I spend a lot of time (too much) arguing with people on the internet, mainly in favour of feminism, LGBT rights and atheism. I want to discuss a specific type of argument that I come up against a lot, one that I personally first encountered when I was arguing for equal marriage in Australia in 2016. I was arguing that homophobia is bad, and that the law at the time was homophobic because it prevented specifically gay people from having the same rights as everyone else. Pretty straight forward. The person I was arguing with said “but gay people already have the same rights as everyone else, so the law cannot be homophobic”. So, being stupid enough to always give people way too much plausible deniability for just being ignorant, I asked how gay people can possibly have the same rights as straight people if they can’t get married, and they seriously replied “but they can get married, a gay man can get married to a lesbian woman”. What. …


A list of the rights that trans people are missing in order to be equal to cis people around the world.

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This is a live document and is not exhaustive. If you know of a right missing in your country, or you have an article to back up one mentioned (even if it already has a source), please comment below or contact me on Twitter.

(Please note: So far I have only done Europe, Central Asia, the USA, and some of Africa. …


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On Sunday the 28th of June celebrity and activist Jameela Jamil deleted all of her tweets from before 2020. Shortly after, on Wednesday the 22nd of July, comedian Josie Long deleted all of her tweets completely. I know what you’re thinking. This, of course, can only mean one thing: that they are trying to hide that they ever supported Mermaids, a UK charity that supports trans children. More importantly this is finally the beginning of the end for Mermaids and the concept of trans children in general, soon every celebrity and organisation will disavow them! …


Addressing the claim that you can always tell who is trans or not, with evidence.

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Six cis women and one trans woman

A common argument encountered online when discussing trans rights is “we can always tell”, by this they mean people can always tell if someone is trans or not, and that the idea that trans people ever “pass” is a myth. If you asked any trans person if they thought people could always tell they’d probably just laugh. It’s such a common assertion that it has its own hashtag: #WeCanAlwaysTell where trans people and allies laugh at such claims. If you talked to some Gender Critical or anti-trans campaigners though they might laugh at the idea any trans people ever pass at all. …


Please consider supporting some of these charities. Click on their names to visit their websites. Volunteering, donating or even just sharing can make a big difference!

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Stonewall is the largest LGBT rights organisation in Europe and was formed in 1989 by political activists and others lobbying against Section 28. Its founders include Sir Ian McKellen, Lisa Power MBE and Lord Cashman CBE.

Mermaids is a British charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender variant and transgender youth. Mermaids was founded in 1995 by a group of parents of gender nonconforming children.

Gendered Intelligence is a trans-led charity working across the UK, established in 2008. They work with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; they particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8–25. …


The public needs a respectful debate about whether cis people should be allowed the same freedoms and privileges as normal people. Although this topic can be divisive it is essential that we are able to hear from all sides on this issue, and that no one is silenced by (sometimes violent) cis rights activists.

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What do all these men and women have in common? Two things: they are all serial killers, and they are all cis.

Cis people have been in the news a lot recently. …


The proposed reform to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 has been the catalyst for a lot of the push back against trans rights in the UK in the last few years. Here I explain what it is, what it isn’t, and why there has been such a reaction.

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In 2018 the UK government released a proposal to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) and had a public consultation about the proposed changes. Despite significant negative media attention, over 70% of the responses to the consultation, including from the vast majority of women’s groups, were in support of the reform. A further recent YouGov poll showed that the majority of the British public (especially women) support the reforms, but recently The Times leaked that the government was considering dropping the reform anyway due to “concerns”. But what is the GRA? …


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A collage of trans people murdered for being trans. They all had hopes and dreams

Recently JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, tweeted some transphobic statements and dogwhistles on Twitter that I have addressed here. After a few days silence she wrote a lengthy post trying to justify her position on her website. This is the final part of my series addressing the claims in her piece. You can see the full thing here.

Fear

Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists; I know this because so many have got in touch with me to tell their stories. …

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Katy Montgomerie

Katy is a feminist, LGBT rights advocate, atheist, metalhead, insect enthusiast and trans woman

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