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.
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:
And attempting to No-Platform by harassing the venue:
On September 12, the event venue, New Cross Community Library, no-platformed the discussion, citing safety concerns:
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:
On the date of the discussion, September 13, the group ‘Action For Trans Health London’ issued the following:
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?-
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:
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:
‘Action For Trans Health” Edinburgh issued a statement supporting the attack:
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.