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:
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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.