Outside Northcliffe House right now. Trans Rights activists protesting against The Daily Mail. Derry Street closed off. pic.twitter.com/NOYuXaOXlM
— “A Very Angry White Girl”™ (@jnoahmorgan) October 19, 2018
London trans activists mounted a ferocious protest against major news outlets which culminated in them blocking the exits to Northcliffe House, before lighting smoke bombs at the doors. The building houses the offices of the Daily Mail, the Metro, and the Independent newspapers. Terrified employees tried to evacuate but were blocked from exiting the smoke filled building.
Trans activists were angry that reporters included coverage of feminist groups in news reports leading up to the closure of the Gender Recognition Act Public Consultation, which the government issued to gather perspectives on proposed changes to the 2004 Gender Recognition Act [GRA]. The GRA allows individuals who identify as transgender to retroactively change the sex on their birth certificate, which changes their legal sex. The legal fiction created by the GRA allows individuals to claim recognition as the opposite sex so that males, for example, can apply for women-only scholarships and shortlists designed to promote equality for those born female.
The GRA certification also modifies the relationship of the holder to protections under the 2010 Equality Act. The Equality Act prevents discrimination under two relevant characteristics for transgender people: “Gender Reassignment” and “Sex”. Therefore, a male who identifies as a transwoman is protected from discrimination both on the basis of undergoing (or intending to undergo) medical gender reassignment procedures and he is also protected from discrimination on the basis of his sex (male). Males who obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate under the GRA are protected from discrimination both on the basis of gender reassignment, and on the basis of his (legal fiction) sex (female). This legal fiction allows him to access all rights, privileges, and sex-segregated spaces intended for women only (for example, he would be recorded as female and placed in a women’s prison if arrested).
In order to obtain a Gender Recognition certificate under the 2004 GRA, an individual must provide letters from two medical doctors proving a diagnosis of “gender dysphoria”, and they must prove that they have lived two years “in role” as the other sex (usually proved by a gendered name change or other proof of embracing stereotypes of the other sex).
The government proposes, under pressure from transgender lobbying groups, to change the GRA to allow individuals to obtain certification as the other sex on the basis of their own declaration alone, with no objective requirement to undergo medical diagnosis, hormone treatment, or any change in social presentation/role. This is called ‘Sex Self-ID”. Any man could simply declare himself female for whatever reason, and the government would change his legal sex without question. Trans activists maintain that all men should have the “human right” to be legally recognized under legal fiction as female under any circumstances and for whatever reason they see fit, and that men’s rights to do so should take priority over women’s rights to protection based on their actual sex.
Women’s Groups have objected to these proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act on the grounds that they would remove certain women’s rights, namely these:
Removing the legal right of women to organize politically against sex-based oppression by males
Removing the legal right of women to assemble outside the presence of men
Removing the legal right of women to educational programs created for women outside the presence of men
Eliminating data collection of sex-based inequalities in areas where females are underrepresented
Elimination of sex-based crime statistics
Eliminating athletic programs and sports competition for women and girls
Removing the legal right of women to be free from the presence of men in areas of public accommodation where nudity occurs
Elimination of grants, scholarships, board and trustee designations, representative positions, and affirmative programs for women
Removing the legal right of women to create reproductive clinics, rape crisis services, support groups, or any organizations for females
Eliminating media and all public discourse specific to females
Removal of the right of journalists to report the sex, and history, of subjects
Eliminating the legal right of lesbians to congregate publicly
Elimination of lesbian-specific organizations and advocacy groups
Removing the legal right of women to free speech related to sex roles and gender
Elimination of the legal right of women to protection from state-enforced sex-roles (appearance/behavior/thought)
Elimination of the legal right of girls to protection from state-enforced sex-roles in public education
Elimination of the patient right of dependent females to hospital/facility bed assignments separate from males
Elimination of the right of dependent females to prefer female providers for their intimate personal care requirements
Elimination of the human right of female prisoners under state confinement to be housed separately from male prisoners
The consultation was scheduled to end yesterday, but HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 12 NOON MONDAY 22, 2018.
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Trans activists throw smoke bombs and picket entrance to the Metro's London headquarters pic.twitter.com/htX63UmZnY
— The Independent (@Independent) October 19, 2018