Gender Identity: Census and Data Collection

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

UK will divide over census sex question
The Times – 05/10/2021

Sex, gender identity, trans status – data collection and publication: guidance
Chief Statistician (Scotland) – 22/09/2021
Roger Halliday, the chief statistician in Scotland, has chosen to ignore the findings of a public consultation. Analysis of the consultation noted that “disaggregating data between men and women can show where there is continuing discrimination which needs to be tackled.”
But Halliday has drawn up guidance that fails to acknowledge the importance of collecting data on sex. He states that information about whether a respondent is male or female should only be recorded in “a small number of instances”, “on an individual basis for a very specific purpose” and “on a case-by-case basis”.
The rationale he gives is that “asking individuals to disclose their sex may raise privacy issues.” Halliday notes that “in some cases this would have the potential to reveal a trans history that otherwise a person may wish to keep private”.

Sex and the census: why surveys should not conflate sex and gender identity
Alice Sullivan – 19/05/2020

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Writing Letters

Samples and templates to help you write your own letters.

Templates available at Fair Play For Women for:

  • General concerns
  • Single sex sports
  • Women’s prisons
  • NHS and mixed sex wards
  • Single sex toilets and changing rooms
  • The erosion of the word WOMAN
  • Women’s free speech and freedom of expression
  • Planned GRA change to self-id in Scotland

Use this general letter to express your concerns to your MP or other elected representative
Fair Play For Women – 10/08/2021

Prisons – Write to your MP
Templates for Women in Prison and Single-Sex Provision and Women in Prison and Same Sex Searching by Keep Prisons Single Sex

Prisons – Write to your MSP
Template by Keep Prisons Single Sex for considering Women in Prison and Single-Sex Provision as part of the Scottish Prison Service Policy Review

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Women’s Rights and Gender Identity

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single sex wards
The Telegraph – 16/10/2021

The trans rights that trump all
Women’s rights were not considered in legislation that allows trans people to effectively decide their own gender
The Critic – April 2021
Julie Bindel, Melanie Newman

The Political Erasure of Sex
An overarching project which aims to document the process of policy capture in our public institutions, and how it is impacting the recognition and recording of biological sex in public policy, law, language, and data-collection.

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Gender Identity / Transgenderism

(Last Updated: 05 October 2021)

Access to care and frequency of detransition among a cohort discharged by a UK national adult gender identity clinic: retrospective case-note review
Cambridge University Press – 01 October 2021

FTM / TIF testosterone induced side effects and surgery complications
Ovarit – August 2021

Inauthentic Selves: The modern LGBTQ+ Movement Is Run By Philanthropic Astroturf And Based On Junk Science
06/08/2018

Sex changes are not effective, say researchers
The Guardian – 30/07/2004

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Women’s organisations call on MSPs to reject Scottish Government’s proposal to reform the Gender Recognition Act

September 2021

A joint statement by Scottish women’s organisations on women’s sex-based rights and the Scottish Government’s proposal to reform the Gender Recognition Act

Introduction

This statement has been issued by 14 Scottish grassroots feminist and women’s rights organisations in response to the Scottish Government’s announcement that it intends to reform the Gender Recognition Act (GRA)[1]. The First Minister offered an assurance that this new legislation will “not… remove any of the legal protections women currently have”. We welcome that commitment to women’s sex-based rights. However a central feature of the proposed Bill is the introduction of sex self-ID and we do not believe that this can be compatible with the retention of existing women’s rights and protections under the Equality Act 2010. We use the term sex self-id instead of gender self-id because the most significant aspect of obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC) is that it allows people to engage in the legal fiction that they have become a member of the opposite sex, despite the biological impossibility of such an action. This contributes to widespread confusion, which makes it increasingly difficult to name, define or identify women, or to protect our single-sex spaces. We therefore call on all MSPs to reject this Bill in its entirety.

We would like to take this opportunity to make clear what the Scottish Government would need to do to ensure this commitment to women[2] is kept.

We demand that women’s voices and experiences are heard and inform any legislative change.

To date the Scottish Government has predominantly engaged with a small selection of publicly funded trans-rights and women’s sector organisations, none of which consult with or claim to represent women’s views. Any legislative change must include meaningful engagement with a wide range of grassroots women’s rights organisations and take fully into account the needs of women.

Any changes to legislation must ensure that protections for women on the basis of our sex are strengthened, rather than weakened.

We oppose sex self-ID as it is detrimental to the overall interests and the sex-based rights of women. It would fundamentally transform our legal, political, social and cultural landscape with no objective assessment or analysis of the consequences for women and girls (or boys).

Removing any medical requirement from the process of obtaining a gender recognition certificate (GRC) would open up the process to abuse[3]. It would be at best naïve and at worst criminally negligent to deny that predatory men will take advantage of any opportunity to gain access to women and girls when they are at their most vulnerable.

Additionally, removing medical diagnosis would remove protections and essential support to individuals considering transition but for whom this may not be the right course of action to deal with the distress they are experiencing.

In recent years, the Scottish Government and many other public organisations, including Police Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service[4] and the NHS[5], have operated an informal process of sex self-identification, effectively turning single-sex spaces such as hospital wards, prisons, youth hostels and changing rooms, sports, awards and women-only shortlists into mixed-sex provision. These decisions were undertaken with little or no consideration for the effect on women, especially in prisons. The Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments in these cases are usually not fit for purpose.

Increasing amounts of official data, which ought to record the protected characteristic of sex, are now being collected on the basis of someone’s self-declared gender identity (for example, Police Scotland recording male rapists and sex offenders as ‘female’[6]). This seriously compromises the integrity of the data and makes it even more difficult to develop policies to overcome the disadvantage, oppression and discrimination faced by women.

This self-ID by stealth ignores and undermines the protections offered to women by the Equality Act, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, CEDAW and elsewhere.

We believe everyone should be able to live their lives in safety, free from discrimination or harassment. However, we oppose the introduction of any measures increasing the rights of males who identify as women or other genders to access women’s spaces, services and occupational roles on the basis of such professed identity as this is incompatible with the sex-based rights of women.

The Scottish Government must maintain single-sex spaces for the dignity, privacy, physical, emotional and psychological safety of women and girls.

There has long been a widespread recognition of the need for women-only spaces and facilities. Excluding the entire sex class of males from such provisions for women has, until recently, been entirely uncontroversial, despite the fact that not all males are predatory, violent or present a danger to women. It is a proportionate way to protect women and girls from the minority of males who do present a threat. Furthermore, the exclusion of all males as part of helping traumatised women is a proven feminist approach within the MVAWG (Male Violence Against Women and Girls) sector.

Some males who say they are not men now wish to be given an exemption from this general exclusion. Yet male patterns of offending behaviour do not vary according to gender identity[7] and trans-identified males also retain male physical and social advantages. We believe this is neither fair nor safe for women, and therefore there is no case for allowing them privileged access to women’s spaces and facilities.

The Scottish Government must therefore:

  • ensure single-sex spaces, facilities and other provisions are fully protected;
  • strengthen the rights of women to create and access them through clear guidance;
  • ensure in-depth and thorough Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments are carried out, especially in sectors and services where sex self-ID has been introduced by stealth ahead of legislation, so that public bodies in Scotland are not potentially in breach of their Public Sector Equality Duty.

The Scottish Government must guarantee that the human rights of women, including those to freedom of speech and assembly, are not adversely affected by legislative change.

We believe all people should be free to define themselves in whatever way they choose. But we reject the demeaning implication, outlined for example in the Gender Representation of Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018, that being a woman can be reduced to a series of pronouns, the name on a utility bill, a haircut or a dress.

Whatever label an individual chooses, the law must acknowledge that men cannot literally become women and women cannot literally become men. Women should not be compelled to act as though this is so, whether in our personal, professional, social or sexual lives.

Conclusion

We call on the Scottish Government to drop its plans to introduce sex self-ID and ask all MSPs to vote against such a Bill as it would have a hugely detrimental impact on women’s rights to safe single-sex spaces and freedom of speech.

[1] https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,gender-reform-bill-to-progress-after-review-of-consultation-is-2

[2] For the avoidance of doubt, in this document the word ‘women’ always refers to females unless the context makes clear otherwise.

[3] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/letting-criminals-self-identify-gender-putting-women-at-risk-8560wzkqt

[4] https://forwomen.scot/03/08/2021/the-status-of-women-in-scotland-prisons/

[5] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/nhs-greater-glasgow-and-clyde-withdraws-trans-advice-for-female-only-wards-5xmgxndd6

[6] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rape-suspects-can-choose-to-self-identify-as-female-vfl678tg6

[7] https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/18973/pdf/


Last Updated: 15 October 2021
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Signatories

Frontline Feminists ScotlandWomen Speak Scotland
Sole SistersWomen Matter
Keep Prisons Single SexLiberal Voice for Women
Yes Women’s PledgeLabour Women’s Declaration
Conservatives For WomenIndependence for Scotland Party (ISP)
Brodie’s TrustAudacious Women Festival
National Network of Scottish FeministsWomen’s Human Rights Campaign (Scotland)

Aberdeen (City and Shire) FeministsArgyll Feminists
Ayrshire FeministsBorders Feminists
Clackmannanshire FeministsDundee Feminists
Dumbarton and Helensburgh FeministsDumfries and Galloway Feminists
Edinburgh and Lothians FeministsFalkirk Feminists
Fife FeministsGlasgow Feminists
Highlands and Islands FeministsLanarkshire North Feminists
Lanarkshire South FeministsMoray Feminists
Perth FeministsRenfrewshire Feminists
Stirling Feminists

Supporters

GC Men Scotland

Individuals

Lisa RandallJillian Nicol
Victoria RichardsMiriam Berlow-Jackson
Marjory SmithFiona Martin
Nina GriffithRosemary Griffin
Fiona MacdonaldGordon Dangerfield
(Scottish Solicitor Advocate)
Angela JukesLiz Panton
Stefanie MosesEileen Gilpin
Pauline CurwenLiz Elkind
Donald DickieLinda Hamilton
Tracey HynanJoanna Young
Mary MacCallum SullivanEurig Scandrett
Margaret Lynn HamiltonMaureen Beaton
Claire GowerDeborah Dudley
Jeannie MackenzieCarrie Jarvis
Ian MillerMairi MacIver
Margaret Paris

In the MEdia

North Edinburgh News

Comments

“I fully support this statement and commend all the organisations for working closely to send this strong statement. I hope Scottish Government takes note.”

“I wholeheartedly support these women’s organisations in asking the Scottish Government to look again at the SelfID proposed under a review of the GRA. 51% of the electorate in Scotland are women – adult human females and I absolutely object to the definition of my sex category to behind redefined to include men who insist on being called women, even though there is no biological evidence to prove this . Dressing up as a woman will never make them women but they want access to women and girls spaces, Women/females absolutely object to this. If you were so certain that the women of Scotland will agree to this then why don’t you do a consultation with adult female women who live in Scotland, not organisations and individuals with vested interests. Women are not giving up on this and your party will be very foolish to pursue a policy that WILL put women at risk.”

“I will be proud to sign this declaration calling on our elected representatives to scrap the GRA review. I believe the introduction of ‘self-id’ is dangerous in many respects. I expressed this in my response to the consultation exercise on the GRA reform.
It does nothing to help people with gender dysphoria who need specialist mental health care and not immediate affirmation. Autogynephilia among men is a condition that needs to be more widely recognised and treated. The fact that the cult of trans ideology seeks to stymie any discussion should be enough of a red flag to our government to halt the Bill and take much more time to explore the potential consequences. There are plenty of cases in Canada and America to be examined. Cases of men self-identifying their way into women’s prisons and shelters where they go on to assault and rape female inmates.”

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Women’s rights: Healthcare & Hospitals

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

NHS hospitals will be given guidance on preserving single sex wards
The Telegraph – 16/10/2021

NHS ‘gaslighting’ patients over trans women on female-only wards, nurse claims
The Telegraph – 05/10/2021

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) launched its new strategy and said they would continue to use the word “woman” over people in order to campaign effectively for reproductive rights.
BPAS Strategic Plan (Page 8) – September 2021

Nurses request that health and nursing organisations withdraw from Stonewall’s Diversity Championship Scheme
La Scapigliata – 28/08/21

Patient safety fears as NHS allows trans sex offenders in female-only wards
The Telegraph – 02/08/2021

Report on NHS and Police Accommodation for the Provision of Female-Only Services
England and Wales only
Standing For Women – 07/06/2021

Availability and Clarity of Information on Patient Single-Sex Accommodation provided by the NHS
WHRC Research Paper – April 2021
WHRC UK has published its first piece of research into the provision of single-sex accommodation and same-sex medical practitioners in NHS trusts in England and Wales.

De-sexing the Medical Record? An Examination of Sex Versus Gender Identity in the General Medical Council’s Trans Healthcare Ethical Advice
The New Bioethics (Sara Dahlen) – 03/02/2020

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Gender Identity: Children

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

Top Trans Doctors Blow the Whistle on ‘Sloppy’ Care
Common Sense with Bari Weiss – 04/10/2021

Children’s Commissioner calls for more research on gender reforms
The Scotsman – 24/09/2021

France starts to say “non!” to gender ideology
L’Express – 20/09/2021

Allowing 16-year-olds to change gender risks ‘opening floodgates’ to irreversible surgeries, SNP told
New figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show there have been at least 51 cases in which trans males, born as females, under 18 have been approved for double mastectomies in Scotland over a six year period to April last year.
The Telegraph – 19/09/2021

‘School rushed to help our boy become a girl’
The Sunday Times – 22/08/2021

Online Transgender Clinic Doctor Appears Before Tribunal Over Patient Care
Medscape – 27/07/2021

Tavistock gender clinic ‘converting’ gay children
The Sunday Times – 20/06/2021

Sweden’s Karolinska Ends All Use of Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones for Minors Outside of Clinical Studies
SEGM – 05/05/2021

Tavistock trust whistleblower David Bell: ‘I believed I was doing the right thing’
The Observer – 02/05/2021

Is ‘affirmation’ gay conversion therapy for children and young people?
Transgender Trend – 01/04/2021

‘Children have been very seriously damaged’ by NHS gender clinic, says former Tavistock staff governor
Channel 4 News – 23/01/2021

Children’s gender identity clinic concerns go back 15 years
BBC – 01/10/2020

Research indicates the brain does not fully mature until at least the age of 25
Scottish Sentencing Council / University of Edinburgh – 21/02/2020

Ethical issues arising in the provision of medical interventions for gender diverse children and adolescents
Dr. Bernadette Wren – 14/06/2019

When Sons Become Daughters: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering
Quillette – 02/04/2021
When Sons Become Daughters, Part II: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering
Quillette – 06/04/2021
When Sons Become Daughters, Part III: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering
Quillette – 12/04/2021
When Sons Become Daughters, Part IV: Parents of Transitioning Boys Speak Out on Their Own Suffering
Quillette – 21/04/2021
When Sons Become Daughters, Part V: The Links Between Trans Identity, Gifted Minds, Categorical Thinking—And Anime
Quillette – 11/05/2021
When Sons Become Daughters, Part VI: Asexuality, Intelligence, and the Trans Co-Option of Intersex Discourse
Quillette – 07/06/2021

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Gender Identity: Democracy, Lobbying, Corruption

(Last Updated: 17 October 2021)

LGBT activists get word ‘mother’ axed from government policies
The Times – 15/10/2021

Stonewall’s influence on BBC and Ofcom revealed
BBC – 14/10/2021

Nolan Investigates: Stonewall
BBC – 13/10/2021

Civil servants to be asked to include pronouns in email sign-offs
The Telegraph – 26/07/2021

Majority of Scottish Government civil servants say they’ll never add pronouns to their email signatures
Holyrood (original source of news) – 14/07/2021

Stonewall equality list ‘bullies bosses and silences dissent’
The Times – 26/06/2021

Avon and Somerset police paid Stonewall thousands learning to be LGBT ally
The Times – 26/06/2021

Stonewall advises organisations to use ‘parent who has given birth’ to help boost ranking
The Telegraph – 03/06/2021

Dentons campaigns for kids to switch gender without parental approval
Roll On Friday – 29/11/2019

“Only adults? Good practices in legal gender recognition for youth”
IGLYO, Dentons, Reuters – November 2019

The Political Erasure of Sex
An overarching project which aims to document the process of policy capture in our public institutions, and how it is impacting the recognition and recording of biological sex in public policy, law, language, and data-collection.

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Prostitution, Exploitation, Trafficking

(Last Updated: 27 July 2021)

What is the Nordic Model?

CEDAW General recommendation No. 38 (2020) on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration.

Paper by Debra K. Boyer – Prostitution during the Pandemic: Findings show need for Nordic model.

In defence of the Nordic Model – David Munck (04/04/2021)

Help for women involved in prostitution
An extra £90,000 is being invested by the Scottish Government to support women involved in prostitution. The money will help fund vital services run by Victim Support Scotland, the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre and the Encompass Network.

New project to offer legal and advocacy support for women who sell or exchange sex affected by abuse or violence
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) has announced today the launch of ‘RISE @ SWRC’, a short pilot project which offers judgement-free legal and advocacy support for women who sell or exchange sex in Scotland who have been impacted by any form of abuse or violence.

Equally safe – challenging men’s demand for prostitution: consultation analysis
Analysis of responses to a public consultation seeking views on how best to challenge men’s demand for prostitution in Scotland, reducing the harms associated with prostitution and supporting women involved to exit.

Female Asylum Seekers in the UK at Risk of Exploitation, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

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