If you are new to the discussions and debates around gender identity ideology, there are so many terms and phrases used that it can be confusing trying to get your head around it all. Fortunately, we have summarised the important ones in a handy glossary for you!

Further information ON OTHER SITES

Did you know… – An excellent summary of facts and stats from For Women Scotland.

Single sex spaces are a question of consent – Maya Forstater outlines a clear and concise explanation of the principle behind the provision of single-sex spaces.

Gender Arguments – If you decide to talk about gender online, you’re going to run into a lot of bad arguments – so here are some responses.

Sex and Gender – A Beginner’s Guide – Overview of contemporary debates in sex and gender by political philosopher and feminist Rebecca Reilly-Cooper.

The Gender Critical Introduction – Covers the basics and provides answers to the usual points raised during arguments.

Dysphoric – Fleeing womanhood like a house on fire – A four-part documentary series by Vaishnavi Sundar. Please support her work if you can.

Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast – Two therapists explore the expanding concept of “gender” from a psychological depth perspective.

Does the law say that trans women are women? – Naomi Cunningham from Legal Feminist answers the question.

Legally this is not a “trans rights issue” it’s a “sex rights issue”. A blog about boxes – Audrey Ludwig from Legal Feminist explains that the discussion on reform of the GRA isn’t about protection from discrimination – it’s about who comes within the classes of ‘men’ and ‘women in the Equality Act 2010.

These Are Not Our Crimes – A YouTube video presents over 70 male criminals from the UK who insist that they are women. They are not women, but their crimes are reported in the media as crimes committed by women. In Court they are referred to as ‘she’ and ‘her’. Female names are used. Some of these men have had their crimes officially recorded as having been committed by a woman. Some have been sent to a women’s prison, to serve their sentences amongst female prisoners, who are given no choice in this.

An Open Letter to the Guy on Twitter Who Wonders if Biological Sex is Real – by Jonah Mix

Trans Women and Motorbikes – A short YouTube video that explains why the use of words and definitions are important.

Are gender critical or radical feminists in the UK linked to US right-wing or religious groups? – Maya Forstater debunks claims by Open Democracy and GATE.


Boys vs Women – Stats on Male High School Athletes vs Female Olympians

Stats for Gender – A single, easy-to-use portal for statistics and facts about gender.

The Open University Gender Critical Research Network – This research network brings together a range of academics and scholars, all of which share a common interest in exploring how sexed bodies come to matter in their respective research fields and a common commitment to ensuring that a space within academia is kept open for those explorations.

Women’s Studies Online – A platform based in Canada for decolonizing feminist research, education, action, and community building. WMSTonline is informed and inspired by the radical feminist politics that initially guided the creation of Women’s Studies programs in universities across Canada and elsewhere.

Other groups & organisations

Women’s Rights (General)

For Women Scotland – A group of ordinary women from all over Scotland who have come together to protect and strengthen women’s and children’s rights. FWS campaign on a positive, pro-women basis and call for evidence based discussion and legislation.

Women and Girls in Scotland – Working-class & survivor led feminist group, campaigning for the human rights & equality protections of women & girls to be upheld.

Frontline Feminists Scotland – A feminist collective aiming to amplify the voices of women in Scotland, to defend and protect women’s hard-won rights.

Scottish Women – Independent Research on Women’s Sex Based Rights.

Women’s Place UK – A group of people from a range of backgrounds including trade unions, women’s organisations, academia and the NHS – united by their belief that women’s hard won rights must be defended.

Fair Play for Women – A campaigning and consultancy group which raises awareness, provides evidence and analysis, and works to protect the rights of women and girls in the UK.

Standing For Women – Campaign group behind the (in)famous dictionary definition of woman.

XX Network – A youth led feminist network from a diverse range of backgrounds. They believe freedom of assembly, association, opinion and expression are fundamental principles of women’s liberation.

Women’s Human Rights Campaign – A group of volunteer women from across the globe dedicated to protecting women’s sex-based rights. WHRC volunteers include academics, writers, organizers, activists, and health practitioners, and aim to represent the total breadth of the human female experience.

Labour Women’s Declaration – A movement started in autumn 2019 to raise the profile of women’s sex-based rights within the Labour Party and wider socialist movement. Sign their declaration here.

SNP Women’s Pledge – A grassroots organisation motivated by women’s rights while advocating for Scottish independence. Founded in 2019 by a group of party members who wish to uphold the legal rights of women to privacy, dignity, fairness and safety as currently defined in the Equality Act 2010.

Conservatives for Women – A grassroots campaign group within the Conservative Party and Westminster to raise awareness of the issues which threaten the safety and dignity of women. They work with friends and supporters in the Lords and the Commons. They are interested to hear from more women in Scotland.

Liberal Voice for Women – Protecting and advancing the rights and interests of women and girls from within the Liberal Democrats.

WEP Women’s Sex-Based Rights Caucus – A collective of Women’s Equality Party Members who are concerned by the roll back of women’s sex-based rights.

Merched Cymru – A grassroots group of ordinary women from across Wales who want to protect the sex-based rights of women and girls.

The War on Women – A site to keep you informed of the attempts to invade, lie, appropriate, destroy and erase the female sex class, and more importantly, what we can do to fight back. – Writing By and For Fearless Women. 4W exists to give a platform to today’s feminists who are stepping outside of the liberal mainstream. We are fourth-wave, for women.

MBM Policy Analysis – An independent policy analysis collective, made up of Dr Kath Murray, Lucy Hunter Blackburn and Lisa Mackenzie. They have extensive experience in policy-making, research and communications.

Legal Feminist – A collective of practising lawyers – solicitors and barristers – who are interested in feminist analysis of law, and legal analysis of feminism. They have a wide range of specialist areas and hope to provide an accessible and informative commentary.

Sex Matters – UK based not-for-profit organisation that campaigns, advocates and produces resources to promote clarity about sex in public policy, law and culture. They have a singular mission: to reestablish that sex matters in rules, laws, policies, language and culture. Sign their letter calling for a public enquiry into “Stonewall Law”.

Sex. Not Gender. – Website that provides information necessary to challenge your own or another organisation if they have conflated the terms sex and gender, whether inadvertently or otherwise.

Schools / Children / Young people

Identity Crisis – A new weekly column and podcast for young people struggling with the modern orthodoxy of gender identity ideology.

Safe Schools Alliance UK – A group of concerned parents, grandparents, teachers, governors, health professionals, education professionals, and carers from more than 30 local education authority areas in the UK. The SSA campaign is focused on working with schools and educators to ensure that school policies meet the safeguarding needs of all students whilst taking into account the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010. They endeavour to provide clarity on the law and offer unbiased, evidence-based guidance and support where conflict between protected characteristics arises.

Transgender Trend – An organisation of parents, professionals and academics based in the UK who are concerned about the current trend to diagnose children as transgender, including the unprecedented number of teenage girls suddenly self-identifying as ‘trans’ (Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria or ROGD). They are also concerned about legislation which places transgender rights above the right to safety for girls and young women in public toilets and changing rooms along with fairness for girls in sport.

Our Duty – A group of parents and their supporters who know that the medical pathway for young people with gender dysphoria is harmful. They support one another and work to improve the provision of beneficial healthcare for their families. They have a list of further resources on Facebook.

Bayswater Support – A group of parents in the UK and Ireland who have been brought together by their experiences of parenting children with gender dysphoria or who have declared a transgender identity.

Thoughtful Therapists – A group of counsellors, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists from across the UK and Ireland who work directly with LGBT+ adults, children, parents and young people, in the field of gender and sexuality.

Genspect – An international alliance of parent and professional groups whose aim is to advocate for parents of gender-questioning children and young people. Genspect want a wider range of treatment options and more evidence-based approaches.

Society for Evidence-Based Gender Medicine – Promoting safe, compassionate, ethical and evidence-informed healthcare for children, adolescents, and young adults with gender dysphoria.

Evidence-Based Social Work Alliance (EBSWA) – A coalition of qualified practitioners, academics and social work students, who have come together in response to individual concerns regarding the uncritical use of gender identity theory in social work and other professions. As a group they believe social workers have a responsibility in law, underpinned by professional ethics and values, to promote and uphold the safeguarding of children.

Support for Family Members

Trans Widows Voices – Amplifying the voices of women who have split or want to split from transitioning partners.

Children of Transitioners – A resource for anyone with a transgender parent.

Gender Dysphoria Support Network – An international group that aims to offer support to families of individuals affected by gender dysphoria. This support network recognises the difficulties presenting the person with gender dysphoria and also recognises that friends and families can be in need of emotional understanding and support.

Detransitioners and Desisters

Post Trans – Collection of detransition stories of female detransitioners and desisters. Their goal is to provide a space for female detransitioners to share their experiences as well as giving an alternative narrative to the common discussions on transidentity.

The Detransition Advocacy Network – A charitable, nonprofit, global effort to improve the well-being of detransitioned people everywhere.

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual advocacy

Lesbian Rights Alliance – Consists of many individual lesbians, lesbian groups and lesbian networks across England and Wales to defend lesbian rights.

Lesbian Labour – A channel for the voices of lesbians in the Labour Party.

Positively Lesbian – A website that provides specific information, advice and support for lesbians in their mid teens (16+) and early twenties.

LGB Alliance – A group of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals who have spent most of their lives campaigning for equality for people with same-sex sexual orientation. In their view, the current gender ideologies are pseudo-scientific and present a threat to the hard-won victories for people whose sexual orientation is towards the same sex, or to both sexes.

Lesbian and Gay News – An alternative source of news and opinion. They aim to reflect the lives, politics and culture of same sex attraction and to report today’s major debates around sex and gender in a temperate, informed and respectful way.

Groups for specific campaigns

Women Voting With Our Feet – A group of women of all ages and background from across Scotland who want to demonstrate to Scotland’s political parties that they will walk away from political parties that refuse publicly to support the existing rights of women and girls.

Save Women’s Sports – A coalition that seeks to preserve biology-based eligibility standards for participation in female sports.

Keep Prisons Single Sex – Established in 2020 to campaign for the sex-based rights of women in prison to single-sex accommodation and same-sex searching. They also campaign for data on offending to be recorded by sex throughout the criminal justice system.

Object! – A radical feminist campaigning group against the sexual objectification of women and the oppression of women as a sex class.

Nordic Model Now! – A secular, feminist, grassroots women’s group based in the UK that is campaigning for the abolition of prostitution and related practices (such as lap-dancing, pornography and surrogacy).

Stop Surrogacy Now UK – A group of women who are concerned at the proposals the UK Law Commission put forward in its 2019 consultation to reform UK law.

Gender Recognition Act Reform/Repeal Group (GRARG) Manifesto – Working group to discuss openly and publicly reform to the GRA; to take positive action to support reform or repeal of the GRA. All are welcome, provided they are courteous and do not talk over others.

Repeal the GRA – A group of ordinary women who feel strongly that the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (‘the GRA’) is not fit for purpose and should be repealed because it is incompatible with safeguarding and the rights of women and children.

Project Nettie – Scientists supporting biological sex – A regularly updated record of scientists, medics and those in related disciplines who, by signing their support for the Project Nettie statement, assert the material reality of biological sex and reject attempts to reframe it as a malleable social construct.

Personal Stories and Experiences

The Gender Dissidents – In the summer of 2020, Maya Forstater carried out a survey of people who were concerned about the replacement of sex by “gender identity”. This website shows the results as well as many of the stories shared by the respondents.

GC Academia Network – A website by a group of academics who are concerned about the ‘no debate’ culture in academia that is preventing open and critical engagement with theories of sex and gender. They would like to hear stories from gender critical university staff (academic and professional services) and students.

No Conflict, They Said – Australian based website that encourages women from all over the world to tell them how your use of women-only spaces has been impacted by men using women-only spaces. All stories will be published anonymously.

#LesbianMeToo – Exposing Male Violence Against Lesbians: This website aims to collect direct lesbian experiences of male sexual violence and harassment against lesbians. This includes sexual violence and harassment by males who identify or call themselves lesbians or women (transwomen).

Shops / Merchandise

wild womyn workshop – Uncompromising Radical Feminist Merch for Fearless Amazons.

Standing for Women – Home of the iconic Adult Human Female signs, stickers and t-shirts.

The Famous Artist Birdy Rose – Some great prints and paintings.

Jess De Wahls – Embroidery, jewellery, prints, postcards, stickers.

XXRebellion – Stickers, postcards and more.

Forth Bay Crafts – Women Won’t Wheesht merchandise.

Scarf Monkey – T-shirts and hoodies for girls and women in designs that aren’t the usual ‘girly’ types.

EGGENLAND – Art prints, posters, t-shirts, mugs, notebooks and more from Eggen, an illustrator, writer and photographer in Prague.

Network with other women

Mumsnet Feminist Chat – A place for women from all over the UK and around the world to discuss issues that affect women and children.

Spinster – A women-first social network. Feminist, federated, and free.

Ovarit – A platform for women-centered communities featuring conversations on politics, news, media, life, activism, and gender-critical and radical feminism. You will need an invite code for registration.

Giggle – Female-only social media and networking app.

Club Monocle – A subscription-based members only app for lesbians.

The L Chat – Lesbian only chat board.

More groups and organisations listed at the Gender Dissidents website.

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