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.

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.

Equality Monitoring: The List – More than 200 organisations – including companies, charities, public authorities and government departments – that have been challenged on the content of their recruitment equality monitoring forms with links to the relevant Twitter thread and with screenshots of the relevant sections of the forms.

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.

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.

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


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.

De-sexing the Medical Record? An Examination of Sex Versus Gender Identity in the General Medical Council’s Trans Healthcare Ethical Advice – Sara Dahlen, 03 Feb 2020

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

The Swedish U-Turn on Gender Transitioning for Children – Article on Sweden re-evaluating its medical practices around gender dysphoria, with various professional bodies undertaking further research into the steep rise in numbers of children and adolescents seeking gender transition.

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

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.

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.

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.

Legal and Policy

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. 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

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.

Family members of Transitioners

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.

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.

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.

Groups for specific campaigns

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

Keep Prisons Single Sex – A UK campaign to keep all males out of women’s prisons.

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 non-partisan group with a single-issue focus: to push for a complete repeal of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

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.


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

More groups and organisations listed at the Gender Dissidents website.

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