ITV programme ‘Good Morning Britain’ featured Fair Play woman Dr Nicola Williams, who researched our article on transgender prisoners. During the 13-minute ‘Trans Prison Swap’ spot Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid talked with Nicola and India Willoughby about whether transgender prisoners should be allowed to choose if they serve their sentence in a male or female jail. (Video)
Full text of keynote talks: “Transgender Law Concerns Meeting: House of Commons, 31st October 2017. Chair: David Davies T C MP” with working, clickable source references. You can also download the original PDF here. For an easier read and our own contribution, see our other post “Proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act”.
I was honoured to attend the discussion in Westminster, as a representative of Fair Play For Women, around Maria Miller’s proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. This was the first time critical views had been heard! The room was packed with MPs, medical, legal and educational professionals. We heard from David Davies MP, Miranda Yardley, Stephanie Davies-Arai, James Caspian and others. I spoke about unfairness in sport. (Videos)
Each of us has our own character and talents. Our character, abilities and actions form our identity. In general, we find that some quirks – like a forceful attitude or delicate movements – come with one sex more than the other. But this is not a hard & fast rule: we all know people with ‘other gender’ qualities. And we each have some of those ourselves! It signifies nothing about being the wrong sex or gender. Every human’s both masculine and feminine – and unique.
The passing of a self-declaration law together with removal of Schedule 3 exceptions would see the current delicate balance of rights between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in the Equality Act overturned. Those confident that new legislation will not impact women’s rights should not fear discussion; the left must consider the impact of further changing how sex is defined.
Leading gender identity specialist, Dr James Barrett, warned Maria Miller and the Transgender Enquiry committee that male prisoners seeking reassignment are predominantly sex offenders. He wrote in particular of certain extreme prison inmates, whose motive for transition is to make sexual offending easier. Martin Ponting’s rape of two 15-year-olds was so gruesome that he received a life sentence. As “Jessica” he sexually assaulted female prisoners, yet still anticipates early release due to his new identity.
Nevertheless HE persisted: A forceful plea against the proposed obliteration of female existence by new self-identification laws. With hard data and even harder emotion, this is a must-read for the liberal feminist.
Women in prison are vulnerable, making up 25% of prisoner self-harm but only 5% of prison population. Most have an extensive history of abuse, suffer disabilities, and are in need of protection. Yet the proposed Gender Identity law reform will allow violent & abusive males to be housed in the female estate, as ‘women’, on demand. We must protest. #safenotsilent @UKMayDay
“Women only” That should be such a final and simple statement. It should mean: only females are allowed access here. It should mean: women, you are safe here. It should mean: no, men, you are not welcome. But the consultation on the Gender Identity Bill in the autumn proposes to