Following the huge media coverage of the males in women’s events in Tokyo Olympics (mainly Laurel Hubbard but there were others), we’ve crafted this brief email to go to elected representatives: Westminster MPs, Scottish MSPs, or those in the regional assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland. You may feel that your MP has no interest in these issues, or is fully on board with the trans lobby. Even if that is so, it is important for them to hear from people with a different view. They need to know that this issue is of concern to voters.
You can send this short letter as it is, or tailor it as you wish, perhaps adding links to content from our website, media stories or other campaign groups. Email addresses for MPs can be found on the Parliament website here.
I am writing to express my concern about how transgender inclusion policies are negatively impacting women and girls. The Equality Act permits single-sex spaces, services and sports where they are necessary for the safety, fairness and inclusion of females. But many organisations have adopted self-identification policies, allowing anyone who identifies as a woman or a girl to participate. The law does not require this but lobby groups like Stonewall and Gendered Intelligence have promoted the belief, now widespread, that the protected characteristic of Gender Reassignment in the Equality Act means treating trans-identifying males as if they are female for all purposes, including allowing full access to female-only spaces, services and sports. This has resulted in women in British prisons being assaulted by violent males, to young girls being flashed at by fully-intact males in changing rooms, and to women and girls self-excluding from their own sports teams because of the fear of injury by males claiming a female identity and playing with them or against them.
This is happening elsewhere, too. At the Tokyo Olympics, there were adult males, such as New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, competing as women. At 43, Hubbard was 20 years older than the rest of the field. That is the proof that male performance advantage is retained even if testosterone levels are reduced, and no matter how someone identifies.
It is important that MPs recognise that so-called trans rights issues (and demands) may be in conflict with the recognised needs, and sometimes the existing legal rights, of women and girls. My request to you is that you do not turn a blind eye to trans policy demands, as not your business, or wave them through as the progressive choice, but that you call attention to the need to consult women and our representative groups to ensure the needs of women and girls are properly considered in policy-making. This should include groups such as Fair Play For Women and Sex Matters, who are speaking up for females, and who take a balanced, evidence-based approach to policy development.
I would be happy to meet with you to discuss the issues.