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Sex and Gender

We need to talk about sex, not gender identity

The ferocious transgender dispute is framed by the language of gender identity. To reach any resolution, though, we need to understand what everyone has at stake and to question our own basic assumptions. The truth about what it means to be transgender is a window into human nature, sexual desire, and the limits of language.
 

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GRA Reform

Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill – Submission

My written submission to the Equalities, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on 15 May 2022.
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Sex and Gender

Has the transgender bathroom question finally been answered?

As Keir Starmer still struggles to tell us what he thinks the word ‘woman’ means, some much-needed common sense has been injected into the transgender debate. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published guidance for providers of single-sex and separate-sex services: in short, it says bathrooms and domestic abuse refuges can be single sex in certain circumstances. This is welcome news for women – and for transgender folk like me.

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Labour Party

Keir Starmer’s gender identity muddle

If you needed any sign that the Labour party is still deeply confused about gender identity and sex, look no further than the Labour leader Keir Starmer’s comments this week.

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Español

La Ley de Reconocimiento de Género de Escociano no ayudará a las personas trans

La factura de hoy* es tan mala como se temía
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GRA Reform

Scotland’s Gender Recognition Act won’t help trans people

Today’s* bill is as bad as feared
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GRA Reform

Sense in Parliament at Last on GRA Reform?

Last night’s* Westminster Hall debate on GRA reform ended the tactics of no debate on transgender rights. At times it was passionate; Miriam Cates was interrupted eight times in ten minutes as she argued the case for women, children, and science.

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GRA Reform

Women are right to worry about reform of the Gender Recognition Act

If anyone can change their legal sex – just because they want to – then what it means to be a woman becomes no more than a feeling in a man’s head. No wonder that a growing number of women are concerned about the Scottish Government’s proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act.

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GRA Reform

It might be called the Women and Equalities Committee, but the report seems to care little about the needs of women, gay and lesbian people, and – indeed – transsexuals like me.

The Women and Equalities Select Committee have just published another report into the Reform of the Gender Recognition Act. The inquiry was launched in October 2020, and written submissions were collected over a year ago. Oral evidence was heard in the early part of this year, but the committee waited until four days before Christmas – in the midst of another Covid storm – to share their findings.

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Children GRA Reform

Five Years Ago

Writing was never part of my life plan. I’ve joked that I chose my career in physics to avoid words. But, according to the stats, I’ve written 174,951 of them in 199 posts. To mark number 200, I’ve gone back to when this blog began: the summer of 2016.