Still in holiday mode so not much to report this week.
Interesting article in the Independent whereby, in newspeak, Maria Miller, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committe, does ‘a reverse ferret’. Apparently, review of the GRA is not the most pressing issue for transpeople, but rather it is access to public services such as healthcare.
Mermaids are not clinicians or experts in child development but political campaigners promoting an ideological and experimental approach to children. They claim the NHS gender clinic, the Tavistock Centre, has a “48% suicide attempt risk” – the clinic says the true rate is less than 1%. And yet they are to be rewarded with a £500K grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Archive: http://archive.is/bW1Ed
Of concern was the section on gender in the level one guidance aimed at Primary One aged children. Despite a seeming ignorance about how sex is observed either before or after birth and by whom, this started off promisingly, telling children that they are not limited by their sex and that they can participate in any activities or wear any clothing. However, the guidance became muddled when it started to talk about gender, saying that “your gender is what you decide” and that sometimes when people grow up “they decide to change their gender so that they are happier with who they are, this is called being transgender”:
A good article in the Sunday Times about the proposed census changes, which quotes Woman’s Place UK: “The inclusion of a third option to the question on sex would indicate a departure from the scientifically grounded theory of human sexual dimorphism … If the Scottish government believes that human beings are not sexually dimorphic, then ministers and the chief scientific and medical officers must provide evidence to support that claim.” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/call-for-gender-id-question-in-next-census-qcfzv69x5
Press Statement – Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill – Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee Meeting, Scottish Parliament, 06 December 2018
Forwomen.scot were grateful to the CTEEA Committee for listening to our concerns regarding the proposed changes to the census in Scotland.
We believe that, to be robust, a census must capture the most accurate population data possible. Many of our providers – especially in healthcare and social services – have clear need for the most accurate demographic information. This is especially important when considering the rights of women as they are more likely to access public services in Scotland.
In June 2018, one of our/ManFriday members put Hostelling Scotland’s policy of “regardless of transgendered status, we will book an accommodation based on how our guests choose to be recognised” to the test by checking into Inverness youth hostel as a self-identified man. See our earlier report and the Inverness Courier article.
We are now pleased to report that Hostelling Scotland have recently confirmed that all their hostels provide female only accommodation. See the email reply to an MSP enquiry: