Tramway Leafleting

The Tramway was hosting a star-studded event on 9th June so a small group of local women decided to go and raise awareness of the recent incident in their toilets, formerly known as Women’s, where a man had been hiding in a cubicle listening to women in the neighbouring cubicles. He jumped out scaring two young women, one of whom was a journalist. She wrote about the experience in an article, so we printed this out and handed the reference out with the Forwomen.Scot flyers

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Gender Lessons in Schools

In August, The Scotsman reported on the new RSHP guidance (https://rshp.scot) which is set to be rolled out in schools.
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/primary-one-children-will-be-told-your-gender-is-what-you-decide-1-4779133

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”:

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Hostelling Scotland and Serco (Caledonian Sleeper and Northlink Ferries) Update

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:

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A Scottish Hostelling Experience

Note: This blog post was originally published on the ManFriday website.

Most people are probably aware that Hostelling Scotland (previously the Scottish Youth Hostel Association) is a charity that provides affordable accommodation in many scenic locations throughout Scotland. Much of that accommodation is in the form of shared dormitories, rooms filled with bunk beds where weary travellers can rest and socialise. For many years these dorms have been single-sex where guests are allocated a bed based on whether they are male or female.

What most people are probably not aware of however, is that this is no longer the case.  There’s no reason why they should be aware, since no policy change or information is given on the website, and guests still book in as either male or female.  Despite this, Hostelling Scotland have confirmed by email that, “Regardless of transgendered status, we will book an accommodation based on how our guests choose to be recognised.” Continue reading

Self-ID and Driving Licences

Note: This blog post was originally published on the ManFriday website.

I’ve frequently read on Twitter of claims that the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act will merely be an extension of the self-identification processes we already have for passports and driving licences.

This was news to me.  It was a long time ago admittedly, but I seem to recall needing my birth certificate when I first applied for a driving licence.  So I thought I’d investigate a bit further. Google took me to justbeyourself.org.uk which explained the peculiarities of how a person’s sex is shown on their driving licence: section 5 shows your driving number: the seventh character of which is either 0 or 1 for male, or 5 or 6 for female.  Checked my licence: yip, a five for me. Continue reading