In August, The Scotsman reported on the new RSHP guidance (https://rshp.scot) which is set to be rolled out in schools.
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”:
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:
Meet Kellie, aka Posie Parker, who sells t-shirts printed with the dictionary definition of ‘woman’. From the profits raised, Posie paid for a billboard displaying the same slogan at a site in Liverpool, just in time for the Labour party’s annual conference in the same city.
I read this thread on Twitter by the marvellous @CroneInAMillion and thought it was worth keeping:
Thread for @PennyMordaunt. I am glad you are investigating the 4000% increase in girls reporting to gender clinics to change their bodies.
Since our letter to the First Minister, the SNP Councillor Gregor Fisher Murray has resigned from his positions as Children’s Convenor and Equalities Spokesperson. However, he still remains as Councillor for Dundee and a member of the SNP. See the article in the Courier of 10 August 2018: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/703892/childrens-convener-resigns-following-row-over-expletive-laden-social-media-outbursts/
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The following was contributed by one of our members, Evie Hill.
John is in his mid-fifties and is a middle-class, white professional. He enjoys frequenting women’s shops in order to satisfy his fetish for wearing women’s underwear. This is a true account of what he has told me.
John has found one particular women’s lingerie shop that allows him in early, and shuts its doors to other customers whilst staff attend to him.
He has spent a lot of money in this shop over a three year period, maybe longer. They will do made-to-measure underwear, which he requires as he has the body of a man. It is a specialist women’s lingerie shop run by women who are all expert dressmakers. Continue reading