When Nicola Surgeon stated that feminist’s concerns were “misplaced” at a United Nations conference last February we thought it would be an ideal time to try and arrange a meeting to address our concerns and put forward evidence that self ID policies represent a substantial roll back of women’s rights. When that was unsuccessful, we turned our attention to arranging a meeting with Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for reform of the Gender Recognition Act. After all, she had very recently published an article stating “Government has a duty to understand and seek to address the concerns being raised. This is something I have sought to do since taking this post and to which I commit to continue to do”, so we were hopeful of a meeting.Continue reading
The shenanigans of
@scotgov regarding the announcement of proposals to reform the GRA are, to say the least, concerning. There are serious questions which now must be answered by @S_A_Somerville and @NicolaSturgeon #sexnotgender #WarOnWomen
Two articles in The Times today:
The Scottish government is to rethink its approach to transgender rights after a backlash from influential Nationalists and grassroots SNP members. “First minister Nicola Sturgeon is understood to be “alive” to the issue.”:
Dear Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister,
We are a group of 51 women from various professions and walks of life across Scotland, and who are very concerned at the climate of misogyny and violent threats against women currently being fomented by the culture of trans ideology.
In particular we are concerned at the very recent behaviour of SNP councillor Gregor Fisher Murray when he launched an expletive ridden tirade of abuse at women who were expressing their concern over threats against lesbians defining their own boundaries and their own sexuality. Please see the article in today’s The Courier: https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/685759/childrens-convener-issues-grovelling-climbdown-over-expletive-laden-twitter-outbursts/
This is not the first time that he has displayed such impulses, previously having attacked those who want 50/50 representation as ‘feminist shite’.
Gillian Martin’s non-aggressive comments of some years ago had consequences for her but Gregor Murray’s behaviour, which is recent and repeated, have had no such repercussions for him. We call upon you to send a clear message, that discourse around these matters must be respectful and non-threatening. The fact that this person identifies as non-binary clearly hasn’t prevented him from adopting intimidating behaviour typical of male aggressors, and promoting blatant sexism. Women’s and children’s rights are not safe in his hands. He is not acceptable as an ‘equalities spokesperson’, nor as convenor of a children and families committee. We call upon you to stand up for women and send a message that this language and behaviour will not be tolerated in the SNP.