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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.”: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/grassroots-backlash-forces-snp-to-rethink-trans-policies-n0pvh25qx
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Busy day in The Times newspaper today:
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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/
This is our response:
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 wh o 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 wom en and send a message that this language and behaviour will not be tolerated in the SNP .