Are All-Women Shortlists Transphobic?

Legally, AWS are open to transwomen with a GRC (Gender Recognition Certificate). I think the debate in question is over those transwomen who don’t have a GRC yet ie Lilly Madigan. There’s no way Lilly could obtain a GRC at her age anyway due to how the process of applying for one works. As for the Jo Cox scheme, shouldn’t that work on rules that Jo herself would have set? Like most people I’m sure, we only heard about Jo with the EU referendum and her murder, but from all accounts, she seemed like a really nice person that would do anything for anyone.

The pussy hats, I’ve heard some say they’re transphobic but I’m not exactly clear on the reasons why, I suppose it would depend on the intent of the creator of them, and you’d have to ask her intent behind them.

India Willoughby, ugh, don’t get me started. She’s not all that popular among the trans community, but she’s the “go-to-girl” at the moment, previously it was Kellie Maloney, but both of these have only “recently” come out, and still have a lot to experience so don’t make the best representatives. Do I get angry or annoyed when I get misgendered by someone? Of course I do, but I shrug it off now or ignore it, because it’s just not worth the stress or hassle. As and when it happens on the phone, I’ll politely correct the person, and then if they continue will get more stern, the way anyone else would, but I think this was Anne Widdecombe she was dealing with here (I don’t watch Big Brother any more), who’s so anti-lgbt it’s unbelievable. Now we all knew going into the house that India was trans, but to misgender her with the way she looks, that can’t be an accidental thing. Someone I’ve known for over 20 years that knew me pre-transition still sometimes refers to me as she used to do, but then immediatelly thinks “oh shit” (you can see it in her face) has some kind of excuse, but someone seeing me for the first time now doesn’t normally, but again, I don’t let it phase me anymore. India isn’t at that stage yet where she can just shrug it off. You need to realise that in the early days of HRT treatment, we’re essentially going through a second puberty, ask any adult you know if they’d want to do that again volutntarily and you know what answer you’ll get.

And as for the 2 women who’ve been suspended from the Labour Party, I only know of Venice Allen, and a quick google of her and her tweets and you get to see the kind of person she is, and if that wasn’t good enough (they could be faked of course playing devils advocate here), there’s her YouTube account which clearly shows her and how she conducts herself. That’s not the kind of person you want representing your political party is it.

Not The News in Briefs

A controversy around the subject of trans-inclusion is currently rumbling in the Labour Party: the question of whether trans-identified males, with or without a Gender Recognition Certificate, should be able to access women-only shortlists or become Women’s Officers, or take advantage of initiatives such as the Jo Cox Women in Leadership programme to encourage women into politics. A crowdfunder has been set up to legally challenge the Labour Party’s acceptance (without consultation or debate) of trans self-ID, and there is now a counter-petition accusing all those involved of transphobia. This has been followed by what seems to be a hit-list giving details of Labour members with ‘transphobic’ Twitter accounts, and two women have already been suspended from the party based on this evidence.

What is sometimes forgotten in this argument is the reason that women-only initiatives exist in the first place. AWS and similar schemes are necessary in order to…

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