Tag Archives: Equality Act

Royston Vasey Feminism

So what have we learnt this week? On Monday we had the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Lords. A new clause to try to add misogyny (hatred of women) was being attempted, and it tried to define “sex” by reference to section 11 of the Equality Act, which is supposedly a definition of “sex”. Now, […]

It’s The Little Words Which Make All The Difference

Today the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP, was summoned to the House of Commons to answer an Urgent Question tabled by Crispin Blunt MP. This followed her written statement on Gender Recognition Act reform on Tuesday 22 September. Using a written statement means that the Government Minister tabling it doesn’t […]

Free Speech or Life and Death?

In her Pressing Matters books, Christine Burns writes eloquently about all the work that a small group of trans campaigners did to achieve a legislative landmark. The Gender Recognition Act took at least 10 years of work as well as a series of court cases. It also took its toll. Most of the Press for […]

Suddenly Shifting Campaigns

In the last week, Government has issued some clarification about what the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) does and does not do in response to a petition. In particular they clarified that the protections for single-sex services were in the Equality Act, and that Government was not currently minded to amend this. One of the recommendations […]

The Gender Police and Women’s Loos

Ladies, we’ve all been there, queuing for the loo with that growing sense of dread – did I remember to put my birth certificate in my handbag? As we all know, access to women’s facilities is subject to approval from the gender police, and the terror when you approach the attendant with the explanation that […]

Which Trans People are Real?

This post comes after India Willoughby, media professional and relatively newly minted trans woman, has spent a day and a half on Twitter defending her view that transsexual women are different from trans women. There has been some tortuous logic involved. The argument seems to go something like “transsexual women are those who have or […]

2013 – Where are we at?

It was pretty much a year ago that the Fleet Street week of shame commenced.  It started with David Batty’s expose that Dr Richard Curtis was being investigated by the GMC – something that quite a few folk had known about for 18 months, and a report that raised questions about “balance” and “trans being […]