Another thoughtful column: Laura Waddell on feminism, transphobia and GRA reform.
…often the cry of â€œlisten to womenâ€ comes up. So letâ€™s do that now. Hereâ€™s what womenâ€™s organisations across Scotland have actually said.
During the original consultation, Close the Gap, Engender, Equate Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Womenâ€™s Aid, Women 50:50 and Zero Tolerance released a joint statement supporting self-ID. At odds with the inflammatory phrase â€˜war on womenâ€™, they clearly state: â€œWe do not regard trans equality and womenâ€™s equality to contradict or be in competition with each other.â€
…They also stated: â€œThe complexity, restrictions and expense of the current gender recognition process particularly discriminates against trans people who are disabled, migrant, minority ethnic, unemployed, homeless, fleeing domestic abuse, young or non-binary. Enabling trans people to smoothly change their birth certificates at the same time as they change their other identity documents is a much needed positive step forward for society.â€
It’s a great shame that voices like Waddell’s â€“ and of the women she writes about here â€“ are not given the same prominence as pale, male and stale middle-aged newspaper columnists.