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Helen @MsHelenWatts
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A thread. Yesterday, @Girlguiding emailed all its leaders advising them of the new trans policy. There’s a huge amount of material to review and I haven’t finished yet. A formal review will follow. But in the meantime, here’s a few highlights. 1/
Girlguiding describes itself as a single sex organisation on one page of its website, yet on the new trans policy confirms that male children w/ the PC of gender reassignment may also join on the basis of that PC. Children can’t change their legal sex - ergo, it’s now mixed. 2/
Under current law only adults w/ a GRC have changed their legal sex. GG does not require a female birth certificate for an adult to hold a position reserved for women - a self identified woman has the PC of gender reassignment but is legally male. So mixed sex for adults too 3/
Some good news. @girlguiding has heeded the advice of lawyers and @fairplaywomen and acknowledged that children w/ a female birth certificate cannot lawfully be excluded. But compare the language used when discussing trans boys compared to trans girls 4/
Trans girls get asked about preferred pronouns and names and how to have the best guiding experience. These considerations are strangely absent from the section on trans boys. Why are two groups of potentially vulnerable children being treated differently? 5/
Also concerning is this section on trans boys (legal and biological females) who are completing awards. What about trans boys who haven’t started their Queen’s Guide of DofE? Would they be able to if they want? A child under 18 can’t change their sex so can stay a member 6/
It’s starting to feel like a 2 tier membership system - top for those who identify with feminine stereotypes & those who don’t at the bottom. Remember the increase in no. of girls transitioning and being referred to GIDS - these are the girls being made 2nd class citizens 7/
So, onto concepts of sexual and gender. Could someone please tell me where both sex and gender identity are recorded? @Girlguiding you really need to give evidence before you make assertions like this. 8/
The policy completely ignores the fact that many people, male & female, reject the concept of gender as a patriarchal tool, primarily to subjugate women but which is also harmful to men/boys. Where does @Girlguiding stand on members who do not believe in gender identity? 9/
Girlguiding is in the unique position of knowing when the law is not up to date w/ best practice. They do concede it is “helpful to know” current law. NB It’s currently unlawful to discriminate against someone w/ PC of religion or belief (who might require single sex space) 10/
Finally, safeguarding. More tomorrow. Girlguiding still do not acknowledge that mixed sex / same gender sleeping spaces are a risk. But yet the policy for male children on residentials (who don’t ID as trans) is unchanged and males must have separate sleeping/washing areas 11/
This screenshot misses the point. It’s the fact that children and teens are sharing mixed sex spaces, w/o parental consent, contradicting NSPCC guidance. It also ignores the fact that predatory males who aren’t actually trans may abuse the policy (it does happen) 12/
We can’t ignore safeguarding to avoid offence or because it’s inconvenient for our political beliefs. Girlguiding has a duty of care to children and adults in its care and the risk of harm is foreseeable. More to follow. End. 13/13.
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