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I’ve only recently acknowledged that I am, in fact, gender critical, after months of insisting I was a TRA. I thought I would explain why I changed my mind. Last summer’s pride event in London, was the first time I remember becoming aware of the extent of the debate about 1/14
trans rights in the UK. At the time I was appalled by the protest. I am a lesbian and I felt no threat of erasure from trans people ( I have several trans friends), I just couldn’t understand why these women were protesting. I read the mainstream news which identified that2/14
tensions in the community were occurring because of the GRA. I looked to the Stonewall website and found the information on the GRA reforms and I read the resources with enthusiasm. I was won over by what Stonewall had written. I believed that the process for trans people to3/14
be recognised in their gender identity should be simplified and after all, there was apparently “no impact” on any other groups. As a lesbian woman I had encountered discrimination, I wanted to fight to end that for trans people. Around about this time I became active on 4/14
twitter, I followed all the high profile trans people and allies. I followed Stonewall and Amnesty International, I immersed myself in the issue as a committed ally. I did learn a lot about the issues facing trans people, harassment, workplace discrimination, housing issues,5/14
all very important issues which need to be addressed. However, more and more I encountered the argument that trans women were female from birth because of sex being a social construct and also a spectrum. I must admit, I didn’t understand these arguments in full so I did 6/14
the required reading. I read Butler and Fausto-Sterling and other introductions to Queer theory. I still struggled to grasp the arguments (or perhaps more accurately, agree with the arguments). Whilst being a part of trans twitter, the writing of @Docstockk, @janeclarejones,7/ 14
and @aytchellesse kept popping up in discussions, mostly because their writing was being labled as transphobic. I was curious, I wanted to see the other side’s arguments. I read, and kept reading, everything I could by these women. I found myself agreeing with the GC 8/14
arguments, I understood the theory. This made me feel deeply uneasy about my stated position, I looked to twitter to see who was writing rebuttals to these authors. What I found were responses that didn’t, to my mind, address the key GC arguments At this time, I took a break 9/14
twitter, as I was doubting my allyship and full commitment to TWAW/TMAM. About a month ago I came back online and I again started reading through the different discussion points, I came across a thread arguing that the only measure for whether a trans woman should compete in10/14
women’s sports was having legally changed their sex, no hormone treatments needed. I thought this can’t be right, if this happens, there is a risk that female people will be marginalised in most sports. Having this realisation was like a switch flipping in my brain. 11/14
I believe that sex matters and that it is immutable. So here I am on #gendercritical twitter, I deleted my old account and started a new one. I want to support trans people to live in a society that accepts them. I want trans people to feel safe and have access to the 12/14
resources they need. I want trans people to play sports and compete within a fair category (why not have more than just male/female categories)? I will address anyone by whatever pronouns they prefer. I will also stand up for sex based rights. I believe I can support trans 13/14
people (although I’m sure some would argue that being GC means that I cannot) and defend hard-won women’s rights. 14/14
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