THREAD: SEX AND THE CENSUS: 15 different organisations have come together to launch a joint campaign on #Census2021 The census has always asked “What is your sex”? We believe people should answer the census accurately & honestly. See campaign website /1
We think that this is the best way to collect information needed to understand the population and to plan and fund public services. Counting the number of male & female citizens is vital for the census, & because the census sets standard for other data-collection across society.
The @ONS disagrees. It is planning to tell people they don’t need to answer the census “sex” question with their biological sex. Instead it will direct them to self-identify as male or female, relying on any “legal document” they choose. /3 #SexInTheCensus
They do not say which documents count. Currently a person’s passport can be changed with a doctor’s note. A student ID card can be changed on request, as can a patient’s NHS record. /4 #SexInTheCensus #SexMatters #WomenCountSoCountWomen
People should be free to live as they chose, and not face harassment if they do not conform with gender norms. /5 #SexInTheCensus #SexMatters #WomenCountSoCountWomen
But answering clear questions about your biological sex, where this matters, is something everyone has to do at times, whether for their own health and safety or because it touches the lives of other people. /6 #SexInTheCensus #SexMatters #WomenCountSoCountWomen
We think the census, which happens once every 10 years, and which is confidential for 100 years, is one of those situations. Please join our campaign to make sure #Census2021 is accurate & meets the needs of everyone. /7 #SexInTheCensus #SexMatters

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21 Feb
Ensuring that the census recorded accurate sex data was one of our earliest campaigns back in 2017 see this post for details… #Census2021 #SexInTheCensus #WomenCountSoCountWomen
We recently sought a legal opinion on the advice given to @Scotgov by @EHRC on the collection of sex data. We believe that their advice misrepresents the law and call on them to withdraw it… #SexInTheCensus #WomenCountSoCountWomen #SexMatters #SexNotGender
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Thread: Thank you @LabWomenDec for your solidarity with our co-founder @kiritunks who was 'un-invited' from speaking on Challenging Sexism by a @UKLabour branch. Thank you for saying #IStandWithKiri
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THREAD We are delighted to hear that hard copies of The Political Erasure of Sex are reaching intended recipients. It is vital politicians/policy makers base decisions on material reality & evidence. Thank you @janeclarejones @lnmackenzie1 and @SelinaTodd
We are proud to have supported research for this project. We are grateful to all our supporters whose donations have enabled us to print and post this copy and get it into the hands of our political representatives. Thank you to @uniofox for its support…
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We have posted a short statement about EHRC advice to Scottish government and others and the legal opinion on this advice received by WPUK.…
The @EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission) misrepresents the law on collecting sex data in its statement to the @scotgov Scottish Government which advises that requesting, gathering and collating data on individuals’ biological sex could be in breach of the law.
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