Read our submission to the Hate Crime & Public Order (Scotland) Bill - Freedom of Expression Amendments here:

keep-prisons-single-sex.org.uk/consultation-s…
TL:DR
Proposed amendments provide inadequate protection for freedom of expression.
'Criticism or discussion' fails to specify expression that is NOT criminalised: chilling effect & de facto interference in Article 10 rights is likely
Options 1 & 2: specific definition of non-criminalised expression provided for pc religion only. Creates a hierarchy of pcs where some beliefs are more protected than others.
Recommend: specific definitions wrt pc religion used as template for all pcs.
Pcs considered individually to identify 'flash points' such that legitimate debate is not criminalised.
Re pc trangender identity, support the inclusion of the following:
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29 Jan
The Economist on gender ID in the USA & the impact on women's prisons. Thread:

economist.com/united-states/…
Summary of article: This month California introduced a law allowing prisoners to request to be housed in accordance with their gender identity.
USA needs Federal legislation to protect trans people from discrimination. But policies grounded in the flawed conflation of sex & gender ID will lead to problems. For example women's prisons.
Read 6 tweets
25 Jan
After a risk ax, a hospital has refused to carry out reassignment surgery on Paris Green/Peter Laing.

thetimes.co.uk/article/surgeo…
What this report does not make clear is that Green/Laing, who was sentences to life for torture and murder, was housed in a female prison, in accordance with Scottish Prison Service policy. This policy operates on the basis of gender identity & self-ID.
Green/Laing was moved around the female estate after harassing & threatening prisoners and engaging in 'consensual' sexual relations which left 1 woman in prison fearing she was pregnant. We believe that Green/Laing was moved to a male prison to wait for surgery.
Read 5 tweets
19 Jan
We know that male crime, including CSA, is reported as having been committed by women. We know that males convicted of CSA against children are housed in the female estate and are recorded as female/women.

dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
This means that accurate data collection & analysis is impossible. The MoJ knows this.
The numbers of women committing CSA, or any sexual offence, is both very low & very stable. This means that even the addition of a few males will increase the female stats dramatically.
It may well be that more females are being reported for CSA, charged with CSA & convicted of CSA. But the problem is that we just don't know any more. This doesn't help children, adult victims or the CJS.
Accurate data is necessary and cannot be sacrificed to identity politics
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28 Dec 20
Thread on Scottish Prison Service: a review of their 'policy' is long overdue.
Scottish Prison Service policy has enabled males with convictions for murder and torture to be housed in women's prisons.
It has allowed males to shower with women prisoners:
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4 Aug 20
By creating a difference between TW and males and by conceptualising TW as a group distinct from males, their demands become reframed as rights. This is insisting on demands not fighting for rights.
TW enjoy the same rights as all males. They are not denied any of the rights that all citizens enjoy.
It is a basic principle that where you have competing sets of rights, these may need to be balanced.
But there are no competing rights. It is not 'trans' rights vs women's rights.
It is 'trans' demands vs women's rights. 'Trans' demands vs children's rights.
It is male demands vs the rights of women and children.
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