So @NicolaSturgeon just made it clear to Chris Deerin that she thinks women in Scotland are just too stupid & hysterical to understand her proposals re GRA reform, & she lied - again - that opening up a GRC to anyone who says they are a woman will not impact single sex spaces.
And how can I say she is lying? Well what has come out of a number of political & legal processes re single sex spaces & GRA reform - including evidence gathering by the Women & Equalities Select Committee at WM (which @kirstenoswald is part of) - is that it is at best unclear >
>how far having a GRC impacts the ability of providers to use the single sex exceptions in the EQA, but it is accepted that holding a GRC does have an impact on applying the exceptions on the basis of sex. Women's needs do not change in relation to trans people with & without >
>GRCs, so the prohibitive impact of the GRC does impact women's rights *currently*. As a result, the WESC had already asked the EHRC to see if it can create a Code of Practice for providers that may resolve the issue somewhat, but the EHRC declined. The UK Govt in response then >
>said it would address this issue & create GEO guidance, but has since reneged on this commitment. So as things stand politically in the UK, Nicola Sturgeon knows the GRC impacts women's rights, & that there has not yet been a solution to this, & that it's with this backdrop >
>she is claiming allowing anyone who wishes to self identify as a woman won't impact women at all. It is a deliberate LIE couched in the manipulative language of a gaslighter.

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If we lived in a country with a remotely healthy political landscape & one not steeped in misogyny, here is how things would have >
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