We’re watching the U.K’s party leaders decide if transphobia is bad or respectable

So far, those who think transphobia is ok

@UKLabour (Duffield stuff) @Conservatives (everything except Crispin Glover and Caroline Nokes) @TheGreenParty (transphobe in leadership race)

1/4
Party leadership who believe transphobia is bad

@theSNP and @LibDems

There will be exceptions in the party, but as leadership goes, most parties are now at least both siding this and therefore saying transphobia is just as valid as trans people

2/4
Compared to 2015 when I started out, all party leadership were broadly on side. In 2016 all supported GRA reform (which the tories wanted to do then..,I know right?)

5 years of shitty press radicalising hundreds/thousand has resulted in a massive step back

3/4
Attitudes have changed in Westminster

And they have changed for the worst

It’s never been more important to seek out a face to face with your MP anyway you can

That’s the only way we can turn this around.

Go meet your MP

even if they are transphobic

ESPECIALLY if that.

4/4
Addendum: “it isn’t safe to meet transphobic MPs”

It’s going to be safer than letting the rot set in further.

To quote a cheesy line from a Sorkin movie: “now is the time to find some courage”
Goddamit. I hate Aaron Sorkin stuff so much and yet I keep watching everything he puts out.

Why do I that?

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20 Sep
LGBT groups tied to political parties will always choose party first.

This is why the LGBT Conservatives said nothing about Kemi Badenoch and why LGBT Labour went full Duffield.

This is why I (Michelle) have huge issues with party loyalty trumping principles.

Thread.
Political party activists are there for the party.

A political party's ideas can change drastically depending on who are in leadership positions. Just look at David Cameron's Conservatives (gay marriage!) to Boris Johnson's Conservatives (...fuck LGBT people)
A person who is party first can so easily find themselves pushing for policy that is terrible.

I am of the belief that, in these times, trans people have to be trans first because if you are party first then you will be supporting transphobia.
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19 Sep
This is a thread about why the Sunday Times report about Rosie Duffield is probably bollocks and the result of weaselly words

CN: All of the above and transphobia, references to non-binary people being blasted by Duffield and just...you get the idea.

ONWARD WITH THE THREAD.
The Sunday Times has a report about Rosie Duffield

Headline & subheading: "Speaker’s anger as extremists terrorise Labour MP Rosie Duffield

"Threats after feminist branded ‘transphobic’"

What kind of threats? Death threats? Violence?

Let's take a look at the article. THREAD
Opening paragraph...we learn from this that she has received "online threats"

So we know how she got them. Not clear yet on what kind of threats. If they were death threats or threats of violence...wouldn't they be in the headline? Maybe not. Let's keep going. "The Speaker of the House of Commons has made an unprec
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18 Sep
Trans folks: "We want to get from -5 to 0"

Transphobes: "How dare you ask for 5. You can't take that 5 away from us"

Trans folks: "How are we taking anything from you?"

Transphobes: "Because the idea of you being at 0 personally offends us"

The media: "Trans people steal 5"
Trans folks: "But we didn't even get the 5..."

Transphobes: "But you being at 0 in itself is offensive to us. Therefore you are taking 5 from us"

Trans folks: "That makes no goddam sense"

The media: "Trans folks respond with online abuse to different opinions"

Trans folks:
The media: "Trans people have 8, we should remove 8 and bring them to 0 like everone else."

Trans folks: "No we fucking don't. Still at -5"

Government: "We will work to strike a balance"

Trans folks: "Are you going to take away 8? We only have -5!"

*No response for 7 months*
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18 Sep
Hadley Freeman promoted the idea that trans people shouldn't be allowed to access public spaces that human beings need to participate in society

She's now quit columns, bemoaning how some take opinions they disagree with as a sign that the person with them is a bad person (1/5)
Earlier this year she put out a column specifically about how she has lost friends because she is anti-trans and how this isn't right because people should be able to disagree and still be friends.

(2/5) Byline from the Guardian article with a picture of her next
How disconnected from reality do you have to be to think that holding the opinion that a minority is less deserving of accessing public spaces because they are that minority...isn't going to make a some people think "this is a bad person"?

Especially a trans person!

(3/5)
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17 Sep
Thread from a cis journalist who is good.

Response fromthe NHS: "We just stapled together the same thing we've been sending out for months when it comes to any questions about trans kids"

Response from Paul Conrathe (Keira Bell legal team goblin man): "We are going for gillick"
Hmm....they are going for the whole gillick competence thing eh?

Almost as if that was the plan the whole goddam time.

Gillick Competence is a thing used to measure a childs ability to consent to medical treatment. It became a thing because a kid wanted birth control.
Considering that both Paul Conrathe and Alasdair Henderson (Bell's barrister) are pro life christian fundies it is ASTONISHING to hear that they want to destroy the thing that allows under 18's to have abortions and get trans healthcare.

WHAT A SHOCK.
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Everything we say gets twisted by cis people who hate us.

“Trans people broadly aren’t considered viable sexual partners”

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“Trans people want to coerce people into sex, rapists!”

(Thread)
“We need access to certain public spaces, public toilets, abuse refuges, the same as everyone else”

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“You want to open the door to every sex offender/commit sexual offences yourself”
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“You are attacking a woman for having opinions!”
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