From Bent Bars Statement:
"Today the High Court of Justice has handed down a judgment rejecting claims that the Ministry of Justice’s policy on the care and management of trans prisoners discriminates against women" /1
"The prisoner (the claimant) argued that her human rights were violated by having to be in the same prison as trans women prisoners who have convictions for sexual or violent offences against women.
The claimant argued that the policies should be declared unlawful." /2
A thread 🧵
- the media want to present the Forstater ruling as a win for free speech & anti-trans views because it serves them
- they intentionally polarise this as win/lose because it’s a tactic of a wider strategy
- we all won today because there aren’t “two sides” /1
Today’s Maya Forstater is a win for everyone; we are all entitled to our personal philosophical beliefs and none of us are allowed to use those beliefs to discriminate against or harm others /2
I've been asked to speak on panels about trans activism a lot the last few years, esp through pride month. One question I *always* get asked is: what can people do to be in solidarity/allyship. I've been asked it year on year on year:
1. Remember Trans ppl are many ¬ the same: This is true in v.many ways; the spectrum of trans men, women, agender, nb, genderqueer folks. But Trans people are also Black, PoC, disabled, autistic, poor etc. Don't centre white non-disabled transness &add the rest of us on later.
1a. This should be at the forefront of your mind when thinking about Trans solidarity, Black trans women, Trans sex workers, disabled trans people and poor trans people are all the *most* affected by anti-trans violence, and systemic inequalities.
When I’m not on twitter I spend my life training activists, campaigners and change-makers on how to make effective, strategic and regenerative social change. In movement theory there is a concept of a “movement lifecycle” which I think is really important for ppl to know about rn
When looking at movements throughout history they have a typical cycle of energy and activity. Most people think of a movement as existing in its “uprising” and it’s “peak”. These are stages when there’s been a “trigger moment” that kicks of rapid change and attention
There are lots of types of trigger moments but right now are unprecedented times in my lifetime and we are living through a few simultaneously (on different scales) e.g. COVID-19 and global lockdowns, the murder of George Floyd, the reform of the GRA and many more
1. JK Rowling is out here saying that trans ppl are trying to erase sex as a concept and that her life experience is as a female. Here’s a thread on why she’s confused.
Firstly, She’s dog whistling that trans ppls very existence denies the existence of sex
2. This is partly based on transphobia-specifically the idea that if a trans woman is a woman it erases&attacks all other experiences of womanhood (as opposed to understanding that groups of women experience different intersections of oppression. She should read some bell hooks)
3. It’s partly based on some trans ppl (myself incl.) believing sex is a social construct. This isn’t “trans ideology”, many trans ppl don’t care or agree. We aren’t a homogenous group. We are all just out here trying to live & survive while others make meaning of us and theorise
Yesterday I did a takeover of @travisalabanza's Instagram to talk about Trans activism in the UK. Thx to everyone who engaged. I thought I'd do a little thread to share headlines on here including 5 things you can do to support trans folks in the UK now: 1/10