What Labour gets wrong about transwomen

Feb 19, 2020 by

by Debbie Hayton, UnHerd:

The transgender crisis that has engulfed the Labour Party has now lurched into a new and previously unimaginable phase. When the hitherto unknown group, the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights (LCTR) launched its egregious manifesto last week, peak-lunacy seemed to have been reached.

Following demands for compliance — including “pledge 4: Accept that trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary” — they condemned what they considered to be transphobic organisations, naming Woman’s Place UK and the LGB Alliance and calling for transphobes to be expelled from the party.

Pledge 6 instructed the party to “Listen to trans comrades on issues of transphobia and transmisogyny, allowing trans people to lead the way on our own liberation.” I am trans and a member of the Labour Party so I got in touch — and was promptly blocked. Clearly, I am the wrong sort of trans, since I don’t believe this is about supporting trans people but about the misuse of transgender rights to impose identity politics on the Labour Party.

Yet rather than dismiss the manifesto as a fringe campaign more typical of student politics, Labour MPs queued up to sign it. Among there were Zarah Sultana, who tweeted her support with an astonishing video clip that words cannot possibly describe, although that embarrassment pales into insignificance when compared with the activities of those contesting the election for Leader and Deputy Leader of the party. Shortly after a hustings where Lisa Nandy suggested that male rapists should be housed in female prisons, Dawn Butler announced on national television that “a child is born without sex”. I can’t see how either statement supports me, but I can well imagine the likely reaction to them on the doorstep when we are trying to canvass Labour votes.

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