This is crucially important as the only thing that makes us male or female is our bodies and there is no such think as being born in the wrong body. Difference is what makes us human and should be celebrated, not forced in to limiting social constructs that oppress us all and reinforce stereotypes.
Bodies matter in other ways too and male bodies are much stronger, faster and more powerful so should not be allowed to enter women’s sports. Only men rape, so they should not be allowed access to our sex-segregated spaces. Safety, privacy and dignity are desperately important.
I am also very concerned about the meaning of language and that words that are very specific can be changed as casually as the definition of the word Woman, now changed in law by the Scottish Government.
I have attended rallies (threatened by trans activists beforehand, who also told the organisers that we were intending to rush the stage and be violent – a complete fabrication).
I help to organise local meetings that are very peaceful but have been subjected to really vicious and threatening abuse by trans activists and even local politicians standing outside of the venues.
I work as hard as I can to raise awareness of the issues involved, handing out leaflets and standing up whenever I am able, to share details and correct misinformation.
I am in a number of groups that share links and other information, acting within a political party to support and protect women’s rights and fight against the erasure of the meaning of being a woman / female.
I have written to my MP and been ignored.
On a training course the transgender trainer was extremely unpleasant when I said that women and transwomen have different health care needs. They made a complaint to my manager.
I was subjected to very intimidating abuse and threats at meeting venues, monitored by trans activists within my political party and my views closed down immediately when attempting to defend women’s rights.
On Twitter & Facebook I have been told to die in a fire and that I should be raped to death, subjected to outrageously offensive comments and aggression, and reporting these comments to the Twitter and Fb resulted in no action being taken by the perpetrators.
I have had my face filmed very closely by some abusive trans activists (some masked) who were attempting to intimidate me from attending a meeting.