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I no longer attend political meetings, I no longer vote

This matters to me because I’m acutely aware that, the world over, women and girls still need same-sex boundaries, spaces and rights for safety, privacy and dignity. We fought for those same-sex rights for our own protection and our need for them has not changed.

I have been frequently and openly vocal – online and off – with friends. I have written to my MP repeatedly. I have discussed my opinions with colleagues. I have written an article about trans activism and the media.

I have lost friends and, as a political activist on the left, I have lost support and solidarity. I no longer attend political meetings, I no longer vote, I do not approach my trade union (UCU) for support.

Rachel Broady , Anti poverty campaigner, journalist, lecturer