Gender Recognition Act Should be Reformed or Repealed — No Child Should Have Sex Change Treatment
On this week’s #NCFNewspeak, Sarah Phillimore (@SVPhillimore), a barrister specialising in Child Protection Law & a member of “Fair Cop”‘s execution council argues that the Gender Recognition Act should be reformed or replaced. She also encourages interested parties to join the recently-formed Gender Recognition Reform/Repeal Act Group (GRRAG) and/or participate in their online Zoom meetings.
The next GRARG Zoom meeting is Thursday 29th October at 8pm – open to all via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4247888422
The Gender Recognition Act Reform/Repeal Group had its first meeting on 24th June 2020. It was born out of increasing anger and despair at the current state of public debate – or lack of it – around issues of fundamental importance to women. They wanted to turn those negative emotions into positive action.
The GRARG has two aims:
“To discuss openly and publicly reform to the GRA; to show that there is nothing in this discussion that is shameful or wrong.
“To take positive action to support reform or repeal of the GRA”
To quote Sarah Phillimore’s recitation of the GRARG Manifesto:
“We hold these truths to be self evident:
“Our right to speak
“We have a right to speak publicly about the laws of our country.
“This speech is protected political speech under ECHR Article 10.
“Others have a right to disagree with us.
“But no one has the right to harass or threaten any other who is exercising their right to protected political speech.
“Discussion of laws and policy must be open.
“Those impacted by law or policy must be consulted.
“Sex, Gender and Gender Identity
“The definition of a ‘woman’ is ‘adult human female’
“The definition of a ‘man’ is ‘adult human male’.
“There are only two sexes; male and female.
“Sex is determined at fertilisation and revealed at birth or even before.
“Sex is not determined by clothes, hairstyles, choice of pronouns or activities.
“Human beings cannot change sex.
“The existence of rare and well-described ‘differences of sexual development’ (DSDs or so called ‘intersex’ conditions) does not negate the fact that sex is binary and does not prove the existence of any ‘third sex’.
“It is unacceptable to use those with DSDs to provide support for any argument that there are more than two sexes. A person with a DSD is either male or female and has a right to be recognised as such.
“Sex is relevant in many areas of life including healthcare, safeguarding and risk assessment, sexual relationships and reproduction, bodily privacy and consent, protections against sex discrimination and the collection of statistics.
“‘Gender’ used to be a more gentle synonym for ‘sex’ but it’s meaning has changed over time and is now more commonly used to describe the roles, behaviours and social expectations associated with the two sexes.
“Gender can be perceived as oppressive and potentially harmful to all people of both sexes as it may impose unfair and limiting stereotypes on both men and women.
“People should be free to express themselves by their appearance and how they talk about themselves without being limited by expectations imposed by their sex.
“Nobody should be harassed, threatened or suffer unlawful discrimination because of how they look or wish to be called.
“Gender identity’ is a phrase used to describe a belief held by a minority of people about their identities and the nature of them. This may be expressed by clothes worn, hairstyles, choice of pronouns and activities
“A belief in a ‘gender identity’ is subjective, cannot be falsified and is not universally accepted as true.
“‘Sex’ ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity’ are therefore categorically different things and must not be conflated.
“Sex is a protected characteristic pursuant to the Equality Act 2010. ‘Gender’ or ‘Gender identity’ are not.
“Single and separate sex services, associations and sports are protected by the Equality Act 2010.
“We hold these issues worthy of discussion
“Section 9 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) conflates ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ and is therefore not fit for purpose and should be amended or repealed:
Where a full gender recognition certificate is issued to a person, the person’s gender becomes for all purposes the acquired gender (so that if the acquired gender is the male gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a man, and if it is the female gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a woman).”
Further information & full manifesto text:: https://gcritical.org/2020/10/05/the-grarg-manifesto/
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