This isn’t my first time speaking at Conference. But it is my first time where I’ve felt upset and worried about talking. Not because of you fine people, but because of the subject matter. It hits a little too close to home.
I speaking in favour of the motion, and specific lines, because it’s important that the voices of trans and non-binary people are heard in this. That our fears are heard that when a Conversion Therapy ban is brought in, we’re going to be left behind.
Back a while ago I interviewed by What The Trans!? and was asked where I thought this transphobia had come from and my reply was that it’s always been there in the UK because an awful lot of bigotry has always been here in the UK and routinely ignored because we’re constantly fed a lie that is not what we’re like as a country
But the reality is that the UK is a hostile place to live if you don’t tick all the right boxes. The UK is riven by class and socioeconomic divisions, as well as divisions based around every kind of separator you can think of
Another week, yet another attempt by TERFs — sorry, so-called “GC” people — to try and fool companies into breaking the law by claiming that trans people can be exempted from everyday, high-street style services
I’ve extensively covered in the past about how the “claims” (read: deliberate lies) of the GC crowd are wrong and I’ve also gone into the specifics of the law, the Equality Act, and cases that have already been in front of the courts and tribunals where the judgements clearly show that it is an unlawful act of discrimination to bar (or try to bar) trans people from single or separate sex services of their expressed gender identity
But this leaves the question; why are transphobes so desperate to try and enforce a lie?