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?
It can—is—difficult to talk or write about abuse. I’ve been staring at an empty page for an hour as I’ve struggled with myself to write this piece
It can be all too easy to think that in 2019 as a country we have a good understanding of what abuse is. That we have excellent systems in place to tackle it. That the law, after a bad start, has finally caught up and is in a place to deal with these issues
There is no part of that which is true. In 2019 as a society we’re still learning what abuse is, what it can look like, sound like, how it can present itself. When I was growing up abuse was not talked about at all. Eventually, after a long time, depictions of abuse were began to be seen on TV and awareness of it as an issue began to become more prominent in the minds of the public
Making the choice to be PPC, making that commitment to put yourself out there to fight for your constituency so you can do your best for them, is not a decision made lightly. For any trans person that decision is a huge commitment