From writer and artist, Charlie Rae:
“The question I am telling everyone to ask themselves: are there good reasons to oppose transgenderism? Lesbian Voices answers this articulately:
@Lesbian_Voices, a twitter thread.”
1. There’s far too much misinformation floating around regarding the feminists’ position on the impacts of gender ID ideology. Our position is essentially one of safeguarding – of children, of women, of lesbians.
2. In the case of children there are several issues to consider. First of all there’s no objective way to determine who is trans and who isn’t. Research finds that most children desist if allowed to go through puberty normally, with most growing up lesbian or gay.
3. Second, hormonal treatments are prescribed off-label. We simply don’t know what their long-term impact might be. But long-term side effects of Lupron, a puberty blocker, are being documented and include thinning of the bones, osteoporosis and chronic pain.
4. Third, puberty blockers followed by cross-sex hormones lead to sterilisation as gametes cannot mature. Fourth, certain groups, such as children with autism and lesbians, are over-represented in children diagnosed as trans. This raises questions about their vulnerability.
5. Fifth, there’s a lot of evidence of co-morbidity (depression, anxiety, etc.), trauma and homophobia as factors contributing to a trans diagnosis. In these cases treatments other than affirmation are suitable to alleviate any suffering but are labelled conversion therapy by TAs
6. Sixth, there’s been a huge increase in the number of teenage girls presenting as trans while showing no dysphoria in early childhood, a phenomenon known as rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD). Research into it is being blocked by TAs.
7. For women and girls, the removal of rights, especially to single-sex services, are key issues. Having spaces that are free of male bodies is essential to allow women to participate fully in public life.
8. This is particularly true of vulnerable women, such as women in prisons, domestic violence shelters or rape crisis centres. Women value women-only spaces where they find safety, support, understanding and more, and where they can build their confidence.
9. Research also suggests that women with disabilities are at a greater risk of male violence. Vulnerable women who have care needs, including elderly women, have the right to be cared for by female carers.
10. There’s evidence showing that 70% of girls under the age of 14 have been sexually harassed. Yet school and the Girl Guides are changing their policies to allow trans-identified boys to share these girls’ spaces, denying girls the right to set their own boundaries.
11. Lesbians face all of these issues and then some. The lesbophobia in the gender ID movement manifests itself in a number of ways. “Gender nonconforming” girls who would probably grow up to be lesbians are being transed for not conforming to arbitrary notions of girlhood.
12. Young butch lesbians find themselves under pressure to transition due to prevailing homophobic attitudes. Hannah Gadsby talks about someone who wrote to tell her she owed it to her community to come out as trans. This isn’t without consequences.
13. Some older butch lesbians have spoken about starting to question themselves, wondering if they are in fact trans because of the number of people asking them such questions. This is not helped by the term lesbian being deemed old-fashioned and exclusionary.
14. Which brings us to the horrendous concept of cotton ceiling. This refers to the underwear of lesbians who refuse to have relationships with trans-identified males, for obvious reasons. This is seen as bigoted and hateful by men who call themselves lesbians.
15. It is resulting in some young lesbians having relationships with such men because they feel there’s no way for them to say no within queer communities. It leads to the targeted harassment of lesbians on a daily basis, to constant attempts to coerce us into sex with men.
16. None of this is an attack on trans people. We understand the difficulties faced by trans people and support their rights to safety, employment, housing and healthcare. We simply argue that our rights to safety, privacy and dignity can’t be eroded in the process.
17. And we argue that we need to ensure that vulnerable groups, especially children, are given the best available care and are protected from harm. We are dealing with complex issues and a one-size-fit-all approach is inadequate.