UK: Labour backtracks on gender self-determination

Even the Labour Party has realised that the fight for trans rights may cost it a large slice of the female electorate. And it changes course on self-determination by assuring that it will defend the right to reserved spaces for women, the first among progressive parties to change course. And the Italian left? It will get there last, as usual. But it will get there
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UK: marcia indietro dei laburisti sull'autodeterminazione di genere

While Italian progressives continue to hold out on gender self-determination or self-id - Elly Schlein's programme point in the primaries and always at the forefront of PD rights officer Alessandro Zan's thoughts: they will be the last to change their minds but they will change it - ahead of the next UK general election Labour puts on the brakes hard: the issue is of great relevance in the current election campaign. From the opposition Labour has always held the line of support for so-called LGBTQ rights but now backtracks, moving closer to the positions of the Conservative government, and admitting that it is necessary to maintain spaces reserved for women based on sex and not gender. 

The reverse from Anneliese Dodds (top photo) Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equal Opportunities, in a recent editorial in The Guardian entitled Labour will drive transgender rights reform - and will not take lessons from the divisive Tories' (24 July).

Despite the title and the fact that the piece talks about simplifying the sex change process as a right for trans people, it is recognised that there are cases where sex takes precedence over gender identity, perhaps to avoid a total failure like that of Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish self-ID law.

Dodds writes: 'We have to recognise that sex and gender are different, as the Equality Act does. We will ensure that nothing in our reformed gender recognition process will undo the single sex exemptions in the Equality Act."

"In simple terms this means that there will always be places where it is reasonable for only biological women to have access. Labour will defend these spaces by providing legal clarity to single-sex service providers".

After years of stubborn defence to the bitter end of transhumanist demands, Labour in England may have finally realised that, as the popular hashtag goes #LabourLosingWomen, on the trans issue are in real danger of losing the women's vote.

E first among the European left are starting to take cover.

Translation and adaptation by Maria Celeste

The text of The Guardian can be found here here

UK: marcia indietro dei laburisti sull'autodeterminazione di genere

Here instead aSky UK journalist Beth Rigby's -exhilarating- interview with Stonewall president Iain Anderson on trans rights and women. Pushed by Rigby, Anderson is in serious trouble.


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