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Has anyone got a good MP letter they can share about gender issues?

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HTKB Wed 06-Dec-17 06:53:33

I have written to my MP about it, but it was fairly short and I did not receive a reply tbf there was a GE going on at the time. I really want to write but not sure where to start. If anyone has a good powerful letter I can tweak and send I would be grateful.

MissBax Wed 06-Dec-17 08:50:15

I'd be interested in one too!

QuarksandLeptons Wed 06-Dec-17 09:00:44

Hi HTKB & MissBax,

I have one which you can use. It probably could do with a ruthless edit as it’s very long. I ran out of time as it took me months to write it!

I can email to you if you DM me.

I previously copied it into another thread here:

But have corrected some typos / errors since then and the one I can send you by email is a word document so easier to edit / format

ShotsFired Wed 06-Dec-17 09:10:35

I also wrote a lengthy one which I can try and dredge up - I took parts from many of the excellent threads on here a the time and posted it here before sending.

I am just gearing up to send a follow up, again cribbing from lots of threads here, even down to some of the brilliant language used, word for word! (I am thinking my main approach now will be to point out how J Corbyn is so pro trans everything, as my MP is staunch Tory so this will just give him perfect opposition ammo)

Thelilywhite Wed 06-Dec-17 11:32:12

I wrote one. Will see if I can find.

Thelilywhite Wed 06-Dec-17 11:39:24

Here is mine not sure how up to date info is or if links still working.

I am writing to you again regarding the review of the Gender Recognition Act, as Maria Millers bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons on 24th March.
In most instances I am happy to support the right of transgender people to live as they wish and I am aware of the challenges they face. However I am of the opinion, along with many other women, that our interests and those of girls are not being represented in the debate about transgender equality. Therefore I would like you, as my MP, to take a stance for your female constituents.
Firstly,regarding the matter of self-declaration to legally change gender. This is far removed from the current system when, if a person wishes to change their legal gender they must be over 18 and be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. They also have to have lived in their desired gender role for at least two years, and intend to do so for life. Unfortunately the Committee’s report called for the removal of all three of these criteria.
It is this proposed self declaration that troubles me most ,as if this should become legally binding in law anyone could legally become a member of the opposite sex, without the need for any form of social or medical transition. Therefore,any man could claim transgender status to gain access to sex-specific spaces and services, whether he genuinely thinks of himself as a woman or not and no matter how he dresses. This could include men who are attracted to women ( or girls), transwomen who have not had full surgery (currently about eighty percent) or men who are AGP. Questioning his motives would be classed as a hate crime under the Equalities Act 2010. Therefore self declaration will put at risk women in prisons,psychiatric wards, hospitals, womens refuges and even competitive sport.
In certain situations society obviously distinguishes between biological men and biological women for reasons of safety, dignity, privacy and fairness and so there are serious problems with biologically born men 'identifying' as women
Redefining “sex” (a biological reality) to mean “gender identity” (a subjective feeling) makes men legally indistinguishable from women resulting in the independent legal existence of women becoming non-existent. This means the safety of women and girls is compromised and male violence can be hidden by being attributed to women. Furthermore all kinds of discrimination against women and girls become invisible. The prison service is one area where this becomes very clear. Maria Miller’s recommendations would mean that any man convicted of rape has the right to be housed in a women’s prison just by self-identifying as a woman. Therefore, it is clear to me that these proposals place female prisoners at an intolerable level of risk. Maria Miller has denied any clash of rights but there are already numerous examples of violent males being housed in female prisons, for example Lauren Jeska and possibly Lisa Hauxwell. I have included some links at the bottom of this letter which I feel are pertinent.
My second concern is around the increasing number of children and young adults seeking treatment for gender dysphoria. This is often based simply on a preference for toys, clothes and behaviours usually associated with members of the opposite sex and which are stereotypical. I am fearful about the effect this push towards the concept of ‘gender identity’ will have on childrens and young adults mental and physical health. Particularly worrying is the prescribing of possibly dangerous puberty blockers .
The vulnerability of women occurs because of biology, not identity. This is why sex is a protected characteristic under the Equalities Act 2010. The implications of replacing biological sex with self-identified gender are far reaching. There must be careful consideration, including a full impact assessment before any changes are made. I am of the opinion that this has not happened. I am asking you to take these points into consideration and work to find a solution for trans-gender people that does not have a detrimental impact on the safety of women’s and girls, nor on their hard won achievements such as in sport and careers.
I hope I have been able to help you understand that women are not being transphobic when they raise concerns about these changes as Maria Miller implied, but have real and valid concerns.
Yours Sincerely

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