After two months I finally got reply from him or rather the cabinet secretary to whom he had forwarded my and another constituants letter. Its full of the usual platitudes and patronising bull, spectacularly missing the point. Eg insists we have nothing to fear as single sex services will be retained such as refuges and then go on to say these services already are often inclusive of transwomen who do not have a gender recognition cert. Frankly it makes me wonder why I bothered writting at all. Anyway theres three pages of it which I dont want to type in here but if anyone can tell me how to easily post it on this thread Id be happy to.
"As someone who has worked with many survivors of violence over the last two decades, I am terrified – both professionally and personally – about the impact of self ID on ensuring safe spaces are available to women who have experienced and are escaping male violence. Even without the legal changes to the GRA, gender inclusive policies are already happening in many areas, these changes are ahead of the law and already upon us. Moreover they do not appear to be slowing down.
Organisations in the VAW sector can use the Equality Act 2010 for the protection of female-only spaces and I absolutely think we should. I’ve worked with so many female survivors of violence who have been left terrified of men, and who relied on female-only support to heal from the trauma they experienced. The sex-based nature of the crimes they’ve experienced necessitates this being women who share their histories, experiences, vulnerabilities and, yes, biologies. So it is right that VAW-service providers have a strong case to make for protections that enable them to employ and provide access to women on the basis of their sex.
However, to say this right now and to explain why self-ID is feared to be problematic for VAW services opens us up to attack and our ability to continue delivering services that we know change – and even save – female lives."
Well done. It seems to be a common theme for our MSPs to bodyswerve this issue.
I'm keeping a Scottish spreadsheet of all responses so would really appreciate if you could pm me the name of your MSP if you don't post it on here.
I would say it's definitely worth trying to have a conversation with him, and do request that he pass on your concerns to the appropriate Minister (Angela Constance) - he has to do this.
And don't forget you've also got 7 other regional MSPs to contact too!
So far it's a pretty dismal picture in Scotland. There is one MSP, a Conservative, definitely in agreement with us. A few more can see some possible concerns maybe, and a few more again reserving any opinion until ScotGov publishes its proposals.
BetsyM00 Thanks. Yes I will pm you. No he didnt offer it, he never does. Just passes on. I think I will try to meet him though i would guess he will toe the party line. He voted for the gender representation thing.
I would highly recommend meeting your MSP in person you will be able to have more relaxed convo and they don't have the fear of having something in print! All MSPs are waiting for the results of the consultation (June) so are unwilling to support either side publicly until then.