Change petition in place to remove all GC voices from Twitter

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MummBraTheEverLeaking Wed 17-Feb-21 23:33:47

Wondered why 'transphobia' was trending on twitter, saw lots of links to a petition basically calling ANY gender critical account to be booted off Twitter!!

Words of the petition below (and it is VERY wordy!) Apparently if you're GC in the UK on twitter you've got hundreds of fake accounts on the go and are part of a huge sinister network too! Must have missed my invite to that then grin

They're most likely shouting into the void but if Twitter even gives this a nod and it ends up going the way of reddit (GC = no, some fucked up porn discussions = a ok) I blummin despair.

Twitter,

Over the last year the world has become a hotbed of transphobia, largely as a result of your platform and a lack of moderation and oversight.We are a group of Transgender people and their allies and today we are here to ask you to put an end to this.

Many Transgender people are leaving twitter as we cannot bare the Hatred and abuse that is directed at us on your platform from so called “Gender Critical” people. The latest to leave being Munroe Bergdorf, one of the most visible and respected members of our community.

Transphobic groups have been growing rapidly on your platform, many of them originating in the UK for the purpose of harassing our media, politics, education and healthcare influencers. They have now created a large network of fake accounts with which to spread their hate throughout the rest of the world. They have been allowed to attack and denigrate us. They have been allowed to stir up hatred. They have been allowed to openly mock us. Twitter has largely ignored the rising tide of hatred directed at our community from your platform.

During this pandemic Transphobic groups have flourished on twitter, making an already difficult situation for our small community even harder. This is no longer an issue of free speech, this is no longer a political debate, this is no longer a disagreement of ideas, this is an assault on our community and our lives that is severely affecting our health, our happiness and our wellbeing every single day.

The effect’s on the mental health of the Transgender population around the world during the pandemic are staggering. Wait times on the NHS in Britain have been extended up to five years. Youth must now go to court in order to receive life saving puberty blockers. The media has become so hostile that many of us feel destitute. This is largely a direct result of your inability to remove this disinformation and hatred campaign from your platform. Our small community is being decimated by the relentless bullying on social media by “Gender Criticals", besetting a barrage of attacks upon our community while we have no recourse of protest during lockdown. These disagreements have now spilled from twitter onto the streets of our cities, with Transphobic graffiti and signs being placed in public bathrooms, changing rooms, and on streets not just in the UK, but internationally - all clearly using the language of this twitter mob. This hatred is bleeding into and now seeding itself in most other western countries. We cannot let this hatred keep spreading.

These groups have created a coded language in order to mask their transphobic bigotry in plain sight and avoid the ban hammer. So far it has worked exceedingly well in the UK. We stand accused of being misogynists and homophobes simply for being who we are. This is a recurring theme among these groups, spouting bigotry while simultaneously launching claims that we are in fact the bigots simply for being ourselves. They may call themselves Gender critical but how is this any different from Race realist if the outcome of their hatred, however coded it may be, is the same. They have manufactured a climate of hatred and disgust, pitting feminism and gay rights against the Transgender community in an attempt to tear our communities apart and isolate us. They bully us. They relentlessly hound anybody who so much as mentions our community without disparagement. They advocate for conversion therapy for trans youth. They claim we are mentally ill and confused. They call our life saving surgery mutilation. They use the names of our past lives against us. They seek to agitate by referring to us by pronouns they know will upset us. They search for photos of before our transitions that they can laugh at and degrade us with. They spread disinformation and lies about our community, framing us as child abusers, perverts and sexual predators. They claim we are part of a conspiracy theory, manufactured by large corporations to sell medicine. They eviscerate any trace of us from our own history. They trivialise and laugh at our days of remembrance. They work every day to make our lives harder and harder. They claim censorship and cancel culture if we talk about them. They sue us if we call them Transphobic. They deny us our dignity and seek to erase us by claiming that who we are, which we cannot change, is a dangerous fiction.

Over a year ago Reddit took appropriate action to address the issue of rising transphobia on their platform under the “Gender Critical” guise, those same groups moved their bigotry to twitter where their hatred has been allowed to flourish unhindered and with renewed energy. Twitter has largely ignored this rising tide, we believe now it is time to put an end to the dog whistle politics and stirring up of a torrent of hatred and abuse towards our small community. All of us believe in free speech, robust debate and an open democracy. This however is just Transphobia repackaged for the mass market and it is effective in convincing the laymen that we are a threat to society.

There are several accounts, growing in number each day and hiding behind faux feminism and gay liberation to promote Transphobia in Britain and across the globe. I would very much like to link them here, however these groups have decided on a joint strategy of extreme litigiousness and I fear reprisal at their hand. This is just further evidence of how sinister these groups have become, so much so that they will attempt to sue anyone who criticises them.

These are Hate groups by any other name, verifiably so and we call upon you to act by ensuring that we are not victim’s of their hatred on your platform where it appears that for sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia and religious prejudice there is one set of rules but for transphobia there is another.

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MummBraTheEverLeaking Wed 17-Feb-21 23:36:41

No longer a disagreement of ideas, no longer a political debate?

Hang on, wasn't the tagline NO debate?

Can't go past the point of debate if you weren't allowed the debate in the first place 🤷‍♀️

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Floisme Wed 17-Feb-21 23:42:51

Good grief - that's like Adrian Mole on acid.

Usagi12 Wed 17-Feb-21 23:47:13

I can't even read it all, I just can't even be bothered to counter what they say anymore. It's drivel, just kick me off twitter and be done with it 😩😩😩

MummBraTheEverLeaking Wed 17-Feb-21 23:47:41

@Floisme gringrin

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Usagi12 Wed 17-Feb-21 23:48:12

The people worth following on twitter are getting fewer and fewer anyway!

MiddlesexGirl Wed 17-Feb-21 23:52:46

I can't be bothered to read it all either but it seems to me there's a bit of .... what's the word .... when someone claims you are doing to them what they're actually doing to you.... whatever that word is .... going on.

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Usagi12 Wed 17-Feb-21 23:58:00

@MiddlesexGirl

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MenopausalCrone Thu 18-Feb-21 00:00:16

The abuse these kids give out and yet....

MostIneptThatEverStepped Thu 18-Feb-21 00:06:30

Such a load of badly written self centred drivel...I'd be surprised if Twitter took that seriously but you never know these days.

Akire Thu 18-Feb-21 00:07:41

Do they ever read Twitter? All other forms of ism are out? And only poor them? As a Disabled adult I can assure them Disablism
Is alive and well on Twitter and everywhere else.

fakenina Thu 18-Feb-21 00:24:37

How do you 'feel destitute'?
surely you are either destitute or you are not? do they understand how words work?

fakenina Thu 18-Feb-21 00:28:05

Also what the hell is a 'race realist'?

the mind boggles

Akire Thu 18-Feb-21 00:28:43

Is the media really hostile? It’s just been LGBTQT month loads big companies have been proudly waving the rainbow flag and changing their logos, this doesn’t happen for Black history month or Disability history month (bet no ones every heard of it!)

BitterAndOnlySlightlyTwisted Thu 18-Feb-21 00:34:11

It looks like it was written by a poorly-educated 15 year-old if the spelling and punctuation are anything to go by.

I smell desperation

Xoxoxoxoxoxox Thu 18-Feb-21 00:42:33

I would very much like to link them here, however these groups have decided on a joint strategy of extreme litigiousness and I fear reprisal at their hand. This is just further evidence of how sinister these groups have become, so much so that they will attempt to sue anyone who criticises them.

How very convenient.
If you could only link them people could read the torrent of hatered and abuse of which you speak.

yourhairiswinterfire Thu 18-Feb-21 00:47:30

I would very much like to link them here, however these groups have decided on a joint strategy of extreme litigiousness and I fear reprisal at their hand. This is just further evidence of how sinister these groups have become, so much so that they will attempt to sue anyone who criticises them.

Assuming they're worried about being sued for libel, it's not libel if what you're saying is true...

So if someone won't present their evidence because it's highly likely they'll be sued for libel, that tells us everything we need to know about that 'evidence'. (It rhymes with 'Shullbit').

unwashedanddazed Thu 18-Feb-21 00:59:58

Some people have an over-developed tendency to catastrophise. I suggest more fresh air and actually talking to other people (not online) might calm them down a bit.

Whatsnewpussyhat Thu 18-Feb-21 01:09:34

Funny how they accuse others of their own tactics.

Let's start a campaign for twitter to ban all the TRA'S who send death and rape threats to women and all the paedophiles that don't even bother to hide behind cutesy avatars.

PatsArrow Thu 18-Feb-21 01:17:12

This reads like one massive toddler tantrum.

As a PP said, this just looks like a desperate panic.

fakenina Thu 18-Feb-21 01:19:31

The ridiculousness of youth.

BuntingEllacott Thu 18-Feb-21 01:25:47

Sorry. I just couldn't get past the random apostrophes and the claim that the petition authors feel 'destitute' because of media hostility.

Inigo Montoya is muttering something about 'I do not think it means what you think it means...'

youkiddingme Thu 18-Feb-21 01:28:38

."All of us believe in free speech, robust debate and an open democracy."

Eh?

Fallingirl Thu 18-Feb-21 01:36:58

So...

J. K . Rowling = hate filled bigot who should be kicked off

People tweeting graphic rape and death threats at J. K. Rowling = honky dory robust debate

WhatWouldPhyllisCraneDo Thu 18-Feb-21 01:39:46

The effect’s on the mental health of the Transgender population around the world during the pandemic are staggering.

Of course the mental health of anyone who isn't trans has positively flourished over the past year hmm

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