New rules are coming, and others have input
Above: misleading advice from the Allsorts Toolkit
There was a palpable air of optimism yesterday as UK feminists and gender critical activists made the hashtag #GenderWooWoo trend on Twitter. After a series of victories, many British opponents of gender ideology say they feel the tide is turning, especially in education policy.
During April, the Crown Prosecution Service withdrew their transgender “anti-bullying” guidance pack for schools after a 14 year-old girl brought a legal challenge, claiming the advice undermines key rules of consent.
Based on the advice of Stonewall UK and Gendered Intelligence, the CPS guidance also “reinforced sexist and homophobic stereotypes, curtailed free speech and made female students feel unsafe in schools,” according to Safe Schools UK, which represents the anonymous girl.
Another series of victories has taken place at the local level. Just this week, Doncaster and Denbighshire joined the local councils of Shropshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Barnsley, and Kent in dropping their transgender guidance during the month of May.
Parents and students resented a policy capture that took place outside of any public debate and with little public comment. Based entirely on the work of gender lobby groups instead of child psychologists or development experts, these guidance documents defied best practices in child safeguarding. Some passages even smacked of grooming.
Confronted by a “trans child” in their spaces — not just their restrooms and locker rooms, but also their sports, and even overnight accommodations — children were supposed to swallow any discomfort and parents were to be kept uninformed.
Now, those policies are being withdrawn in one locality after another thanks to a citizen lobbying effort by Safe Schools UK. With the Equality and Human Rights Commission preparing to issue uniform guidance for the whole country, there is no reason for local councils to stick up for these policies.
— ShropshireReSistersrealnameWendyJohnson (@SResisters) May 13, 2020
Saxby says the issues with local education policy all trace back to a “Trans Toolkit” that she has criticized for years now.
Created by an LGBT youth organization called Allsorts, the document presents the Equality Act of 2010 in a misleading way to create a false impression that the law does not mandate single-sex spaces for women, or exclude men from them.
“We are defending rights already in the law,” Saxby says. Those rights have been consistently misrepresented by the gender lobby, however.
In one egregious example of how sneaky they can be, an LGBT organization called EqualiTeach published transgender “anti-bullying” guidance for schools that bore the logo of the Government Equalities Office.
But the material did not represent actual government policy. After queries from the public, the GEO announced on May 1 that the guidance would no longer carry their logo.
While no one can be sure what the EHRC decision will look like, activist Helen Saxby says there is reason to hope for a better policy outcome than the last time the Commission spoke on these issues.
Whereas the EHRC had previously relied on the advice of Stonewall UK, an LGBT organization now derided by LGB activists for elevating transgender issues, Saxby thinks “it will be a lot harder to get away with” any shenanigans because the Commission is listening to feminists, child advocates, and parents now, too.
Previously, “a lot of decisions have been made behind closed doors,” she says with a grin.
Things won’t be so easy now. “I’m hoping they have a difficult time.”