As we wave goodbye to the year just gone and the start of a new beginning to a new year, it is time to reflect on what was a very troubled year. A year that has seen far right populist parties gain power – starting last January when Trump took office as the 45th President of the USA. His retrograde policies reflect a view of the world which benefits the rich and penalises those who are poor.
Similarly in the UK, we have a political system which is broken and whose carcass is being picked apart by those on the far right wing of politics after their lies and distortions of the truth led to a bitterly divided nation which is stagnating because of weak leadership in our political parties. It has been shown that ‘trickle down economics’ is a broken system as the super rich individuals that this system creates do not spend more in the country that gave them their money, they take their money out of the country into tax havens and salt it away. Yet still they try and persevere with rhis economic model. They have so much wealth now that they even sue our national institutions when they fail to win yet another contract like Richard Branson did recently over a health contract he lost to another bidder. Taking yet more money away from our cherished NHS to salt it away in his tax haven.
In the US, there has been a very visible push back against transgender people, with the appointment of a far right judge to the US Supreme Court and the increasing anti-transgender legislation from schools to the right of trans people to serve their country in the military. In this fair country of the UK, promised legislation about better access to healthcare, improved treatment of transgender people held in prisons to the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) has seemingly been kicked into the long grass because of lies and misrepresentation of the issues facing transgender people in the right wing media. These lies and misrepresentations are reminiscent of the campaign which led to the introduction of the ill-famed Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act which stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work.
Some left wing so called feminist groups have aligned themselves with elements of the far right media in order to distort the truth and create a problem where there simply isn’t one. Transgender women have been using female only spaces without any problems for decades now – from the 1950’s onwards (and even earlier). Following on in the footsteps of the far right evangelical Christian movement in the US who raised the spectre of men invading female toilets intent on rape and sexual abuse of women and children when there have been no recorded instances of this in order to pass their so called bathroom bills, these small groups in the UK are using the same tactics to try and block any reform of the GRA. The fact that similar legislation in Eire, Norway, Denmark, Malta and Argentina have resulted in no increase in transgender people sexually abusing other women in female only spaces matters little to them.
Yet, through all this and despite not having any platform except for personal blogs like this one and a few articles in more leftish newspapers, transgender people refuse to bow before this onslaught against our very existence. In the words of the old gospel hymn, “We Shall Overcome” – and we will, we always have. We refuse to be driven back into the darkest recesses of the closets which we once inhabited and the lesbian feminists who are trying to do this should look back at their own history and be ashamed of what they are trying to do.
One of their prime targets are transgender children and they vilify the parents of these children, accusing them of child abuse yet fail to see or comprehend the damage that is being done to children by denying them their identity. One only has to look at what happened to Leelah Alcorn just three short years ago – or David Reimer much further back in time. This year alone there have been four known suicides of transgender children known to Mermaids because of the difficulties caused by society which has been stirred by media hate. So who is really responsible for child abuse – supportive parents or the hateful rhetoric espoused by these groups which include non-experts like Stephanie Davies-Arai of Transgender Trend.
Let us hope that all this hate starts to diminish in a new beginning for 2018 so that transgender people can start living in peace with their friends and neighbours and that this vile campaign against us stops.
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