Alyx is getting drunk on a boat somewhere so this week you have me (Michelle Snow) covering for her. Here’s the last week’s big stories!
As a result of two parliament petitions surpassing 100,000 signatures MPs got together in Westminster hall to debate whether the Equality Act should be amended to define sex as purely biological. Anti-trans activists argue that this would ‘clarify’ the act despite the act already being pretty clear about trans inclusion.
The debate was, of course, horrific to watch. Most MPs (almost all being Conservative) stood to spout how they were not transphobic but believed that ‘clarifying’ trans protections out of the Equality Act was a great thing. Thankfully it appeared that the government plan on ‘going slowly’ according to women’s minister Maria Caulfield who pointed out that the Equality Act currently allows excluding trans people in limited circumstances.
Tuesday: Outrage at Joanna Cherry MP ‘rolling eyes’ at trans person’s suicidal thoughts (CN – Scottish Daily Express article)
During the debate on Monday it was noted by many in the community that infamous anti-trans SNP MP Joanna Cherry rolled her eyes when fellow SNP MP Kirsty Blackman read a message she received from a suicidal trans person.
This speaks for itself, whilst Cherry and her defenders claimed that it was inappropriate to bring up the subject of suicide in a parliamentary debate, it’s clear that trans people’s lives are not high on Cherry’s list of important matters.
Sustain Health reported that trans women will be banned from competing in women’s competitions. This comes after a spate of trans bans across multiple sports across the globe including many in the UK.
This particular ban is harsher than most other bans in that it explicitly bans anyone who wasn’t designated female at birth from competing in women’s competitions.
In other words: this is banning trans women explicitly because they are trans.
PinkNews reported data from Scotland’s prosecutions service that showed a stark increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people. According to the new data the number of transgender hate crimes reported has dropped by a third since the previous year, compared to a decade ago the number has more than doubled from 25 to 55.
Anti-trans hate crimes have been on the rise in the UK for many years now, but there is some hope with these new numbers that possibly in the future they will start going down. But considering how the moral panic rumbles on, we wouldn’t bet any money on that.
One of WTT’s favourite and most surprisingly useful news websites, Retail Gazette, reported that home improvement chain Wickes is facing a boycott from anti-trans customers.
This whole thing started last year when Wickes ran a float at Pride in London that displayed their support for transgender people. This latest flare up came up after Wickes COO Fraser Longden said that transphobes were not welcome in Wicke’s stores.
Not going to lie, it is really good to see a brand not back down to the ongoing moral panic. Budweiser could learn something from Wickes.
Take That haven’t exactly been relevant for years but this was the big story on Saturday.
Has been pop-star Howard Donald liked a bunch of anti-LGBT crap on Twitter, was dropped as a performer at Nottingham Pride. He gave a hollow apology…
…and I just stopped caring. Next.
CM Punk is a big name in professional wrestling and during a recent show for wrestling franchise AEW he made it clear that he expects his fans to defend trans youths. According to a report by PinkNews the wrestler grabbed a sign from the crowd stating “defend LGBTQ+ youths”, and gave a speech defending the LGBT community.
Professional wrestling isn’t exactly known for its support for our community, but maybe that is about to change.
The moral panic rolls on, but there is some hope. A drop in Scottish anti-trans hate crimes, support from Wickes, a well regarded wrestler and MPs standing up for us in parliament are things to cling onto.
And every moral panic has to end at some point.