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18th June 2020: Stephen Morgan The MP For Portsmouth South Supports Trans Rights

As quick as a flash Stephen Morgan writes to Liz Truss

Yet another MP, Stephen Morgan, who represents Portsmouth South, has written to Liz Truss concerning the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act (GRA).

Picked by the Speaker to ask a question in the house today sadly, he was unable to get his question answered within the time limits allowed.

But instead of waiting for another day he immediately wrote his question by way of a letter to Liz Truss requesting a "swift reply". I suspect he will have to wait for a decent reply, but Liz Truss is going to publish her proposals just before parliament breaks up for summer recess and then do a runner in the hope things cool down in the autumn. 

The urgency of Stephen Morgan's letter simply reflects the tremendous amount of opposition to any detrimental changes to trans rights.

The Gender Critical lobby who are clearly at fault for creating so much tension have no right to interfere in any changes in the GRA.

The Gender Recognition Act is about trans men and trans women not about cis men or cis women.

And while there is a case to ensure both trans women and cis women are always safe in selected women places such as prisons, refuges etc., there is certainly no valid reason to restrict access to cis only toilets or changing rooms. Unless of course there is overwhelming evidence on the day that any entrant (male or female) is up to no good. 

And on the balance of evidence from the fourteen countries that already have gender Self ID, this never happens.

And why should it? 

The bottom line is if a man wants to get access to a Ladies loo, it is just so simple.

He doesn't need to put a dress on he simply puts up a sign saying "Male Cleaner In Attendance", and he has immediate access to all the toilets available and no one...simply no one... will give him a second look.

So why all the fuss about trans people going to the loo?  

It is very noticeable that Stephen Morgan is yet another Labour MP anxious about the leaked changes to the GRA and his letter follows on from the comprehensive letter recently sent by Labour's Zarah Sultana; MP for Coventry South.

I am aware that LGBT Conservatives have made representations to the government over the Liz Truss statement on the 22nd of April and the recent alleged leak printed in The Sunday Times who have also organised a readers poll about this issue.

And do I trust The Sunday Times or their right-wing readers on this issue? No.

And indeed, why should I?

My gender is my gender, and I don't need the Sunday Times or indeed their readers to undertake new slanted polls when the government asked for a consultation and got I believe around 100,000 results, 70% of which are pro Self ID. 

So when the Sunday Times gets their foregone conclusion result no doubt we will have another transphobic headline and the government will want to quote the Sunday Times instead of the 70% majority who took the time to take part in the formal consultation. 

This is all so wrong.  


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