A Report from Edinburgh on opposition to transphobia.
(content warning: mention of sexual abuse)
News from a Sister in Edinburgh....
Edinburgh Sisters Uncut called a demo last Wednesday to protest Trans Exclusionary 'Radical Feminists'
(aka TERFS). There has been a sharp rise in transphobic 'feminist' activism around the proposed Gender Recognition Bill(GRA) legislation ,which will give more rights to the trans community, with the TERF organisation A Women's Place currently doing a tour of the UK . A meeting held in Glasgow was praised by two publications of the Scottish Independence movement- The National and Bella Caledonia ,who appear to now be showing their true colours. Reaction follows reaction.
TERFS appear to be popping up all over the map with TERFS in the governing party of Scotland, Scottish National Party , in the Green party , in the 'working class party' Labour party and Women's Equality Party.
After the channelling of some 'psychic powers' to discover the venue, the assembled activists(many anarchists and anti-authoritarian leftists among them) of Sisters Uncut, Edinburgh Action For Trans Health, Edinburgh Antifa and others gathered outside the meeting place of the TERFS at Out of The Blue Drill Hall in Leith. For those who don't know Out of the Blue is a local arts and cultural space which often hosts political meetings including in the past meetings involving two of the aforementioned groups. It did up until now have a fairly good(ish) reputation among the Edinburgh Left, though they did once nearly invite a speaker from SWP who was involved in the Comrade Delta Rape cover up scandal a good few years back, until threats of protests saw the speaker quickly no-platformed.
A noise demo ensured that the protesters outside the hatefest couldn't be easily ignored. Attempts by the TERFS to provoke the activists into a confrontation failed. Local residents who talked with the activists were sympathetic and unconcerned by the noise.
With two police cars and a van standing by to arrest anyone stepping out of line , the pigs were on hand to escort the TERFS out of the building just like they do with the fascists. This help from the police was later celebrated by the transphobes,the irony being lost on them that they were protected by the patriarchal capitalist state and its thugs- the very same thugs who killed Sheku Bayou and who have sent officers in to infiltrate social movements and sexually abuse women in deceitful manipulative emotionally abusive romantic relationships as part of the Spycops operation.
All in all it seems to have been a success with TERFS being so riled up they are spilling bile all across facebook and other social media and the TERF Vonny Leclerc who writes for the National, has penned a 'we're all friends here' paean to bigotry disguised as 'reasonableness' with Out of the Blue seemingly retreating to the liberal defence of "free speech" (aka open season for bigots)
Edinburgh Sisters Uncut are demanding that Out of the Blue publicly apologise for hosting TERFS and donate all money raised during the TERF conference to Edinburgh Action For Trans Health.
Edinburgh Sisters Uncut write,
"We are fighting for the safety of all our siblings, not just our cis-ters, and are in solidarity with the movement for trans liberation. Transphobia and transmisogyny are violent: 4 in 5 trans people have experienced domestic abuse and 2 in 5 trans people have experienced a hate crime in the last 12 months. We demand that The Out of the Blue Drill Hall give the money made from the event to Edinburgh Action for Trans Health and make a public apology".
To put pressure on the venue Edinburgh Sisters Uncut are asking for people to show their fury with the venue by giving them a 1 star review on Facebook. Even without a comment will do.