Women Angry About Transgender People Entering Their Changing Rooms

Published June 25th, 2018 - 10:02 GMT

Women will continue to have the right to exclude transgender people from female-only changing rooms, lavatories and swimming sessions, ministers have pledged.

In an apparent change of direction, they said the rights of those who 'identify as women' would not be put ahead of those who are biologically female.

The announcement comes in response to concerns over plans to allow transgender people to legally change their gender without having to undergo medical checks.

Feminists fear it could have unintended consequences such as allowing predatory men to masquerade as transgender to enter women-only spaces.

But a statement from the Government Equalities Office yesterday promised that 'advancing the rights of trans people does not have to compromise women's rights'.

It comes after a string of controversial incidents in which women have complained about transgender people being allowed into female-only spaces.



In one case, a woman who requested a female nurse to perform her cervical smear was called in by a person with stubble.

In another a woman who feared men was locked in an NHS women's psychiatric ward with a burly 6ft transgender patient.

Some feminists have hit back with protests. In one, a group of women who were assured they were welcome to swim as self-identifying men at Hampstead men's pond in London arrived in 'mankinis' but were escorted away by police.

Yesterday's Government statement said: 'We are clear we have no intention of amending the Equality Act 2010, the legislation that allows for single-sex spaces.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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