Most critically, the topic of sex-segregation. Does that go away in a transgender world?
Radical Feminist: Transgender Activism Is a 'Men's Rights Movement'
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kara Dansky, a feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women's Liberation Front (WoLF), spoke against the so-called "Equality Act" at the Heritage Foundation on Monday, denouncing the transgender and gender identity movement as anti-women and anti-lesbian in particular. Her remarks echoed the London Pride March sign declaring that "Transactivism Erases Lesbians."
"This is a men's rights movement — this is really a men's rights movement," Dansky declared, calling for men to stand up for women and denounce the transgender movement.
"Overwhelmingly women have been resisting this," Hacsi Horvath, a man who once identified as a woman and underwent surgery, said a few seconds before Dansky's remark. "And it's really shocking how many men on the internet are defending the whole trans thing. Straight men are all about the trans, and you have to wonder what the heck is going on."
Horvath agreed with Dansky in condemning transgender activism as a "men's rights movement," and Julia Beck — a lesbian and former member of the Baltimore mayor's LGBTQ Commission — nodded in agreement. Beck had been kicked off of the commission for opposing transgender identity.
"I got kicked off of the Baltimore mayor's LGBTQ commission — as the only lesbian — simply for stating biological facts," Beck said. "I was found guilty of 'violence.' My crime? Using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns."
"It doesn't matter that he sexually assaulted two women in a women's prison after being transferred there on account of his 'gender identity.' Oh no, it is far more criminal for me to call a male rapist 'he' than it is for him to rape," Beck argued.
Adding insult to injury, "the man who led my inquisition also identifies as 'transgender.' He is the president of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and claims to be a lesbian," she added, bitterly. "I find that almost funny because everything he does makes life for women, girls, and lesbians worse."
"The meeting made one thing crystal clear: Inclusivity means all voices are welcome, except women's, except lesbians'," Beck said. "Everything is about the T now, entirely eclipsing the L, G, and B. The T is diametrically opposed to the first three letters in the acronym, and especially to the L."
The exiled lesbian argued that gender identity is a regressive social movement. "Sexualities are based on sex, but gender identities are based on stereotypes," she said. "Girls who play with trucks and like the color blue, boys who play with dolls and like the color pink, children with autism ... children who would likely grow up to be happy gay adults are now being sterilized for defying sex stereotypes."
"We are losing an entire generation of sisters to this madness. That's why it's personal," Beck concluded.
Lesbians, in particular, have spoken out about transgenderism, because many less effeminate women are considered likely to be trans, rather than accepted as lesbian women. This makes transgenderism a form of "conversion therapy."
But Kara Dansky spoke out against transgender identity being enshrined in the law. If the "Equality Act" — which she called the "Women's Erasure Act" — becomes law, "gender identity" will become a protected class in federal civil rights law. This would effectively erase protections for women and girls, the WoLF spokeswoman argued.
"If sex is construed to be gender identity, what that means is that nearly all sex-segregated spaces — colleges, sports, dormitories, and women's rights in general — will utterly disappear. They will completely disappear," Dansky declared. "It means effectively that women and girls will no longer exist as a coherent category worthy of civil rights protection, and that is an absolute disaster."
She shared the story of WoLF's lawsuit against the Obama administration, which attempted to redefine Title IX — which outlaws discrimination on the basis of sex in education — to include "gender identity," effectively erasing civil rights protections for women. WoLF dropped the lawsuit when the Trump administration reversed the directive.
Many liberals champion transgender identity as a sign of societal progress, but Hacsi Horvath, the former transgender, argued that "internalized misogyny or internalized homophobia" often contributes to transgender identity, especially from female to male. He also emphasized the lack of a strong scientific grounding for gender identity.
"If you look at it very critically, you can see right through the spin. The science is complete junk and people go along with it because they don't know how to assess bias in a study," Horvath argued.
Jennifer Chavez, a member of WoLF's board of directors, read the stories of exasperated mothers whose children identified as transgender. When the mothers sought expert counsel, psychologists repeated the transgender narrative, rather than delving into deeper issues. In many cases, counseling to affirm a person's biological sex is outlawed. Some parents have even lost custody of their children for disagreeing with transgender identity.
The swift cultural embrace of transgender identity struck each of these women by surprise and horrified them. The idea that this movement would be considered "progressive" or friendly to homosexuality is utterly anathema to them.
Beck argued that transgender activists "undermine and erase homosexuals."
"People are not attracted to genders, yet every lesbian I know has been pressured to accept males into our dating pools and dwindling spaces. In order to validate their gender identity, men who call themselves trans women try to break the 'cotton ceiling,' which refers to lesbians' underwear," she noted, bitterly. This added further weight to the claim that transgender activism is a "men's rights movement."
Yet opposition to this movement is stigmatized into silence.
"The completely illogical statement that 'trans women are women' is recited like a Big Brother mantra in every Leftist space," Beck declared. "No one really believes it, but saying so will jeopardize your career, your community, and your life."
Beck, Dansky, and Chavez only spoke at the conservative Heritage Foundation because no liberal organization would welcome them, despite the fact that they are liberals — radical feminists!
These radical feminists received a standing ovation at the conservative Heritage Foundation on Monday. Their bravery in speaking truth to the Left's increasingly intolerant orthodoxy inspired an audience that would normally grimace at the idea of siding with homosexual activists. Denunciations of the transgender movement as a "men's rights movement" resonated with an audience prone to be sympathetic to the men's rights movement's fears that boys struggle more in school.
This event showed that liberals and conservatives can indeed agree on specific issues when opposing the Left's stultifying and oppressive attempts to silence dissent.
Note: The original version of this article misidentified Kara Dansky as a lesbian. She is not, and we apologize for the error.