Equality for trans people must not come at the expense of women’s safety

Originally published at Politics.co.uk by Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

A fortnight ago the women and equalities select committee, chaired by Maria Miller MP, published a report on transgender equality. It examined the discrimination experienced by transgender people in the UK and made a number of recommendations on issues including health, social care, education, the criminal justice system, and current equalities legislation.

Few people outside of the trans community paid much attention to the report – perhaps unsurprisingly, as despite the committee’s vague estimate that there are 650,000 people in the UK who are “gender incongruent to some degree”, this is still very much a niche issue affecting a minority of the population.

But one group was paying attention. Enter stage left the perennial villain of the transgender story: the radical feminists, who for no discernible reason but their own bigotry and mean-spiritedness want to rain on Maria’s trans-inclusive parade. At least, this is the story as Miller tells it.

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