There have been some questions raised about my support for Trans rights in New Zealand that I would like to clarify.
Personally, I have supported and participated in LGBQTI protest for equality for over 40 years.
I am absolutely committed to ridding workplaces of all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including against Trans people.
I fully support finding ways to empower all oppressed groups in society to fight for their liberation.
The articles I recently posted (all but one written by Trans authors from the left) raised some specific issues that I believe should be considered when changes are made to legal definition of a person’s sex: how those changes may impact on women-only services and spaces, exceptions to the Human Rights Act which currently allow discrimination on the basis of sex and the impact on data gathering in areas such as crime, employment, pay, and health statistics – and monitoring of sex-based discrimination such as the gender pay gap.
There are undoubtedly practical solutions to these issues that can be put in place without undermining the rights of individuals to identify and live their lives as their chosen gender identity without discrimination, regardless of their physical status. I understand and agree that the fundamental rights of Trans people to that choice is not something that needs to, or should be, debated and it was absolutely not my intention in any way to imply that by sharing the articles yesterday.