To All UK Transsexuals

(originally posted on Twitter 20/10/18)

As the GRA Reform consultation period comes to an end, we find ourselves in a precarious position.

Like or not, we have been thoroughly appropriated, and we must now fight for our place in society……and fight hard! And we’re gonna need help.

So if you’re like me, and sought to integrate with women, and men, rather than colonise them; have become sickened by the actions of TRAs, MRAs, and their sycophants, and want to preserve your existence, and the transsexuals of the future, then we Have to work together.

But we need some idea of what that future realistically looks like….and I’m not sure the one we all wanted [we just intergrate and get on with it] will be available: not if we want this mess fixed. However, it’s important to keep in mind our own older generation, and how all this impacts them.

We are who and what we are: I don’t see why that can’t be ok. We are transsexuals.

How we navigate the next phase of this debate will be crucial. We do have support out there so it’s not all bleak, but there may necessarily be sacrifice: be prepared.

No doubt there’s fear among us, and many will be uncomfortable, but this debate is bigger than we are, and has potential to alter how we define all of humanity moving forward: we need courage.

There are decisions to be made, and soon. I hope you, we, can come together,
in finding a way through this, and possibly help secure a safer, balanced, and secure future for us all.

Seven.

#IAmTranssexual
#AdultTranssexualMale
#AdultHumanMale
#StopTransAppropriation

What is “Trans”?

(originally posted on Twitter 11/10/18)

Is it just me, or is “trans” now pretty much devoid of meaning? When I started my transition, as far I was concerned, it was transsexuals who got to use “trans”…..now look at it! Look at the state of this umbrella! It’s a fucking riot!

As a result of our condition, we seemed to get a bit of protection that allowed us to go about our lives privately, and for a wee while, I thought it was working.

My understanding was we were either pre-op, post-op, or non-op. I “got” non-op for circumstances whereby the individual couldn’t get the op due to other underlying medical issues, but would otherwise be approved for it, and also for FtM where the surgery outcomes are less than favourable.

Now, while all that worked well in my head, the “proposing to undergo” part of the Gender Reassignment protected characteristic never sat right with me: how long is one allowed to be “proposing to undergo” before people start calling it out? See, I figured it MUST relate to the Real Life Experience, but I don’t think that’s actually explained. Besides, the Act specifically states “a transsexual person”. Now back to that stupid umbrella…

Now, it seems, the transvestites, cross dressers, and a growing list of various others, have appropriated not only transsexuals, but also Intersex people, in a crusade to “validate their identities”; plus, they want to remove all the the barriers in place that afforded transsexuals that little bit of protection, so they can get it too; but what is they want that for? Nothing good, it seems. Even though Self ID isn’t actually a thing yet, it seems to be in place already in many areas: and this has resulted in some of the worst excesses I’ve ever seen from the Trans-Activists and the powerful Trans-Lobby. Women receiving death threats; women’s meetings threatened with bombs; sex offenders claiming to be like me to get access to women in prisons, refuges/shelters, etc. Claiming to be “trans” to get on All Women Shortlists, and win prestigious awards for women…Philip Bunce is a part time cross dresser, nothing more.

I can’t take it anymore. For sometime now this has plagued my mind: I cannot have these people using me, my condition, to legitimise their excesses. I can no longer allow them to point to me as Justification for satisfying their fetishes and fantasies.

So yes, I did use female toilets, and occasionally used changing rooms, but I always did my best to be discrete as fuck: head down, do what you need to do, and go. I’ll concede I’ve been extremely naive about this and sincerely apologise for any distress I may have caused. I was genuinely just trying to plod on with the rest of my life; my head’s been in the clouds my whole life: I’m a dreamer.

However, for sometime now, I’ve been struggling with this: my presence is used as justification by others, and I can take it no more. The decision was brought to a head the other night, and from now on, I will be using male facilities: no more can I be used to legitimise the activities of TRAs! No longer can they point to me and claim that’s what they are.

So what does “trans” mean now? To me, nothing. It’s been stripped of any meaning it once had for me, and I’ll no longer use it to describe me or my experience. I am transsexual, that’ll never change, but “trans” is no longer adequate in describing me, since any fucker who throws on a bit of lippy seems to be able to claim it. So I’m abandoning it, I don’t know what I’ll use in its place; or whether or not it actually needs replaced…so from now on, I’m just Seven Hex.

I guess now it’s time to go big or go home, I choose go big! I doubt it’ll be easy, but if something needs done, it needs done! If transsexuals dump the term “trans” then it WILL lose its legitimacy, hopefully making it easier for women to successfully fight and win this gender war.

Peace out

Seven

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A Response

(originally posted on Twitter 13/07/18)

OK, I’m actually gonna take time to respond to this……even though I’m not a “terf”, I am “truscum” [nice] though…so, I’m sure I can offer something….

Firstly, turns out it was more than ‘a question’…..just sayin…

(link: https://twitter.com/ItsYaGurlGa…/status/1017091897943379972…twitter.com/ItsYaGurlGabby

The “end goal” is a society free from the constraints of patriarchy and gender. A society where, regardless of your sex, you are free to express yourself as you please; pursue any ambition you want, all free from discrimination and harassment. A society where women and girls no longer face oppression, are no longer at risk of sex based violence, and have full control of their reproductive rights.

There is a toxic masculinity pervasive throughout society, and it harms men too – the people you describe as terfs see this all too well, and have been trying to point this out the whole time! Why can’t a man put on a dress, heels, grow his hair, put on makeup, and still be a man? Why can’t a woman put on a suit and tie, Masculine shoes, have short hair, no makeup, and still be a woman?

As for transsexuals, the gender critical feminists [that’s the ones you call “terfs”] are some of our biggest allies! They’ve always understood there is a tiny number for whom the incongruence [with physical sex] is so bad, they go through everything up to AND INCLUDING surgery [where/when possible] to alleviate the distress – with those who did receiving an almost ‘honorary’, though understandably not full, place among them [women] – of course, there are/were always those who’ll never be “convinced”, as it were, that’s life. The problem is, that acceptance is all but ruined thanks to demands and actions of the trans-activists, motivated by a powerful Trans-Lobby, utilising an insidious gender ideology. But more importantly, Self ID [their goal] poses a massive risk to the hard won rights of women to protect themselves as a class.

It’s interesting to note: many transsexuals are opposed to Self ID – It feels right, and warm, and inclusive, but make no mistake, it’s a hegemonic invasion of women!

No, they don’t want concentration camps. They want feminine men to be comfortable that

they are men; for masculine women to be comfortable that they are women, free from any “social pressures” associated with their sex.

No, they don’t want anyone “killed off”, but on that note, the direction of traffic of death and/or rape threats is all one way – this cannot be denied, and the trans-activists are the guilty party.

You be honest, the people at risk here are women, with lesbians facing a particularly nasty onslaught: being coerced into accepting penis else they be labelled as hateful, bigoted, and transphobic.

Look, I’m transsexual, and right now, the only threat I’m feeling towards my existence is coming from the actions, demands and behaviours of the trans-activists, not from the gender critical feminists….ye know, the people you call terfs….

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Other (Part I)

(originally posted on Twitter 09/06/18)

Ye know, I’ve never felt I ‘fit’ in anywhere: the world’s always seemed strange…beautiful, but strange. I feel a bit of a passenger in my own life at times, wondering what the fuck is going on one moment to the next….I mean, I know WHat is happening, I often can’t figure out Why it’s happening……whatever “it” is…

I’ve come to realise I just don’t understand most people.

One of the things I pride myself on is my ability to change my mind; alter my opinion. People can be revered for having strong opinions they fight hard to defend, and won’t budge on, and while admirable, is it enough? See, I fully understand that any opinion I have/hold on a given subject/object/topic depends entirely on what I know, what I have experienced, and anything I can extrapolate from information available to me……and I fully understand, at all times, I could be wrong. If there is a piece of information I didn’t previously have, or a perspective I hadn’t considered, that if demonstrated, proven, or otherwise successfully argued, then I must include it in the formation of a new opinion; if this means doing a full 180 on a position I held, so be it.

Now, I thought this was reasonable of me; I thought this is what we’re supposed to do. Isn’t this how we learn from each other? Isn’t this how ideas and knowledge are advanced? Or is the right thing to block out information you don’t like, and relentlessly defend opinions formed on demonstrably incomplete, or bad, information..is this how adults function these days? ’cause I don’t know anymore..

What is an opinion anyway? A quick search and you’ll find it defined as:

But can an opinion be wrong? I believe it can be, yes, in one circumstance. Obviously most opinions can’t be wrong – “was that film any good last night?”, “it was terrible: just seemed to drag on!”

Many opinions are formed on a purely subjective basis, on personal bias…someone else may think the film was epic!

But what about opinions that require, in substantive part, objective analysis? Opinions that matter? On bigger issues that don’t just affect you? Issues impacting the welfare and safety of others who don’t have the luxury, safety or security you do? Where the implications are far reaching, and may go on to provide the social framework our future generations grow into? Opinions on science, politics, health, etc? Can they be wrong? Surely subjective analysis isn’t enough?

My opinion?

Refusal to: acknowledge or accept provable, objective data/information; put your personal bias to one side; consider alternative valid perspectives, is intellectually lazy and dishonest…and wrong. So many people do it..some who really should know better.

How on Earth do we progress as a species if the same arguments are had over, and over, and over, and over again? That creationism, for example, is still a thing, I find truly absurd.

It’s these opinions I believe are wrong: wilfully un/under-informed ones.

There is another, horrifyingly underused, option: “I don’t know”. This is actually my opinion on lots of topics…see, I also recognise instances where I either don’t know enough to reach any sort of fair conclusion, or have too much compelling and competing information on both or more sides to form an opinion I’m satisfied with; in either case, my opinion is [to the effect of] “I don’t know”. And I’m OK with this. It may be a difficult thing to do, depending, but I can be persuaded. I’ll ask loads of questions, play Devil’s Advocate even, and at some point I’ll also likely ask “can you prove that?”. Ultimately, I may then change/form an opinion, I may not, but I’ve listened, may even’ve learned something; I may also have altered the other person’s opinion……

16. You must understand at some point we all must accept truths we don’t like; truths we’re uncomfortable with – rejecting them only limits your understanding and you do yourself a disservice.

It Is uncomfortable at times – I do hold some opinions I’m uncomfortable with….but my integrity does Not allow me to overlook proof/evidence…or in many cases, lack thereof..

What is true is true whether I like it or not.

But hey, maybe I really am the one who has it all wrong…….not playing the game right…..?

After all, opinions are “not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”….right…..

Sure, but if they’re not, and wilfully so, what value do your opinions really have?…. As far as I’m concerned? No value: I’m not interested…aaaaand you’re wrong; why should anyone listen? All opinions are NOT created equal.

Sadly, too many people these days ARE intellectually lazy and/or dishonest; too many “Good Citizens” put their critical thinking skills on hold for what seems progressive, fashionable, right – often hidden agendas packaged in celebrity, fad, and propaganda; accompanied with a tendency to deride and castigate those not buying into it.

For too many, it seems, it’s just easier, sometimes safer, to just go with the flow…….but where does that lead us? I dread to wonder, and I certainly don’t want to go.

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Come Join Me In The Rain

(originally posted on Twitter 14/04/18)

As I’ve highlighted before, a constructive, well mannered and thoughtful conversation was completely torn apart over last weekend, with further spats throughout the week.

The hate definitely won that one, shit huh? It really was going really well.

Undoubtedly, as the disaster that is the push for Self ID unfolds, this is going to happen time and time again. It’s not nice, but it’s important we learn to ride it out, absorb it, learn from it, and maintain our resolve, if we’re going to move the conversation forward.

No one ever said earning trust and acceptance was going to be easy, and ask yourself: Do feminists have reason to be distrustful of transwomen (no space)? Sadly, the answer is yes. You see, we all now fall under this ‘Trans Umbrella’, apparently.

I’ve never been comfortable with this; I’ve never been happy that transsexual and transgender are somehow lumped together, with the definition of the former being absorbed and obscured by the latter.

Transgender, however, is also used to describe an assortment of identities from transvestites, non-binaries, polygender, pangender, and various others….the list grows…
But they’re not transsexual: they have absolutely no intention of obtaining SRS – indeed, many seem curiously, if not sometimes alarming, very pleased with their parts – in stark contrast to transsexuals who cannot reconcile with theirs.

Within the transgender community a sinister movement has been allowed to take root and grow. It has used the uncertainty and isolation of many in the trans community to foment a wave of hyper sensitive indignation. Many are whipped into such a frenzy words and meaning become meaningless, supplanted by a toxic, narcissistic and misogynistic narrative that rightly has many women deeply worried.

And for as long as transsexuals continue to agree to be covered by this umbrella, you can expect to be viewed with the same suspicion as those using it to forward their agenda.

I don’t put myself under the Transgender Umbrella, and to all the transsexuals under there, and others sceptical about Self ID and the Trans-Lobby, I ask you to step out from under it a moment, come join me in the rain.

Like me, many of you have come to terms with, and accepted who and what we are. How many times did looking at yourself in the mirror and saying “you are what you are” as you sigh with resignation, get you out the door in the morning? We know what we’re not, and accept that! We accept that we’re as close as we’re ever going to get, and move on from there. I know I’m not a real woman, I’m a transwoman. We transition to make our lives liveable, then move on into the world and live it. But do we wonder about those who claim to speak on our behalf?

We seem to have taken our eye off the ball here. Before I go on I’d like to tell a bit of a story: I have a number of friends who are great guys: caring, loving, live and let live types – hell, they’re friends with me! Thing is, they’re in the Orange Lodge. One once complained he didn’t like it when people at the side of the road jeered them, shouted at them. He’s a nice guy, why are people like that? I reminded him that while he, as an individual, is a beautiful and kind young man, they don’t see Him, they see and react to the collective. It’s the collective message, narrative, attitude, behaviour, they rail against.

So what messages, narratives, attitudes and behaviours are coming from your ‘collective’, this ‘trans umbrella’? What do people see from outwith? Should women be concerned?

The message seems progressive enough: Self ID will make it easier for those to obtain the legal recognition of the gender they identify with. But scratch the surface and something deeply ugly can be seen.

For how many of us, have we received support and acceptance from the women in our lives, because we’ve ‘been through the process’? I have. That we’ve been through the process has granted us some space allowing others to get to know us better, understand us, and empathise with our struggles and challenges. This process is sacred to us.

But what happens if there is no process?

Self ID proposes to remove it all, and replace it with a “straightforward administrative process”. Take a moment and let that sink in. Who benefits from that? You? No, you don’t. Fetishistic and misogynistic men do.

These people have seen the protections and rights we have, and they fucking want it too, but they can’t go through the process: they’d get found out, and they certainly want to keep their junk. They want access to women and womanhood – their claims to out-women women are shocking and alarming. The narrative supporting all this suggests that no one has anything to fear, and any opposition is transphobia and hatred. Is this true? Can allowing Anyone to obtain legal recognition as the opposite sex really be safe? Eh, no!

They claim no one will fraudulently claim a trans identity to access vulnerable women, but this has already happened, several [update: many many] times.
I remember seeing a thread, 30+ tweets, each with 4 pics, with a brief narrative of each, detailing crimes against women perpetrated by a “trans woman”. I wish I could remember who posted it; I’m sure someone’ll recognise it – if you do, could you please link it in the comments? Not to mention the recent case with @Skepticat_UK still very fresh in our minds.

There are many safety concerns with Self ID: access to women’s shelters and refuges; the prison estate; records and statistics; access to scholarships, programs and shortlists in place to increase female representation; sex based protections; the list could actually go on..

Can it really be a good idea to open all these up to just ‘anyone who identifies as a woman’? What, I wonder, can their behaviour tell us about what to expect?

What does the open death and rape threats against concerned women tell us of their intent? What does it say about their attitude to these women? Many of whom have suffered the horrors of rape and DV – some even victims of FGM too. What does the “cotton ceiling” tell us of their attitude towards lesbians? The demand they open their sexuality to include penis, lest they be labelled TERFs and transphobes? What does the no-platforming and silencing of women’s groups tell us of their desire for open discourse and debate on these important issues?

This fantastic thread, from @fedupfemme, I believe illustrates much here, very well: (link: https://twitter.com/fedupfemme/status/930279352775921664…twitter.com/fedupfemme/sta

It all tells us quite a lot, really, well me anyway. It tells me that Self ID isn’t the progressive, well meaning piece of legislation it’s touted to be. To me it looks very much like the manifesto of a hegemonic cult set on the erasure of the female sex class, and an intent to supplant it with a gender class – which, of course, they would rule, ’cause men do ‘woman’ better, right?

Can you see why women are concerned?

Ask yourself, does any of this represent you? Do you identify with this attitude? These behaviours? I’m betting no. Do you wonder how they feel able to make the claims they do? How they can say trans people are safe? How they can say no one will fraudulently claim to be trans? I’ll tell you how: you.

The transsexual identity has been hijacked and its meaning increasingly diluted. They use your identity to legitimise their agenda.

Now I’ve never considered myself to be under this ‘trans umbrella’, but for as long as you stay under it, they’ll continue to use you for their own ends.

I need to go back now, others and I are working hard to build something new. But please, stand out in the rain a little longer. When the time comes, and it will, we will urge to join us – but please know, if you decide to go back under that umbrella, I can’t help you.

Seven.

(special thanks to @womaninnate & @shushingcults)

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So, I don’t have a GRC.

(originally posted on Twitter 23/03/18)

So, I don’t have a GRC, shocker, right? Not really. My passport and driving licence are changed, and they’re all I need to get around. You could argue I could get my birth certificate changed, but why would I do that? Firstly, I’m a bit of a historical puritan. A healthy male child was born – yeah ok, there were/are a few anomalies, but otherwise, yeah. Secondly, it in and of itself represents a legal fiction anyway, so who cares?
The GRC is a misnomer: you want to change gender: change your clothes, modify your behaviour and your mannerisms, and BOOM! Job done. My issue was with my sex, NOT my gender. Call it a Sex Recognition Certificate and I’d be interested. For me, the RLE, the psych evals etc, leading up to, and including surgery, was a rite of passage. This is what society expected – this is how I fulfilled my burden of proof. The surgery has been a huge success for me, and I’ve never looked back. I understood the need for all this – checks and balances.

Self ID turns this on its head.

Predatory males already abuse this and slip through: to suggest that pushing the checks and balances back ’til AFTER any “Event” won’t encourage more is a bit naive.

So how did we get here: how has this been allowed to happen? Language, that’s how. Since the GRA.

There’s a lot of linguistic manipulation going on: the conflation of sex and gender from the GRA; the obliteration of women’s language accompanying Self ID (if FGM being called ‘transphobic’ didn’t Peak you, dunno what to tell you, you’re a fucking moron). Another piece of language impacted is ours, transsexuals’. At some point, don’t know when and don’t know why, the term ‘transsexual’ became “Outdated”. So what happened? I reckon it was co-opted, absorbed into the more nebulous term ‘transgender’, then deliberately pushed into obscurity by the TRAs. But why? Well, again I reckon, it was simply to reinforce the conflation between sex and gender.

Their control over language is critical to their cause [cult] – just look at what happens when you challenge the narrative – the case of @ThePosieParker should be ample in highlighting this. A quick one on trans kids: I find it odd that, after centuries (maybe?), doctors came to the sensible conclusion of adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach with intersex kids. But a kid picks up the “wrong toy”, wants the “wrong clothes” and they’re scooped up and transed before they can say “But I like the tractor too…”, or something.

The sad truth is there are many transsexuals involved with the TRAs. TSs are generally mentally quite fragile, particularly early in transition. TRAs are able manipulate this fragility to foster a deep, albeit misguide, indignation: they point at what GC fem’s say – “See what they think of you. See, they’re trying to erase you. This is war”. The obfuscation of the term ‘transsexual’ prevents them from separating themselves out of it……..”Nah mate, that’s YOU they’re talking about”.

Self ID is not only toxic, it’s dangerous. The very fact it’s essentially being forced through with dissent heavily punished, should be enough to raise the hairs on your, well, everywhere. Violence and intimidation surrounds Self ID, fuelled by some of the most sickening misogyny I’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter. Women see this, as do many TSs and TGs.

Women are rising, and thanks to the efforts of Venice Allen, now suspended ffs, 
@Womans_Place_UK, and a great many other radfems many more women and men are becoming aware of the true nature, scale, scope, and extent of the erasure of women as a sex class, that will become possible should Self ID be fully implemented.

What I believe we need now, is a cohesive, united, transsexual and ally front/group/thing. Across twitter I have, albeit it somewhat slowly, encountered more and more TSs, and TGs, who are also deeply worried about the implications of Self ID. Our affinity is with women, we feel connected to women, and we experience a largely peaceful life thanks to the good grace OF WOMEN! Understandably, women, and men, who see the assault on them, coming on the horizon, are pushing back, hard. Sometimes their language can seem harsh, but actually, I’ve found many radfems to be the warmest, and most inclusive people. But we [TSs&A] need to do more.

We’re genuinely small in number, and we’re quite dispersed, I think. Moreover, many TS support networks are tied up in “their” shit, we need something new. The formats #waronwomen and Womans Place UK used worked really well, something similar could be done.
We need something to get behind, to unite our efforts and give us direction; @sushingthecult previously suggested #takebacktheT, possibly that. There are so many like us out there, lost and in need of some beacon that tells them they’re not alone – @dad_gc sent one my way earlier

We are small, but we must make our presence big, work with our radfems sisters to bring and end to this madness. Bring about a platform where we take back control of our language, prevent women’s language being co-opted, absorbed, then discarded, just like ours was. I have a neo-vagina, women have vaginas. There is nothing “female” about a penis…..that’s why I got rid of mine.

I have no idea how to bring this about: I’m not well resourced nor well connected. Suggestions are welcome, and the sooner this gets underway, the better.

Ideally this would be up and running, and ideally done(ish) before schools go back after summer.

So yeah, that’s me, just in time, it’s still tomorrow…

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