Cathy Brennan is a lesbian activist based in Maryland who has worked on resolving the tension between gender identity and women’s rights since the mid-1990s. This is an interview from August 2018 regarding her work to create the Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft, the first women-only lesbian feminist religious organization to be granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
Following Cathy Brennan’s notice that she no longer wished to run this site, we on the board of the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) offered to maintain Gender Identity Watch as a community resource and historical record. We appreciate the many years of effort Cathy undertook to warn women of what was coming as gender identity doctrine gathered the force of law, though this has been neither safe nor popular.
We would also like to thank the other volunteer contributors who’ve kept Gender Identity Watch going over the years, including those volunteers who’ve said they want to continue writing here. It’s our intention to preserve the site as a place to document ongoing developments in female legal erasure, and the abuses of the male-centered gender identity movement.
In closing, and with our thanks, we share Cathy Brennan’s statement on these changes:
“In 2012, I started Gender Identity Watch because it was abundantly clear that transgenderism was a tsunami devastating the rights of women and girls, and it would be important to understand how that wave grew. Additionally, very few of us were publicly objecting to transgenderism. So, we captured as much as we could, drop by drop, using all volunteer labor. I am grateful to hand the blog off to trustworthy stewards as it has become necessary for me to devote my energy to other endeavors. Also, the need to the blog is not as great as it was because hundreds of women are now saying out loud ‘transgenderism hurts women.’”
A group of trans activists in New Zealand organizing in under the name “Trans Dignity Collective” submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health, proposing that references to a patient’s biological sex be omitted from medical records because the concept of biological sex is “derogatory” to trans people. Even a field for “biological sex recorded at birth” (and presumably fields for “gender identity” and “pronouns”) is “particularly bad as it implies a fixed concept that cannot be changed.” It’s almost like they understand that biological sex is a material reality one can’t simply identify in or out of. Imagine that. Continue reading “Trans Dignity Collective (New Zealand)”
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (“BACP”) recently issued new guidelines for counsellors defining “woman” and “man.” BACP has since apologized for suggesting that being a woman “means adhering to social norms of femininity, such as being nurturing, caring, social, emotional, vulnerable, and concerned with appearance.” Continue reading “British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (U.K.)”
The Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (“the Commission”) recently issued a proposal reviewing the “legislation in relation to the recognition of a person’s sex, change of sex or intersex status.” See Project No. 108. The Commission has recommends “leaving gender off birth certificates, as well as adding a third official option of non-binary.” Although the discussion paper expressly notes that “not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female,” the Commission further recommends that a sex classification be held on “a confidential state register,” and allowing a person to apply to the registrar for a “proof of sex certificate.”
Read the Commission’s full discussion paper here.
The Commission is seeking public feedback until October 19, 2018, which may be submitted here.
Western Australia is considering leaving gender off birth certificates
Ryan Kreut is a man who identifies as a woman named Lisa Kreut. He also identifies as a “transsexual dominatrix & sex worker rights activist” named Hailey Heartless (“real name, no gimmicks“). Kreut is an autogynephile who spends his time creating misogynist content that fetishizes women. Continue reading “Ryan ("Lisa") Kreut (Canada) @sadisthailey”
Michelle Lynne Kosilek, a 68-year-old man that identifies as a woman, recently filed suit against the Massachusetts Correction Commissioner to receive taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery and transfer to the MCI-Framingham women’s prison.
Previously known as Robert Kosilek, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his wife.
This latest lawsuit by Kosilek arrives at a perfect time in the court of public opinion as well, because on election day Massachusetts voters will decide whether to repeal an update to the state’s non-discrimination law. The update barred discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations such as bathrooms.
Kosilek is the poster-child for why the state’s residents should in fact vote to overturn the law and protect women.
Michelle Kosilek Files Lawsuit In Bid For Sex Change Surgery, Transfer
Shawn Thomas Hallett, 38, of Texas was arrested for voyeurism in South Carolina after using his cellphone to create a video recording of a female occupying the adjacent stall in the women’s bathroom. The incident occurred in a QuickTrip convenience store. Hallet was dressed in female clothing and a wig.
Despite numerous men having been caught committing nefarious acts in female bathrooms and locker rooms, a 2017 CNN article coauthored by transgender woman Dani Stewart claimed: “Anti-discrimination protections covering gender identity have been around for years, and there is no evidence they lead to attacks in public facilities.”
Police: Man wearing wig, womens’ clothes caught filming video of victim in ladies restroom
The female gender identity of 19-year-old Kadin E. Moore caused a stir among confused crime news readers after some of Portland, Oregon’s media outlets identified Moore as a woman in their reporting of an incident at a local park. The confusion arose because the accompanying mugshot showed Moore with a beard, Adam’s apple and stereotypical male haircut.
Moore was arrested and charged with menacing after pointing a fake handgun at a group of three people.
A casual glance of the news coverage shows local news outlet KATU2 described Moore as a woman. Likewise, KOIN 6, an affiliate of CBS also described Moore as a woman. FOX12 avoided the fray altogether by simply describing Moore as a suspect. Pamplin Media, however, bucked the trend and identified Moore as a transgender female.
On August 10, 2018 the New Zealand Governance and Administration Committee issued a report on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, recommending that the bill be passed with proposed amendments. The bill reenacts the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Act of 1995, and contains the following proposed amendments, among others: Continue reading “Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill (New Zealand)”