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British newspaper publishes transphobic ad against trans self-identification

British newspaper publishes transphobic ad against trans self-identification

The ad by Fair Play For Women.

British newspaper published an ad promoting transphobia ahead of the consultation for the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) in the UK.

Metro has posted a full-page ad by Fair Play For Women, an organization advocating for women’s rights.

The association, run entirely by volunteers, defines itself as ‘an apolitical group of ordinary people from all walks of life who have come together to fight for women’s and girls’ rights’.

In the wake of GRA, they also say to be ‘concerned that in the rush to reform transgender laws that women’s voices will not be listened to’.

The ad

The ad features a slogan on a red background. It reads ‘Think about it’ and ‘#ChooseReality’.

At the bottom of the page, there is also the baseline for the campaign.

‘Say NO to Sex Self-ID, Say YES to common sense,’ the ad also reads.

Trans activist warns ‘gays and lesbians will be next’

The transphobic ad caused an uproar among the trans community.

British political activist Christine Burns MBE posted a picture of the ad on Twitter.

‘Friends – assuming I am addressing friends – the time for sitting on the fence in the “war on trans” is over,’ she tweeted.

‘It won’t blow over. This is an overwhelmingly asymmetric assault. You know that if they win this one then gays and lesbians will be next. This is not a drill,’ she also wrote.

‘I never thought I’d see targeted anti-trans attack ads in our papers. Eerily similar to “Keep Section 28” campaign,’ one user also tweeted.

GSN has reached out to Metro for comment.

Gender Recognition Act

At the moment, trans people have to endure a long and demeaning process to prove their gender identity.

Consultation on GRA might change that and allow trans people to self-identify themselves through a smoother administrative process. Moreover, non-binary identities will be recognized.

Started in July 2018, the consultation will last for 16 weeks.

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