A collective of women, including two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson, have signed an open letter in support of trans rights.
The actor signed the letter penned by Rhiannon Spear, a Glasgow City Councillor and Chair of Scottish charity Time for Inclusive Education (TIE).
The letter calls to put an end to attempts to ‘roll back the rights that trans people already have’.
‘The conversation has to change’
78 women, including Thompson, musician Lucy Spraggan, MSPs Gail Ross and Rona Mackay, are amongst the signatories. Moreover, MPs Mhairi Black and Hannah Bardell signed the letter.
‘…trans people have played an integral role in every civil rights movement to date; from LGBT equality to women’s causes,’ the letter reads.
‘Attempts to airbrush trans people from conversations regarding equality and human rights, or to exclude them from advancements for LGBT and women’s rights, have happened before,’ it also continues.
‘Such efforts may have re-energized, but they are nothing new, and we say as a collective of women: they are not representative of us. We support trans rights.’
The letter also highlights the role of media outlets in reporting on trans issues fairly.
‘Trans people continue to face unlawful discrimination and violence. Routine misinformation and sensationalism is contributing to a cultural climate where this is legitimized. This has to stop.’
‘Journalists, commentators, and publishers have a central role to play in ensuring Scotland is a welcoming and inclusive place for trans people,’ the letter continues.
‘The conversation has to change.’
Thompson wrote a powerful MeToo letter
Thompson made headlines recently for pulling out of a film produced by Skydance studios. Production had hired former Disney creative director John Lasseter, accused of sexual harassment.
She also penned a powerful letter explaining to Skydance why she was leaving the project.
‘It feels very odd to me that you and your company would consider hiring someone with Mr. Lasseter’s pattern of misconduct given the present climate,’ Thompson wrote in the letter, published in the Los Angeles Times.
‘If a man has been touching women inappropriately for decades, why would a woman want to work for him if the only reason he’s not touching them inappropriately now is that it says in his contract that he must behave “professionally”?’