• Heather Paterson

Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) | The campaign for LGBT-inclusive education in Scotland #Educatet

Proud to have put my signature to the following open letter and be amoungst the company of such great women on #InternationalWomensDay supporting trans communities.

Open Letter and Signatory List - Last updated 6th March 12.00

We, the undersigned, are a large and diverse group of women who are committed to ensuring that trans people feel welcome and safe within our society. Recently there has been a rise in ill-informed articles and commentary, where writers have continually insinuated that trans women are not women.

These same pieces misrepresent current legal statutes, equalities policies, and public attitudes in Scotland.

Since 2004 the Gender Recognition Act has realised, in law, the rights of trans women as women and trans men as men.

Since 1999, the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations and then the Equality Act (2010) have recognised, in law, the right of the trans community not to be discriminated against on the basis of their gender reassignment.

The right of trans people to access gender specific services is an already settled legal matter.

Many national and regional news outlets routinely fail in their pages to recognise this legal reality.

Instead, it is our perspective that some writers rely on recycling outdated arguments in an uncomfortable attempt to shoehorn trans identities into much needed conversations about gender based discrimination and violence.

We believe that national conversations about gender-based discrimination and violence are necessary, however these conversations should not in any way attempt to roll back the rights that trans people already have in Scotland, nor spread misinformation.

In the Scottish Government's recent public consultation on reforming the Gender Recognition Act (2004) a majority of respondents supported gender self declaration, as well as recognising non-binary people.

As a collective of women, we urge that trans-exclusionary writers do not suggest that their narrow and archaic arguments are in any way representative of the women of Scotland.

They do not speak for us.

This is not an issue of Freedom of Speech.

Both sides have a plethora of platforms to outline their position.

However, it is imperative that these platforms should not be used to spread misinformation or misrepresent the law or the facts in this area.

When this conversation is reduced to allegations of "shutting down debate" whenever misrepresentation or misinformation is challenged, the result is to purposefully discount the position of many women - like us - who support the trans community.

We will be heard.

Trans people have played an integral role in every civil rights movement to date; from LGBT equality to women's causes.

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.

Such efforts may have re-energised, but they are nothing new, and we say as a collective of women: they are not representative of us.

We support trans rights.

Outlets and commentators have an ethical responsibility to consider the impact of their reportage, analysis and commentary particularly on the mental health of trans young people.

Recently, data from Stonewall Scotland revealed that over half of trans people considered ending their lives last year.

Trans people continue to face unlawful discrimination and violence.

Routine misinformation and sensationalism is contributing to a cultural climate where this is legitimised.

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 conversation has to change.


Rhiannon Spear, Chair of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) and Glasgow City Councillor

Tiffany Kane, Vice Chair of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) and Operations Manager at Common Weal Dame

Emma Thompson, Double Academy Award Winner

Laura Waddell, Publisher and Writer

Dr Jennifer Jones, Independent

Rosa Zambonini, Communications Manager to Member of the Scottish Parliament

Cllr Jennifer Layden, SNP Councillor for Calton

Dr Claire Askew, University of Edinburgh

Laura Wylie, Sexual Violence Prevention Worker at the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Dundee and Angus)

Sinead Daly, CEO of the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Dundee and Angus)

Christina Neuwirth, Writer

Kate Adair, SQIFF

Eve Livingston, Freelance Journalist

Kelly Given, Equalities & Mental Health Advocate

Jennifer Constable, Journalist

Rachel Hamada, Journalist

Leona Jack, Gender Based Violence Practitioner

Angela Haggerty, Journalist

Lynne Davies, Foster Carer

Amanda Stanley, Freelance Podcast Producer

Kaite Welsh, Author & Journalist

Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston

Sarah Masson, or Co-Artistic Director of Shift, Shift Theatre

Fi and Charlotte Duffy-Scott Co-Owners, Category Is Books, Glasgow

Claire Biddles, Freelance Writer

Erin Hardee, Schools Outreach Organiser School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

Dr Pat Cullum BA (Hons) DPhil FRHistS, FHEA, School Co-Ordinator for Student Experience, School of Music, Humanities and Media, University of Huddersfield

Gail Ross MSP, SNP Member of Scottish Parliament for Caithness

Dr Eleanor Janega, Guest Teacher at the LSE

Cllr Kim Long, Green Councillor for Dennistoun

Cllr Eva Murray, Labour Councillor for Garscadden/ Scotstounhill

Cllr Christina Cannon, SNP Councillor for Springburn/Robroyston

Cllr Martha Wardrop, Green Councillor for Hillhead

Bailie Christy Mearns, Green Councillor for Anderston/ City & Yorkhill

Cara Spence, Head of Programmes, LGBT Youth Scotland

Amy Irons, Broadcaster

Hannah Pearson, Queer Feminist Campaigner

Rebecca Crowther, PHD Social Science Researcher

Susan Ross, Police Scotland

Jane Friffin, Head of Partnerships, LGBT Youth Scotland

Michelle Sodo, Head of Operations, LGBT Youth Scotland

Nicola Booth, Head of Youth Work, LGBT Youth Scotland

Bridget Bradley, Teaching Fellow, The University of Edinburgh School of Medical Anthropology

Naomi McAuliffe, Scotland Programme Director, Amnesty International

Gayle Telfer Stevens, Olivier Award Winning Actor

Jen Ang, Lawyer and Director, Just Right Scotland

Lisa Clark, Senior Communications Officer, Children in Scotland

Mhairi McMillan, Solicitor, Logans Solicitors, Cumnock

Margaret Logan, Women’s Aid, Support Worker

Dr Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Research Associate

Rona Mackay, SNP MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden

Hazel Marzetti, PHD Student, University of Glasgow

Pam Currie, EIS FELA President (Personal Capacity)

Fiona Robertson, SNP's National Women's and Equalities Convenor

Katherine O’Donnell, Journalist

Christine Burns MBE, Equality Campaigner and Author

Lucy Spraggan, Musician

Leeze Lawrence, Producer, Editor, Filmmaker & Trans Advocate

Helen Nugent, Journalist and Editor of Northern Soul Janet Coulson, Actor and Creative Director of Firebrand Theatre

Paris Lees, Writer and Broadcaster

Marlene Zwickler, Agent and Producer

Elena Soper, Feminist and Activist

Mhairi Black MP, Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Dr Lindsay Clark, Post-Doctoral researcher

Jackie Brock, Chief Executive, Children in Scotland

Joanna Murphy, Chair, National Parent Forum for Scotland

Louise Oliver, Actor and producer

Lady Mary Hope, Lady Hope of Craighead

Audrey Barnes, Campaigns & Programmes Coordinator at YWCA Scotland

Jemma Tracey, Senior Participation Officer, Children in Scotland

Laura McGlynn, University of Glasgow

Bailey McCormack, Event Coordinator and Freelance Performer

Emma Rogan, Senior Policy Officer at Children in Scotland

Róisín McKelvey, Feminist PhD Researcher

Janine Ewen, Queer Feminist Violence Against Women Campaigner

Miriam Brett, International Finance Project Manager

Mhairi Hunter, SNP Councillor for Southside Central

Sarah Currier, Feminist Blogger

Dr Caroline Scott (Constituency Office Manager for Nicola Sturgeon MSP)

Elizabeth Thomson, Campaigner at Amnesty Scotland

Cass Macgregor, Scottish Green, NHS Physio, PhD student GCU

Molly Mulready, Lawyer

Wendy Jordan, Community Development Officer

Hannah Boyle, Writer and Journalist

Dr Alexi Drew, Post Doctoral Researcher in International Security at King’s College London

Caron Lindsay, Scottish Lib Dem Spokesperson on Housing and Social Security

Emma McDougall, Learning & Events Co-ordinator, Children in Scotland

Rachel Thomson, Chair of YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement

Sinead Collins, Social Care Worker

Lauren Toner, Senior Case Worker to a Member of the Scottish Parliament

Sarah Higgins, Volunteer Sexual Violence Support Worker

Lisa Ward, Sexual Violence Prevention Worker, Shetland Rape Crisis Non Executive Director, NHS Shetland

Carole Anderson, Chair, SWAN- Scottish Workplace Networking for LGBT People

Ruth Aylett

Professor Bissie Anderson, Journalism PhD Researcher

Cllr Mary Campbell, Green Councillor for Portobello/ Craigmillar

Cllr Lynne Short, SNP Councillor for Maryfield and Dundee City Convener of City Development

Dr Rosemary Leslie, Veterinary Surgeon

Cat Smith, Artist

Ciara Maguire, Committee Member of the Scottish Queer Film Festival (SQIFF)

Michelle Cameron, Student and Feminist

Rececca Rae, Student and Feminist

Cllr Susan Rae, Green Councillor for Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Sophie Cameron, Author

Patricia Johnston, Member of Scottish Labour Edinburgh Northern and Leith CLP

Jess Yuill

Annie Wallace, Feminist, Activist and Actress

Lesley Smith, Documentary Maker

Susan J Rae, Women’s Support Worker

Professor Tanja Bueltmann, Historian & Citizens’ Rights Campaigner

Leyla Josephine, Poet and Theatre Maker

Melissa Jennings, Author

Nicole Kipar, LEADS, University of Glasgow

Kiera Wilkins, MA student of Central European University

Cllr Julie McKenzie, SNP Councillor for Oban North and Lorn Ward

Cllr Debbi McCall, SNP Councillor for Penicuik

Allie McGregor, Representative of Amnesty UK Feminists and Queer Feminist Campaigner

Val Waldron

Sara Lucia Carbonara, SEN Teaching Assistant

Susannah McWhirter, LGBT Activist

Hannah Nicholson, Writer and Performer

Cllr Elspeth Kerr, SNP Councillor for Drumchapel / Anniesland

Sarah Thoms, Campaigns Manager

Madeleine Fenner, Writer

Alexandra Butler, Personal Capacity

Eilidh Thomson, Teacher

Esther Curran, Artist

Claire Black, Therapist & Counselling Coordinator LGBT Health & Wellbeing

Juno Dawson, Bestselling Author

Lynsey Morgan, Secretary of PCS Union in Scottish Government and Member of Glasgow Feminist Collective

Chloë Minish, Political Advisor to Patrick Harvie MSP

Katie Sproull, Co-Founder & Co-Convener of Glasgow LGBT+ Interfaith Network

Carly Bell, Member of Scot-Pep

Jennifer Maybanks, Trans Ally

Jamie Munsey, Actress and Feminist

Lorna Kelly, Research Scientist and Feminist

Tomiwa Folorunso, Writer and Content Creator

Rohanie Campbell, Youth Worker and Sex & Relationship Educator

Julia Stachurska, SNP Students National Equalities Officer

Catherine Burton, Chair of Race Equality First

Katie Fisher, Programmer

Andrea Baker, Mezzo-Soprano and Creator of Sing Sistah Sing!

Lorna Ward, Scottish Bi+ Network

Dr Penny Haddrill, University of Strathclyde

Dr Chloë Kennedy, Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh

Kathryn Pierce, Founder, Somewhere EDI

Patrycja Kupiec, Director of YWCA Scotland - The Young Women’s Movement

Stella Hervey Birrell, Writer and Poet

Emma Walker, Mental Health Spokesperson, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Lisa-Marie Ferla, Journalist and Blogger

Dr Marie Mathers, NHS Lothian LGBT+ Staff Network

Mel McKenna, Disability Advisor

Tara Hewitt, Director Purple Infusion, Founder NHS Trans Staff Network and Co-Founder Trans Equality Legal Initiative

Emily Benita, Writer

Kirsten Salzer-Frost, Engineer

Lorna Low, Midwife, Mum and Lifelong Feminist

Cass Macdonald, Diversity Officer, North Edinburgh and Leith Liberal Democrats

Rachel Plummer, Poet and Writer

Suzanne Martin, Small Business Owner

Sarah J Stanley, Artist and Musician

Tia MacFarlane, Personal Capacity

Kate Jarman, Director of Corporate Affairs, Milton Keynes University Hospital

Hannah Burke, Press Officer

Karen O’Kane, Primary School Teacher, Mother and Feminist

Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Children in Scotland

Jo Swinson MP, Member of Parliament for East Dunbartonshire and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Sophie Duncan Shepher, PhD Student at Strathclyde University

Michelle Brodie, Teacher and Mother

Jean Oberlander, Designer and Researcher

Dr Helen Boden, Independent Literature Professional

Nathalie McDermott, Cheif Executive of On Road Media

Cllr Claire Miller, Green Councillor for Edinburgh City Centre

Amy Timms, Social Care Worker

Cllr Maureen Child, Labour Councillor for Portobello/ Craigmillar

Madeleine Swann, Writer

Jess Harris, Private Capacity

Mae Mackay, Healthcare Support Worker

Julia Vidania, Youth and Community Development Officer, LGBT Youth Scotland

Felicity Tolley, Environmental Consultant

Ann Marriott, Partnership Manager (East), LGBT Youth Scotland

Erin Jarvis, Political Activist & Scientist

Lauren Wards, Office Manager to Alison Thewliss MP

Katy Lees, Writer and Psychotherapist

Rebecca Lenagh-Snow, Personal Capacity

Megan Kirkaldy, Teacher

Dr Lena Wånggren, Dept of English Literature, University of Edinburgh

Shirley-Anne McMillan, Author of YA Literature

Kirstyn Smith, Marbles Mag

Cait Gordon, Art and Design Teacher, Feminist and LGBT Ally

Lucy MacKenzie, Architect

Erin Slaven, Assistant to Member of the Scottish Parliament

Catrìona Macdonald, Festival Project Manager

Jan Birley, Businesswoman & Author

Louise Wylie, Journalist

Vicky Walker, Programmes Manager LGBT Youth Scotland

Jenny Biddle, Musician

Mags Hall, Scottish Green Party Fife Branch Co-convener

Jess Manson, AUSNA Vice President and Law Student

Maggie Trevelyan, Teacher and Quaker

Kate Nevens, Freelance Facilitator and Researcher

Alycia Pirmohamed, Writer & PhD Student

Sorcha Dallas Gray, Personal Capacity

Katy Wilkinson, Medical Student

Zelda Bradley, Support & Development Manager, Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service

Cailyn McMahon, National Women’s Officer, Young Scots for Independence (SNP Youth)

Beth Cloughton, Feminist and Intern at Young Women's Movement

Janis McCulloch, Press Officer, Mum and Feminist

Kirsten Wilson, Senior Cataloguer, National Library of Scotland

Dr Eleanor Formby, Reader in Sociology and Youth Studies

Alison Murray, Illustrator

Sharon Shaw, Pop Culture Podcaster

Jo Edwards, Head of PR and Co-founder of World Tree Agriculture

Cllr Michelle Campbell, SNP Councillor for Erskine & Inchinnan

Caitlin Rennie, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Psychological Research Methods (Child Development)

Maxine Cairney, Feminist, Activist, Young Women Lead 2018-19, YWCA, Young Women's Movement and Single Parent

Ailie Rutherford, Artist

Lori England, Writer

Melanie Simms, Professor of Work and Employment, University of Glasgow

Lorna Slater, Co-Convener Operations Committee, Scottish Greens

Cllr Fiona Sarwar, SNP Councillor Perth and Kinross

Ruth Gilbert, PhD Student, University of Glasgow

Sharon Cowan, Professor of Feminist and Queer Legal Studies, Deputy Head of School, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Cllr Paula Coy, SNP Councillor for Elgin North in Moray

Jennifer Anderson, Artist

Emily Liddle, Equality Campaigner

Emma Goodlad, Fund Manager for the Self Management Fund for Scotland

Dr Sadie Ryan, University of Glasgow

Alice Dowhyj, Librarian Victorian von Rintelen, Law

Student Aileen McKay, Tutor and Writer

Natasha York, Mother

Dr Barbara Gribbon, Analytical Chemist and Mum

Lisa Sangster, Support Worker

Debbie Montgomery, Arts Facilitator

Ashley Dee, PhD Student in History at The Open University

Sarah Anderson, Youth Worker

Ceridwen Ball, Youth Worker at LGBT Youth Scotland

Ashley Morgan, Occupational Therapist

Jaime Walker BA (Hons), RGN

Pamela Ferry, Secondary school teacher

Christine Jardine MP, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West

Cllr Catriona Mackenzie, SNP Councillor for Torry/ Ferryhill

Laura Moodie, Co-Convenor of Dumfries & Galloway Greens and mum

Anna Hodgart - Theatre Producer

Louise Bailey, Mother of two

Claire Birkenshaw, Centre for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Education, Leeds Beckett University

Cllr Karen Davis - Norwich City Council, Cabinet member for Social Inclusion

Rebecca Harrison, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and Director of Glasgow Feminist Arts Festival

Emma Flynn, Postgraduate Student & Feminist Activist

Fiona Keay, Rainbow Greens Rep, Scottish Green Party.

Nicki Welsh, Prison Officer

Hannah Bettsworth, Former Co-Chair of Scottish Young Liberals

Jennie Rigg, Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems Zoe Storrie, Personal Capacity

Sabrina Sigler, Journalism Student

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Center North Pam Duncan-Glancy, Labour Party Candidate in Glasgow North & Human Rights Campaigner

Elizabeth Lewis, Student, Writer and Edit

Penny Andrews, Writer and Researcher

Cllr Fiona Dryburgh, Labour Councillor for East Kilbride South.

Angela Anderson, Bi+ Glasgow Peer Support

Imogen Michel, Aerial Performance Rigger

Emma Leach, Research Director

Mata Durkin, President, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University

Courtney Hughes, VP Membership, Clubs and Societies, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University

Amy Shimmin, Publications Convenor, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University

Molly Campbell, Tech Convenor, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University

Rose Jackson, Campaigns and Charities Convenor, Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow University

Christine Moorhouse, Festival Marketing Officer

Cara English, Policy Engagement Officer at Gendered Intelligence.

Yvonne McLellan, Co-convenor of ECC, Scottish Green Party

Amy Healey, PhD Researcher

Sally Lopresti, Forensic Psychologist

Jenny Marr, Scottish Lib Dem Candidate & Rural Affairs Spokesperson, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk

Katie Fannin, Gender Studies Masters Student, University of Strathclyde

Lisa Charlwood, Director & Founder of The WOW Network

Katie Goth, Intersections Editor, The Skinny Wendy Chamberlain, Scottish Liberal Democrats, PPC for North East Fife, Scottish Party Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs

Claire O’Gallagher, Content Producer and Mum

Beth Bate, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts

Dr Chloe Denerley, Environmental Educator

Dr Emma L Briant, George Washington University

Jeni Reid, Photographer Sheila Ritchie, Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and a Vice- President of the Federal Party Lee Beattie, Founder of The Bloody Big Brunch and Wire

Kirsty Connell-Skinner, Personal Capacity

Lorraine Dearie, Personal Capacity

Alisha Ceit Iver, Lifestyle Blogger

Mary Erin Kinch, Student at University of Dundee & Editor at Magdalen Magazine

Tiffany Wedemeyer, Data Scientist, FedEx

Heather Paterson, LGBTQ+ Activist

Stacey Gray, Masters Student, GCU

Jay Whittaker, Poet Robyn Leate, Seamstress, Student and Mum

Amanda Lillywhite, Illustrator, Writer and Comic Maker

Caitlin Kelly, Forth Valley College Morag Fulton, Convener, SNP Disabled Members Group

Deborah Vaile, Librarian, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Pamela Ferry, Secondary School Teacher

Laura Gilmour, Mother and Law Student

Lindsay Amabile, LGBTQ+ Ally

Catriona Monti, Personal Capacity

Gemma Clark, LGBT+ Campaigner

Colette O’Connor, Poet

Hannah Graeber, Writer and Audio Artist

Serena Maria, Feminist and Trans Ally

Lesley Dougan, Senior Lecturer Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, Liverpool John Moores University Lind Ford, Personal Capacity

Kathy Strachan, Personal Capacity

Catherine Abram, Clinical PA,

John Radcliffe Hospital Dorothee Weber, Fundraising Assistant, LGBT Youth Scotland

Caitlin Wood, National Learning and Development Officer at LGBT Youth Scotland

Sophie Tolley, LGBT+ Ally

Angela Melvin, Tutor Organiser, YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement

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