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Old Yesterday, 12:14 PM   #2721
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Originally Posted by Elaedith View Post
Interesting thread from MurrayBlackburnMackenzie on the response to an freedom of information request to the Scottish prison service asking for details of the equality impact assessment undertaken on their trans prisoner policy. This request was necessary because they do not list the EQIA for this on their website, despite all other EQIAs being listed.

The response to the the FOI showed:

The final policy document was authored by the manager of the Scottish trans alliance
'The Scottish Trans Alliance and Stonewall Scotland were consulted but no women’s groups were consulted.'
Reports from trans activist organisations GIRES and Gendered Intelligence were cited, although they made no reference to prisons
The Yogyakarta Principles were cited
Sex was not identified as one of the protected characteristics for those affected by the policy.
The EQIA focuses almost entirely on how trans prisoners would be affected

Of course we know this can't be true because we have it on good authority that all these policies are thoroughly researched, based on expert opinion, and consider the rights of all parties. It is shocking that the SPS would lie in this way in their response to an FOI. /s
That policy document attached to the response to the FOI request looks like it was put together by a work experience student. Typos and grammar errors everywhere and sentences like this:

“Transgender people potential could come to prison and the SPS policy or guidance to support
or manage a transgender person if they come into prison.”

If this is SOP for the SPS and FOI staff Scotland is truely ******.
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Old Yesterday, 12:17 PM   #2722
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Originally Posted by LondonJohn View Post
LOL One article by an anti-transgender-identity activist (you should maybe check out his Twitter page....).

And by the way (and entirely relevantly), most of the good old general public of England & Wales were against the decriminalisation of consensual private gay sex when that took place in 1967. Shockingly, gay sex wasn't decriminalised in Scotland until 1980, at which point only a small majority of the Scottish public didn't regard it as a legitimate criminal offence.

Oh, and a sizeable majority of the general public in most of the Southern US states were not in favour of granting civil rights to black people in the 50s/60s.

"A turning of the tide" hehehehe. I guess when one delights in mocking and denying transgender identity, wishful thinking must come in very handy.
This “argument” of yours has failed each and every time you have made it. Do you think that boredom will lead to people to agree with this faulty and irrelevant analogy?
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Old Yesterday, 12:21 PM   #2723
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Originally Posted by LondonJohn View Post


* Of course I don't wonder if it's occurred to them: zealous evangelical cults are not known for their objectivity and self-awareness/self-criticism when it comes to their particular "religion".
This is a perfect description of Stonewall and Mermaids. Thanks for the insight.
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Old Yesterday, 12:21 PM   #2724
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
That policy document attached to the response to the FOI request looks like it was put together by a work experience student. Typos and grammar errors everywhere and sentences like this:

“Transgender people potential could come to prison and the SPS policy or guidance to support
or manage a transgender person if they come into prison.”

If this is SOP for the SPS and FOI staff Scotland is truely ******.
Or this one which was pointed out in the thread: 'SPS could be at risk of corporate discrimination if they miss manage [sic] a transgender person.'

They also substitute gender for sex and gender identity for gender reassignment in the list of protected characteristics (although only the latter was identified as one affected). This reflects the influence of lobby groups who want to replace sex with gender and gender reassignment with gender identity in the UK Equality Act. The strategy is to 'get ahead of the legislation' by convincing orgs to use these terms for equality monitoring although they are not actually protected characteristics.
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Canada is no better. 43% of trans-identifying men who are incarcerated there have been convicted of sexual offences.

Either the male trans community has a horrifying proportion of sex offenders within it, or sex offenders are choosing to ID as trans in order to be locked up in a women's jail. And either possibility holes the self-ID project below the water line.
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It's kind of depressing that the best data we have on the advisability of self-ID is coming from actually trying it out in womens' prisons, rather than from any unfettered attempt to study the problem scientifically in an ethical way. Even LJ has no idea if self-ID is a good way to treat gender dysphoria.
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'Truth Will Always Matter', what's the downward acrostic?
https://twitter.com/LilyLilyMaynard/...89486740344832
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM   #2728
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Originally Posted by lionking View Post
That policy document attached to the response to the FOI request looks like it was put together by a work experience student. Typos and grammar errors everywhere and sentences like this:

“Transgender people potential could come to prison and the SPS policy or guidance to support
or manage a transgender person if they come into prison.”

If this is SOP for the SPS and FOI staff Scotland is truely ******.
This is the only (possible) mention I can find of impact on anyone other than the trans prisoner:

'There are vulnerable people in prison when faced by a trans person (pre operation) might induce fear to that person' [sic]

I'm not even sure if it is about impact on anyone else because it isn't clear who 'that person' refers to.
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Old Yesterday, 03:36 PM   #2729
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I could write better English than that when I was ten.

That's the rigorous safeguarding protocol LJ keeps banging on about.
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Old Yesterday, 03:42 PM   #2730
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It's actually quite touching the way John keeps coming back to the thread to ignore all the substantive arguments and post screaming ad hominems time and time again.
Not to mention the pitiful attempts to 'poison the well'.
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Old Yesterday, 03:48 PM   #2731
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If all you've got is "Look at what you just posted, that's vile!" and "experts (uncited) agree with me!" and "right side of history!", you're struggling.
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Unironically what cancel culture looks like when it lacks the power to cancel dissenters in a given venue.
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Old Yesterday, 04:43 PM   #2733
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Here is another (composite) clip of Rhona Hotchkiss speaking to a public meeting - not one that I attended, as I haven't been to a meeting since covid struck and this one was 2021.

https://twitter.com/treesey/status/1619753439835340805

I hadn't heard all of that before. It's unconscionable what's being done to incarcerated women by this inhuman policy, and I'd think slightly better of John if he would address this issue rather than just rocking up with his hateful ad hominems every day or two.
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'This Policy will provided [sic] a clear and transparent pathway for Tran’s [sic] people entering prison, it will take massive steps in eliminating discrimination towards trans people by treating trans people with respect in the SPS. By providing staff with information of the correct steps to support the transition of a person enter [sic] or in prison.'

What do you think they mean by 'transition' here?
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I have no idea what any of it means. It would be unduly kind to call it word salad.
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Your midnight check-in on the petition reports 77,003 signatures, so 325 new signatures today. A relatively quiet day considering the continuing fuss, but still comfortably ahead of target.

The new magic number is 283.9.
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I'm curious about "correct steps" myself. Obviously, "correct" can simply mean those are the steps you must take to be correct according to the official policy guidelines. But I wonder if there's any attempt to find the correct steps according to some sort of medical or ethical standard beyond recursion to the text of the policy itself.
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WHO did you consult with?

Trans people in prison and in the community
SPS Mangers and Officers ( including E& D Managers)
Trade Union
Government Agencies (including Scottish Government and English Prison Service)
SPS Legal Branch
Scottish Transgender Alliance
Capability Scotland
Stonewall Scotland
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Here's another article John might have a look at. This time it's in the Telegraph. No doubt he will find some way to dismiss that one too.

Transgender rapist should not be considered a woman, says victim

And I'm pointing to that one because we really need to remind ourselves what "Annie later changed to Isla Bryson" actually looks like under the bad joke-shop wig.

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LOL One article by an anti-transgender-identity activist (you should maybe check out his Twitter page....).
In case you wanted to do just that, here it is (LondonJohn seems to have forgotten to link to it, no doubt an oversight on his behalf):

https://twitter.com/CalumA_Steele

It describes him as General Secretary @ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations), Past President @Euro_Cop (eurocop.org), General Secretary @Scotspolfed (Scottish Police Federation).

Weirdly there's no mention of his work as an "anti-transgender-identity activist".

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I just found this twitter thread. I had never heard about this case before. It's horrifying.

https://twitter.com/OceanbreathCafe/...16405838086145
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Originally Posted by Matthew Best View Post
In case you wanted to do just that, here it is (LondonJohn seems to have forgotten to link to it, no doubt an oversight on his behalf):

https://twitter.com/CalumA_Steele

It describes him as General Secretary @ICPRA (International Council of Police Representative Associations), Past President @Euro_Cop (eurocop.org), General Secretary @Scotspolfed (Scottish Police Federation).

Weirdly there's no mention of his work as an "anti-transgender activist".

I had a quick look, and followed him. Seems like a good sort. He retweets a lot of the accounts I retweet myself.
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I just found this twitter thread. I had never heard about this case before. It's horrifying.

https://twitter.com/OceanbreathCafe/...16405838086145
That thread quotes someone called James Morton thusly:

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As James Morton said, "By enabling the (prison) service "to include trans women as women on a self-declaration basis within very challenging circumstances, we would be able to ensure all other public services do likewise." "In other words," he continued, "if horrible things happen to female prisoners, no one will find out (or even care), so we can "prove" to the NHS or schools that self-ID is risk-free."

His words verbatum [sic]
There's no link to him saying this, and the reason is because he didn't say the second, more damning half of it at all. The words actually come from an article in the Times.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d...6f964af78fc46f

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James Morton, head of the Scottish Trans Alliance, formulated the SPS’s rules. By enabling the service “to include trans women as women on a self-declaration basis within very challenging circumstances”, he wrote, “we would be able to ensure all other public services do likewise”. In other words, if horrible things happen to female prisoners, no one will find out (or even care), so we can “prove” to the NHS or schools that self-ID is risk-free.
Everything after "In other words" is not what Morton said at all, and certainly isn't "his words verbatim". It seems Ocean Breath Cafe is unable to read an article and tell what words in it are quotes and what are responses to that quote.

I'll be interested to see if anyone takes this "quote" and runs with it. It would be a mistake to do so.
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