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UK Lesbian Feminist: New Transgender Law Would 'Take Away Women's Most Fundamental Right'

Lesbian feminists have begun to speak out against transgender activism and its dangers to women. A British research scientist and women's rights activist spoke out on these issues, and being called "transphobic" for her activism, on Friday.

Fair Play for Women spokeswoman Dr. Nicola Williams, a research scientist in human biology and feminist, warned that transgender activism "takes away women's most fundamental right: the right to say no to male-bodied people entering our spaces."

Williams said she has no qualms with men living as women or women living as men, but she vehemently opposes the idea that women's spaces should be open to biological men who identify as women.

"Of course if someone wants to live as though they are the opposite sex, that's their choice and I fully support their right to do so," Williams told SkyNews in an interview Friday. "But if someone who still has their full male anatomy wants the right to enter women's changing rooms, or refuges, or to compete against women and girls in sports, and women have no choice about that, that takes away women's most fundamental right: the right to say no to male-bodied people entering our spaces."

Williams advocates reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA), a law Parliament passed in 2004 to allow people suffering from gender dysphoria (the condition of identifying with the gender opposite their biological sex) to change their legal gender. The government has recently opened a consultation to change the law even further, to allow people to change the legal sex on their birth certificates.

"Some trans campaigners want new rules that would mean any man who simply said 'I am a woman now' could legally become female, getting along with it unchallenged access to women's changing rooms, hostels, NHS wards and other female-only spaces," Williams explained.

The cultural campaign for transgender acceptance has run ahead of the legal battle. "Organisations are already running ahead of the law and defining women as anyone who says they are one," she warned. "It's already happening informally, the law change will cement it in place."

Williams argued that transgender laws "would punch a huge hole in the hard-won system of women's legal rights which allow us to say no to male-bodied people being in our spaces. There would be no official way to tell who was male for purposes of single-sex overnight sleeping accommodation, for women's refuges, or for single-sex sports."

The Fair Play for Women spokeswoman connected her opposition to transgender activism to the long struggle for women's rights. "Women fought for generations for the right to be heard and the right to say no to things that affect them," Williams said. "That is what we are fighting for again today, and I for one will not stop until people in power start listening."