NEAG Statement on Transphobia
All members of North East Anarchist Group have collectively agreed to highlight our complete and unconditional condemnation of transphobia and bigotry.
We maintain a strict policy of zero-tolerance towards trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). We stand proudly in solidarity with trans women, trans men and non-binary people in their struggle to obtain the ability to declare their own gender (or lack thereof) without enduring a humiliating and Kafkaesque legal and medical obstacle course set up by the state.
We support all trans women and are repulsed by misogynist abuse, doxing and violence.
Trans women are women, and no amount of propaganda and lies from these alleged feminists will ever affect a person’s validity.
Attempting to define gender and gender roles as being determined by biology is sexist, reductionist and dangerous. There is no danger to come of helping trans people obtain the same basic human rights and dignities that already exist for privileged members of society, and we reject the malicious lie commonly spread by TERFs that claims trans women are covertly attempting to abolish women’s rights and find the idea that predatory men need to pretend to be women in order to abuse and assault women utterly ridiculous, as there are already enough opportunities for them to do this (and for them to get away with it) without going to the trouble of changing their identity. These abuses are already enabled by the state, and by the police.
TERFs will allege that they are speaking in the interests of “free speech”. However, it is very revealing that they consistently and repeatedly use this free speech to attack, demonise and dehumanise trans and non-binary people, rather than to add anything constructive or original to public discourse. How many more times are we to have the same monotonous ‘open debates’ and ‘rational discussions’ about whether or not trans people are real people deserving of the same human rights as everyone else?
To clear up any potential confusion, we would additionally like to take this opportunity to stress that we are in no way associated with a now-defunct Facebook page known as ‘North East Anarchists’, which was often condemned by other anarchists for the transphobic and class-reductionist content of its posts.
North East Anarchist Group is 100% committed to fighting TERFs and all other peddlers of hatred and intolerance wherever they can be found, and will always be welcoming to trans and non-binary comrades. There is no place for TERFs in anarchist circles, or indeed anywhere in society.