RESOURCES

This page brings together some links to resources that may be useful in helping to understand the issues around women's sex-based rights. It is divided into 3 sections:

  1. Groups both within Australia and overseas that work to support women's sex-based rights.

  2. Useful articles and podcasts that the VWG has referenced in its work There are alaso links to relevant Victorian legislations.

  3. Information about contacting politicians.

1. Groups

The Declaration on Women's Sex-Based Rights. This international declaration was launched in New York in March 2019.

These Australian State-based groups are concerned about women's sex-based rights. These groups communicate through Facebook.

Women's Guild NSW

Australia Parents Questioning Gender (based in NSW)

Women Speak Tasmania

Fair Go for Queensland Women

International groups formed to protect women and girls' sex-based rights

Speak Up for Women NZ

Peak Trans A excellent website based in the UK. It features many blog posts as well as links to newspaper articles from a variety of countries. Well worth a look.

Woman's Place UK

Sex Matters A UK based group that focuses on why sex matters in the law

Transgender Trend A UK based organisation to support parents of transgender children

Fair Play for Women Another UK based group. Their campaigns are mainly around sport and prisons

LGB Alliance A UK group who believe that attempts to introduce confusion between biological sex and the notion of gender are harming LGB people. They are especially concerned about the transitioning of children

We the Females Canadian women's organisation critical of the self-identity legislation introduced in Canada in June 2017

Our Duty An international support group for parents wishing to protect their children from gender ideology.

2. Articles, Podcasts and Legislation

Attacks on our democracy (how to avoid public and media scrutiny when influencing governments)

The Denton Paper

https://www.iglyo.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/IGLYO_v3-1.pdf

https://www.rollonfriday.com/news-content/dentons-campaigns-kids-switch-gender-without-parental-approval

Nolan Investigates Stonewall (included here because Australia has a similar organisation that influences public policy in very similar ways – without consultation with or involvement of the broader community). https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p09yjmph (To may need to download BBC Sounds from the App Store or Google Play to listen to these informative podcasts)

How self-id affects women and girls in sport

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/why-rugbys-controversial-new-transgender-guidelines/id1461719225?i=1000497073938

https://theconversation.com/why-the-world-rugby-guidelines-banning-trans-athletes-from-the-womens-game-are-reasonable-152178

Gender Dysphoria

Society for Science-based Gender Medicine (SEGM)

https://segm.org/

Peer-reviewed rebuttal to The Endorcrine Society’s claim that hormonal and surgical interventions for those suffering from gender dysphoria are safe and effective

https://segm.org/endocrine_society_GD_position_rebuttal

Adolescent development – impact of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones

Claims puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones benefit mental health not supported by the evidence

https://segm.org/ajp_correction_2020

Impact on brain development

https://www.transgendertrend.com/teenage-brain/

https://www.transgendertrend.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Teen-brain-Part-2-Puberty-1.pdf

Impact on bone density

https://segm.org/the_effect_of_puberty_blockers_on_the_accrual_of_bone_mass

Countries rejecting “the affirmation model”

Finland

https://segm.org/Finland_deviates_from_WPATH_prioritizing_psychotherapy_no_surgery_for_minors

Sweden

https://segm.org/Swedish_pediatric_gender_clinics_adopt_cautious_stance

Why Sweden ends use of “Dutch protocol

https://segm.org/Sweden_ends_use_of_Dutch_protocol

UK

https://segm.org/NICE_gender_medicine_systematic_review_finds_poor_quality_evidence

USA

Top US trans specialist surgeons themselves question treatment of gender dysphoria in adolescents

https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/top-trans-doctors-blow-the-whistle

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIA? (Noting that the Victorian Parliament endorsed the “gender affirmation model” that the countries listed above (other than the USA) are now walking away from in early 2021)

RANZCP (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists): Updated guidelines on treatment of Gender Dysphoria

https://www.ranzcp.org/news-policy/policy-and-advocacy/position-statements/gender-dysphoria

Article on RANZCP change of focus

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/960390 (can subscribe to Medscape for free for access)

SEGM’s analysis of flawed “evidence” AusPATH uses to justify Australia “affirmation” treatment guidelines

http://18.134.249.45/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AusPATH-response-final-1.pdf

https://www.diannakenny.com.au/k-blog/itemlist/user/583-diannakenny.html

https://pressfrom.info/au/news/australia/-140295-number-of-aussie-kids-referred-for-gender-hormone-therapy-hits-2-500-in-five-years-although-there-were-only-1-300-transgender-people-in-the-country-in-2016-as-experts-call-for-national-inquiry.html

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

Trans activists want to deflect attention from Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria because it exposes the popularity of transitioning as a ‘trend’ rather than an actual psychological predisposition.

Warning from 2017

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00332925.2017.1350804

Detransitioners

https://segm.org/new_detransition_study_2021

https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10508-021-02163-w.pdf

Suicide, attacks and murder statistics

https://www.transgendertrend.com/the-suicide-myth/

This information regarding suicide rates is from the UK. However, the only Australian data available appears to have similar flaws to the UK data – surveys of self-nominated participants, poor methodology, no control groups, no peer-reviewed published data, so it is very difficult have confidence in the veracity of claims regarding suicidality.

Figures relating to attacks and murder rates of trans people are also difficult to find. This may be because whether a person is trans or not is not recorded in police reports – an issue made more difficult with self-id legislation. It is clear from news reports make it clear that almost all women murdered in Australia are biological women murdered by their male partners. An internet search shows three trans identified males have been murdered in the past decade in Australia.

A global list of transgender people murdered in the world is released in time for Transgender Day of Remembrance each year. In 2020, the list included 350 people. The majority of murders happened in Central and South America, with Brazil having the highest figure of any country (152 people). Mexico was next with 57, while the United States experienced either 28 or 37 deaths (the disparity is due to a dispute about whether Puerto Rico figures are counted as part of the Central and South America region or as the USA.)

The UN’s figures for 2020 are not available, but in 2017, one hundred and thirty-seven women each day were killed by a member of their family. It is estimated that of the 87,000 women who were intentionally killed in 2017 globally, more than half (50,000) were killed by intimate partners or family members. More than one third (30,000) of the women intentionally killed in 2017 were killed by their current or former intimate partner.

The Victorian Women’s Guild considers that it is critical for crime statistics to record the natal sex of every perpetrator and victim, otherwise it is difficult to identify risks to people no matter how they identify. Without that information, it is also difficult to identify “hotspots” and causes, which in turn makes it difficult if not impossible to develop effective strategies to prevent such violence.

Marion Millar

https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19624223.new-court-delay-case-scots-feminist-charged-hate-crime/

Ms Millar was initially told a suffragette ribbon tied on a fence was the basis for the charges against her, but the charges have now been expanded to include posting an image of that ribbon and making other comments regarding biological reality and sex-based rights on social media. At the time of writing, the case has been adjourned until 1 November 2021.

Useful books

Abigail Shrier: Irreversible Damage (Regnery Publishing 2020)

Helen Joyce: Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality (One World 2021)

Max Robinson: Detransition: Beyond, before and after (Spinifex Press 2021)

Janice Raymond: Doublethink: A feminist challenge to transgenderism (Spinifex Press 2021)

State Government information and legislation

Victorian Government Response to the Recommendations of the Legislative Assembly Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into Anti-Vilification Protections.

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/strengthening-anti-hate-protections-victoria?fbclid=IwAR1p8EhhW4SrHDTRtzjRNnwqFyl_vF4PtIc9b9XGYvT0Y7SSA7zlBho0DDU

Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Act 2019

https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/as-made/acts/births-deaths-and-marriages-registration-amendment-act-2019

Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021

https://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/as-made/acts/change-or-suppression-conversion-practices-prohibition-act-2021

3. How to contact Politicians

Victoria: If you are not sure of who your MPs are or how to contact them, information can be found at this link:

https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/about/electorates

Type in your address, then click on the “District” button to find your Legislative Assembly parliamentarian, and on the “Region” button to find your Legislative Council parliamentarians. (Click on the grey “View Member” button on the righthand side of the page for how to contact each of your elected representatives.)