Explainer: What is a ‘terf’ and what’s going on with the UK’s debate on transgender rights?

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12/19/2018

IN 2015, IRELAND became the fourth country in the world to enshrine in law the right to gender recognition based on self-declaration. The historic move was a vital one for transgender people in this country. But in the UK, moves to bring about a similar law based on gender self-determination have proven to be incredibly divisive.  What has been particularly noteworthy about the UK debate has been the involvement of self-identifying feminist groups and activists who have been critical of the GRA and the extension of trans rights. In general, their argument is that there are circumstances where transgender women should be treated differently to cisgender women, ie women who were given the gender female at birth and live as female.

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