The Growth of the Anti-Transgender Movement in the United Kingdom. The Silent Radicalization of the British Electorate

McLean, Craig (2021) The Growth of the Anti-Transgender Movement in the United Kingdom. The Silent Radicalization of the British Electorate. International Journal of Sociology. ISSN 0020-7659 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00207659.2021.1939946

Abstract

This article examines the development of anti-transgender debates within the United Kingdom, which have gained traction due to proposed amendments to the country’s Gender Recognition Act (GRA). A group of determined lobby groups, taking their lead from like-minded organizations in the United States, has protested vigorously against the proposed changes to the GRA, especially with respect to “single-sex spaces”. As a result of this furor, the lives of transgender people have become the subject of open debate. Trans people now see their legitimacy questioned, and their ability to access services increasingly being placed under the microscope. This article argues that the literature on radicalization – developed in response to domestic terrorism – can explain these developments. UK lobby groups are successfully pushing a radical agenda to deny the basic rights of trans people, and are doing so under the cover of “free speech” – a sacrosanct element of life in Anglo-Saxon countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anti-transgender movements, single-sex spaces, free speech, transgender rights
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 14:34
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 09:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46370

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