Protests in Canada about an event featuring Meghan Murphy are part of the same global debate about identity as last month’s discussions about whether Scots should be required to declare their biological sex.
I didn’t intend to spend my evening eavesdropping on one of Canada’s most prominent transgender rights activists. But shortly after I took my seat I became aware of a running commentary from immediately behind me.
When it comes to the current consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004, it is women who MSPs are finding easy to ignore. Specifically, women who believe that if the state decides the word “woman” has no objective meaning, then statistics will be skewed, protections will be lost and children risk being seriously harmed.