Did ACON Cook the Books On Sport Inclusion Guidelines?

Sport Inclusion Guidelines

The rules for Transgender sporting participation are set out in the Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

You can find contextual information here and download the PDF of the guideline here.

The guideline was issued in 2019 by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The guideline’s front page shows the badges of three organisations:

  • Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
  • SportAus
  • The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports

Who Wrote The Guideline on Trans Inclusion?

The guidelines were written by three peak organisations (representing a total of 12 constituents). All contributors are members of ACON’s Pride in Sport scheme.

This is about relationships. It is important to understand how how several governing bodies come together.

All contributors draw their transgender expertise from membership in ACON’s Pride in Sport scheme.

Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

The Commission is Australia’s National Human Rights Institution. They investigate and conciliate in complaints of discrimination, undertake research, and provide advice on human rights.

AHRCFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport membership scheme

In their introduction to the guide, the AHRC repeats ACON’s slogan that one must be able to “bring your whole self” to sport (page 5).

SportAus

SportAus and Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) make up the main parts of the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). The ASC is accountable to the Minister for Sport. See also – SportAus ‘about’ page.

Australian Sports Commission (ASC)Member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
AISFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
SportAusMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Source

Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS)

COMPPS is a peak body representing the following sports:

Australian Football LeagueMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Cricket AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Football Federation AustraliaFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
National Rugby LeagueMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Netball AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Rugby AustraliaFounding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Tennis AustraliaMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Source

COMPPS itself, is a member of Pride in Sport.

COMPPSMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport

Consultations

The AHRC notes that they conducted “targeted consultations to inform the development of these Guidelines”. They “heard from a broad range of sporting stakeholders, including transgender and gender diverse athletes.” (Guideline page 5)

Trans-identified male, Roxy Tickle, was “sworn to secrecy” about his involvement in the consultation process. Roxy is closely affiliated with Pride in Sport, having appeared in several of their promotional materials.

“Further Resources” Section

A “further information” section at the end of the guideline points readers to a number of other organisations.

AHRCMember of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Sport Australia (SportAus)Founding member of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Play by the RulesPride in Sport “Corporate Partnership / Collaborator”
Pride in SportIs Pride in Sport
Proud2PlayA competitor of ACON’s Pride in Sport
Minus18An affiliate of ACON. Minus18 partners with businesses to finance youth-oriented events in exchange for brand exposure.
State and Territory Human Rights CommissionsAs an example, the Victorian guidelines embed the transgender flag into the design

These organisations are affiliated with ACON, are ACON, competitors who have the same mission as ACON.

What Does The Guideline Say?

The guideline focuses only on instances discrimination against transgender persons. The guide does not deal with how to balance fairness, competition and safety with others. In many areas, the guideline uses confusing language that would deter local clubs from exercising the rights to provide single-sex competitions.

Confusing language

The language used often appears deliberately confusing.

For example this paragraph deals with temporary exemptions and permanent exemptions together, despite these following different processes. It does not advise how to obtain these exemptions. It suggests that sex-segregated sport exemptions are outside the “core” provisions of the Act.

A sporting organisation must apply to the Commission to obtain a temporary exemption. A sporting organisation does not need to apply to the Commission to rely on a permanent exemption. If a sporting organisation wishes to rely on a permanent exemption it will need to make its own assessment that the exemption applies. Relying on an exemption is not mandatory. Sporting organisations may choose to comply with the core anti-discrimination provisions of the Act even when it is possible to rely on an exemption.

(Guideline p22)
Source: guidelines p 26

The law is misrepresented

When discussing exemptions, the guideline uses narrow language to reduce the scope of

The Sex Discrimination Act s42 allows sports to discriminate between the sexes (called an exemption) when “strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant“.

The guideline uses the word “only” to narrow the scope of this exemption.

“The exemption allows for discrimination on the grounds of sex or gender identity only in ‘any competitive sporting activity in which the strength, stamina or physique of competitors is relevant’.” (Guideline p24)

The guideline then goes on to say that these words have no legal meaning in Australia.

“The words ‘strength’, ‘stamina’ and ‘physique’, and the term ‘competitive sporting activity’, are not defined in the Act. Their meanings have not been conclusively settled by the Federal Court of Australia.” (Guideline p24)

Framing competition as exclusion

The guideline provides a single-page guide on how to rely on the ‘competitive sporting activity’ exemption to offer single-sex sports. (Guideline p36)

The guideline’s first instruction is to consider how important “inclusion” is in your sport. It stresses the limits of the competitive sporting activity provision (it does not apply to children under 12).

Narrowing language is used to imply that the provision cannot be applied to all sports. The guideline suggests that an onerous national and community consultation process is required to offer single-sex provisions.

The guideline frames single-sex sporting provision as “excluding an individual” rather than preserving fair competition. Note these examples (from a single page):

  • “where an individual’s strength directly affects their ability”
  • “If a sporting organisation seeks to specifically exclude an individual”
  • “so that the individual is not unnecessarily disadvantaged”
  • “providing the individual with an opportunity to respond”
  • “providing the individual with written reasons”
  • “providing the individual with an opportunity to seek a review”

This frames providing fair competition as a club seeking to unfairly exclude and individual.

No balance of rights

The guideline suggests introducing codes of conduct to create a zero-tolerance of transgender discrimination, exclusion and harassment.

The guideline gives examples of exclusion and harassment including:

  • Being told they are in the wrong bathroom
  • having team members refuse to play with them
  • being intentionally addressed by the wrong pronouns
(Guideline p38)

These examples are unqualified, meaning it is to be assumed that these behaviours are always harassment.

This means that a woman who refuses to play alongside a trans-identified male has harassed him, even if it is for her own safety or for fairness. The sport could be lawn bowls, rugby or boxing. The presumption is the transgender athlete has the right to compete, and the other athletes do not have the right to withdraw.

Case studies do not consider women’s comfort

In this example, the problem is framed as the non-binary person feeling uncomfortable in the men’s bathroom because it is in disrepair, and in the women’s bathroom because they were stared at. We do not know why.

Source – p41

The solution is to re-label the bathrooms. There is no mention of fixing the men’s facilities, so it is unlikely that Kim will start to feel comfortable in that space. There is no discussion addressing of the women’s discomfort with Kim in their bathroom.

Conclusion

All organisations involved in drafting the Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport are members of ACON’s Pride in Sport.

The guidelines reflect ACON’s focus on transgender inclusion at all costs.

The guidelines discourage clubs from exercising their right to provide single-sex sports for fairness, safety and enjoyment.

The guidelines make no attempt to balance the needs of others.

The guidelines consistently show the solution to problems around transgender inclusion being to side with the transgender person and grant their wishes

Australian Media’s Pro Bono Work for ACON Pride in Diversity Leaderboard Scheme – Part 1 – ABC

ACON’s Pride in Diversity lists only a few “media” members.

  • 10 ViacomCBS (Channel 10)
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • Initiative Media
  • SBS

In this part 1 I will talk about ABC. In part 2 I will look closely at how SBS uses talent to make pro bono or in kind contributions to the Pride in Diversity mission in exchange for AWEI points.


The AWEI

The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is a voluntary leaderboard scheme run by Pride in Diversity. It is open to all organisations in Australia. The template is 45 pages long. Organisations answer detailed questions and submit their answers for marking. They receive a ranking score out of 200. Every few years the index changes to make it harder to get a high score.

Pro bono work, contra deals and a stable of talent

There are several questions in the AWEI that demand financial contributions or pro bono support of LGBTQ charities. Yes, Pride and Diversity qualifies as a charity despite also taking in $6600 membership fees and additional revenue for training sessions that are mandatory under the AWEI.

ABC’s Pro Bono Work

This post only deals with a small number of examples, and only where talent and cultural capital have been deployed to win AWEI points.

Both SBS and ABC have a stable of media talent they can lend out to events and score points. Such as that time ABC’s Jeremy Fernandez hosted a session at Pride in Practice conference in 2020 (page 20). This netted them 2 points.

I wonder how much money his time cost the taxpayer?

2 points awarded for Jeremy Fernandez hosting a CEO panel event.
ABC’s redacted submission.

The same conference hosted another session prepared by the ABC. How many person-hours were spent trawling the archives at taxpayer expense? Note the reference to First Day an ABC production glamourising transgender children.

This presentation was worth 1 point under additional work.

Additionally, they paid for 4 conference tickets to send their staff members (2 points). This is recommended in Questions 30 and 32 specifically.

Q30 demands development opportunities for LGBTQ employees and Q32 demands that LGBTQ staff attend external conferences.

ABC sent transwoman Julie Peters to speak at a Pride in Diversity Sapphire (womens) event (1 point). ABC has recently run a story (collection of stories across channels) on Julie Peters. Let’s see if these come up in the next round of AWEI submissions.

Corporate Heroes

Manda Hatter, the Head of Operations, spoke at Big Stays In conference (1 point). She attended a Diversity Council of Australia event Out at Work: Inclusion at Work for LGBTIQ+ Talent (1 of 4 events offered for a 2 point question). She also volunteered on the panel of Out50 – a Deloitte publication dedicated to LGBTI+ leadership (1 point). ABC’s Mon Schafter (they/them) gets a profile in the issue.

Manda Hatter’s public profile as a high-powered “dyke on bike” operations manager lends credibility to the ABC’s claims of LGBTQ solidarity. It certainly helps her profile to be able to spruik her personality at events – and Pride in Diversity gets incredible social cache from platforming Manda’s public performances.

Mardi Gras

Is this newsworthy, or is this advertising? It’s a fine line.

Newsworthy? Advertising money could not buy

ABC staff marching in the Mardi Gras for the first time was worth 1 point. Now in 2022, the ABC hosted and relentlessly promoted the Mardi Gras which will hopefully be worth more for them.

Not all roses

Unfortunately for them, host Mon Schafter “dead-named” or “misgendered” Elliot Page and caused members of activist 272k-member strong Facebook bully group LGBTI Rights Australia to have a little fit.

ABC should be aware that negative media attention can attract a 25 point penalty in the AWEI!

Where talent fails to get the points

ABC failed to get the 2 points for having Ita Buttrose and David Anderson (their MD) marching in the Mardi Gras. In the submission document, ABC gushes

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose and Managing Director David Anderson both played an exceptionally strong leadership role for 2020 which is demonstrated here as they both are seen about to head to the 2020 Mardi Gras parade float.

The AWEI response is terse: “Marching in MG isn’t evidence of CEO speaking at events”

Time and effort

Think of the effort, time, lost productivity that goes into organising attendance at these 1 pointer events. The ABC’s score in 2021 was 177. That gives you an idea of the scale of effort they go to on an annual basis.

Influence

There’s a quote from Andrew Breitbart that seems apt – “Politics is downstream of culture”.

What we are seeing here is an attempt to influence the company culture at an employer. It just happens to the national broadcaster, the ABC, bought and paid for by the taxpayer. Trusted by every Aussie as a companion to morning coffee and background radio through our workdays.

Politics is downstream of culture

Andrew Breitbart

The culture matters. The leaders at ABC are modelling behaviour they expect to see replicated by ABC employees: journalists, designers, publishers, broadcasters and more. Those leaders are performing inclusion – but are they doing inclusion?

This leaks into our everyday politics. Recently I counted the number of articles ABC published with the subject matter “transgender” – 35 within a 7 day period. All rabidly pro-trans. None taking into account alternative viewpoints. When the ABC leaders model transgender inclusion at all costs, this attitude filters down to staff. It then spreads out into the culture at large, not with a ripple, but with the force of a bomb.

How can women advocate for their rights when the friendly “lefty” state-sponsored media has already decided that the word “woman” is a bigoted dog whistle? They think we can’t. They are wrong.

Sources of information:

ABC and SBS submissions to the 2021 AWEI scheme were obtained under FOI and are freely available for you to download.

Please get in touch confidentially via twitter or email if you’d like to discuss these or similar documents.

Who is paid up to ACON’s Pride in Diversity Leaderboard Scheme? (Australian Public Sector)

These government organisations pay to be members of ACON’s Pride in Diversity scheme.

ACON receives $17 Million annually from NSW government and “other government” grants. It’s mission is supposed to be slowing the spread of HIV. Not handing out inclusivity ticks.

Membership rates

They publish a sample business case document to help activists make the case for spending $6600 annually for membership.

The rates:

TECHNOLOGY ONLY$3,600 + GST
SMALL EMPLOYER <100$2,675 + GST
EMPLOYEES STANDARD$6,000 + GST
PRINCIPAL PARTNER$10,250 + GST
Source: includes the list of perks

Imagine these 65 local, state and federal government agencies each pay standard rates:

$6,600 x 65 = $429 000 additional income from the government purse. That’s the taxpayer funding pronoun workshops.

Pride in Diversity encourage government organisations to provide contra, pro bono and financial support to themselves and other rainbow charities.

As well as spending money on ‘diversity training’. For instance the ATO annually sponsors an $11k awards dinner for Pride in Diversity AWEI participants.

Public Sector Organisations and Agencies

Federal Government Agencies and Statutory Bodies

Australian Border Force
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)
Australian Federal Police (AFP)
Attorney Generals Department
Australian Public Service Commission (APSC)
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Department of Agriculture
Department of Education and Training
Department of Jobs and Small Business
Department of Defence
Department of Finance
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Department of Health
Department of Home Affairs
Department of Human Services (DHS)
Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Department of Premier & Cabinet (VIC)
Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PMC)
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Department of the Treasury
Geoscience Australia
IP Australia
National Disability Insurance Agency
National Indigenous Australians Agency
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman
Safework Australia
Department of Defence (Fed)
SBS

State Governments, Agencies and Organisations

ACT Government
Department of Communities (WA)
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (VIC)
NSW State Emergency Service
Victoria Police
Art Gallery of NSW
Country Fire Authority (VIC)
Department of Communities & Justice (NSW)
Department of Communities, Housing & Digital Economy (QLD)
Department of Education (QLD)
Department of Education and Training (VIC)
Department of Energy and Public Works (QLD)
Department of Energy and Water Supply (QLD)
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC)
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (VIC)
Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC)
Department of Transport (VIC)
Department of Treasury and Finance (VIC)
Melbourne Water (VIC)
Northern Territory Government
NSW Police Service
Parks Victoria
Queensland Police Service
Transport for NSW
Western Australia Police Force

Local Governments

Brisbane City Council
City of Newcastle
Hawkesbury City Council
Inner West Council
Mackay Regional Council

Source:

List from October 2021 – https://web.archive.org/web/20211020063627/https://www.prideinclusionprograms.com.au/members-list-2/

There may be others who are signed up to the scheme anonymously.

You do NOT need to be a member of Pride in Diversity to participate in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This is a different (but intersecting) list who are being influenced in by the AWEI.

See also…

Nolan Investigates Stonewall where “Nolan Investigates looks at the influence Stonewall has in public institutions across the UK. We talk to a range of voices with a view on sex, gender and identity.”

The BBC is paying to lobby itself

Stephen Nolan

The Nolan report lead to a number of UK government organisations leaving the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme.

TransHub on Medical Gatekeeping

TransHub is a website owned and operated by ACON.

It was written in extreme haste by Teddy Cook and Liz Duck-Chong. Together they spent 6 months to get it off the ground. Who are they?

Teddy and Liz work for (or better still, they are) the ACON Trans Health Equity Unity.

Teddy is co-inventor of GRUNT, the website designed to bring women into gay male spaces. Liz is a writer and film maker and, “sexual health nerd”. Teddy seems to have done the hard yards working for ACON, but Liz’s qualifications aren’t readily available for some reason. Together they played on the team of trans activists who brought you lots of trans-research.

What does ACON say about medical gatekeeping?

All gender affirming care must be inclusive, self-determined and rights-based.

https://www.transhub.org.au/gatekeeping?rq=gatekeeping

Name another illness, condition or medical management pathway that is “rights-based” or “self-determined”.

One would be pregnancy and obstetric care. Where healthy women routinely submit to medical management to mitigate the risks of childbirth. Women have been fighting for (years, decades, centuries?) for self-determination and control in the labour room. Still we are medicated, ignored and mistreated.

https://www.transhub.org.au/gatekeeping?rq=gatekeeping

The other is cosmetic surgery. A user-pays model ensures that the process is driven by the customer. This is what transgender care is: cosmetic alteration on demand. With a suicide threat thrown in for good measure.

The footnote index after “tragic consequences” lazily links to a list of sources rather than to the specific source for each claim. Item 1 on the list is a VIEWPOINT article written by TRANSGENDER ACTIVIST Florence Ashley.

“Viewpoint”: https://jme.bmj.com/content/45/7/480
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Florence Ashley: Absolutely no axe to grind

What Might Constitute Medical Gatekeeping? (According to ACON)

There are 1 or 2 reasonable red flags embedded in this list. Delaying care without a clear reason is

Red FlagComment
Refusing to take on trans or gender diverse patients and clientsDoctors can refuse to take patients they don’t feel equipped to handle. This is the essence of specialisation.
Would you rather have a doctor who felt out of her depth, and forced into a care relationship, or a doctor who loved slicing off healthy breasts?
Requiring unnecessary steps in order to access gender affirmation, eg. Mandating a psychiatrist or endocrinologist is assessment for all patientsIf Transgender is not a mental disease, it is surely a mental viewpoint. Doctors would be doing malpractice if they started medically treating patients who didn’t have the condition being treated.

Endocrinologists are specialists who deal in human hormones. They are the ones who manage hormone treatment. How is it a red flag for a doctor to send a hormone-requesting patient to a hormone-specialising doctor?
Delaying gender affirming care without a clear health-based reason, or for reasons of “watchful waiting”, a well-established conversion practiceDelaying care without a reason sounds very fair. However “watchful waiting” isn’t delay of care. It is a specific form of non-medical care.
Not providing all the information or answers as to why a particular decisions has been madeQuite fair. Patients generally should have access to information about why decisions were made.
Requiring trans and gender diverse people to adopt a binary identity, or refusing to accept or learn about non-binary identitiesThis is just bizarre. “Refusing to learn about”. “Forcing to adopt”. How do they force you to adopt an identity?

If you feel “forced” by your doctor to adopt an identity, you can choose another care provider.
Requiring invasive and unnecessary examinations or testing in order to access careThis is quite fair. But it is now tinted by the previous items that seem to imply the patient should be the only one driving the medicalisation bus. At this point I wonder what constitutes an “invasive and unnecessary” examination or test. Since referring out to a specialist is seen as a medical red flag, what is it we are actually talking about here?
My mind leaps to unnecessary genital contact, but do they actually mean routine blood work?
Engaging in conversion or aversion therapy (or Gender Identity Change Efforts)How does one perform gender identity conversion therapy? Tell a girl that her body is beautiful and unique and she will be an excellent engineer even without hormonal therapy?
Any discussion of ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’This is the item that gives the game away. Any clinician who is interested in their patients will make the link between a teen girl who is the 4th in her friend group to declare a trans identity and Lisa Littman’s research on ROGD.

This is the cutting-edge science. It’s the science they don’t want you to know about because it casts their beloved transgender identities as vapid trend-based stereotypes.
Over-inflation of regret ratesAnd how, oh how, would the patient know what the regret was was? Despite all efforts to blank out this evidence, there ARE regretters, desisters, detransitioners. Famously, Walt Heyer’s website https://sexchangeregret.com/ receives multiple emails a day from people who change their minds.
https://www.transhub.org.au/gatekeeping?rq=gatekeeping

In Conclusion

TransHub want us to believe that gatekeeping is dangerous. They want us to believe that gatekeeping is a defined set of behaviours. However many of their red flags can be explained as something else (such as not wanting to take on a complex patient) or as due diligence (referring to a specialist).

TransHub’s list of gatekeeping behaviours is designed to cast suspicion on any medical practices that might result in a patient hearing a “no” or a “wait” or a “I think there might be other problems to deal with”.

This list is designed to open the express route to a medical pathway. it benefits the over-eager patient, it benefits the pharmaceutical company and it benefits the surgeon.

It does not put the need for holistic care front and centre.

Trans Research is Produced by Trans Activists

I recently released a post about the The 2018 Australian Trans and Gender Diverse Sexual Health Survey. The post ended with a question asking who may have been behind this work. It is time to answer this question.

The citation for this study includes 10 names. Some are academics. Some are transgender activists. The study’s website shows photographs of the researches. Can you tell which ones are the activists?

Trans Gender Diversity Sexual Health Researchers. Can you tell which ones are the researchers and which ones are the activists?

The Activists

Jeremy Wiggins: Creator of GRUNT, Executive Officer at Transcend.

The study started as the masters thesis of one Jeremy Wiggins. She is one of the creators of GRUNT. That’s the website enabling women to invade gay male spaces.

GRUNT primes women to invade gay male private space.
It is hosted by Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

Jeremy is highly placed at Transcend. This charity is run by Rebekah Robertson (mother) and Georgie Stone (trans-identified son). Together they successfully challenged the high court to remove legal protections for trans identified children. Now doctors can prescribe puberty blockers and wrong-sex hormones without the protection of court orders.

Creators of GRUNT

Teddy Cook: ACON’s director of Trans Health Equity. Creator of GRUNT, creator of TransHub, VP of AUSPATH (Australian ProfessionaL ASSOC for Transgender Health).

TransHub is a one-stop-shop for transgender health and advocacy. It mixes medical information with legal and social advice. You can find a gender-friendly doctor, bolster your convictions that you have the right to play whatever sport you want to, get advice about blocking puberty (but not the side effects of Goserelin) and find advice about the best packers and tuckers a single disposable income can buy.

The TransHub page on gatekeeping by doctors warns that “Any discussion of ‘Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria’” or discussion of regret rates is gatekeeping. TransHub is anti-science, anti-doctor and downright dangerous.

Liz Duck-Chong is a trans woman & writer, Creator of TransHub

Works at ACON with Teddy Cook. Together they concocted the TransHub website. Among his writing credits, check out “Let’s Talk About Girl Dick” written for a 15+ audience. Or the invective piece ‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a poisonous lie used to discredit trans people.

Liz hosts a podcast called “Let’s Do It” where he proclaims himself a writer and “sexual health nerd”. This seems to be the sum total of his quals in sexual health. (The linked episode features Teddy Cook and demonstrates of the difference between vocal patterns in women, trans men and trans women).

Although he lists about 10 trades, occupations and professions on his website, Liz doesn’t proclaim any qualifications in public health. By virtue of being transgender and highly opinionated, Liz has taken an opportunity to shape public health policy in Australia.

Shoshana Rosenberg: an academic steeped in Queer Theory, employed by ACON

Currently employed at ACON, Rosenberg’s bio begins: I am a queer, butch, Jewish academic researcher, multi-instrumentalist, and composer….research interests include gender and sexuality, Queer Theory, Jewish Studies, and musicology.

Despite being a non-binary Mx “a-gender trans woman”, Shoshana believes it’s perfectly fine to participate in a podcast named Let Women Talk. Perhaps he could eff off and let women actually talk.

Mish Pony is a trans woman sex worker and elected representative at the Scarlett Alliance & Founder of LGBTQ youth camp

He is also employed in a managerial role by Twenty10, a youth crisis service with clientele aged 12-25. In this interview from 2014, Mish talks about getting roped into sex work “as a guy” through university. Later graduating literally to sex work plus advocacy.

He talks about having issues with his body, feeling out of control. Although he doesn’t connect this lack of control to his activities in either sex work or medical transitioning. He began taking hormones (control), but didn’t like all the side effects (out of control). While he was overseas he simply ran out of estrogen (out of control) and stopped medicating (control). But now Mish is the quintessential trans woman: a man with a long hair, breasts and a fully-functional penis for hire.

Not to clutch at my pearls too much, but how on Earth is this an appropriate adult to be guiding vulnerable children?

Mish sits on the board of The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).

Mish Pony: works with children and is a prominent sex worker

Bios on both Twenty10 and Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations state that Mish Pony is a founder of Camp Out. Camp Out is A away-from home camp for 13-17 year old LGBTIQ children where they are taught to reject compulsory heterosexualty.

Trans Day of Remembrance

It’s Trans Day of Remembrance. 2021 has been a terrible year for trans murders.

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

375 transgender people were killed this year (2021), a figure that has risen since last year’s total of 350.

The report authors say this makes 2021 the ‘deadliest year’ of violence against gender diverse people since records began. One in four of those murdered were killed in their own home.

Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiewareham/2021/11/11/375-transgender-people-murdered-in-2021-deadliest-year-since-records-began/?sh=51eef80b321c

Those 375 murders are a global figure. The figure includes murder for any reason, even if unrelated to trans status.

How many people are being murdered?

The TransRespect / Trans Murder Monitoring Project collects statistics of murdered trans people from around the globe. It paints a grim picture. Lots of colour on that map.

Trans Murder Monitoring

But let’s just go back to graph reading school for a moment

Colour Key

Here grey is given as “no data”, implying that no one collected evidence of murders. There is no separate code for zero murders. They imply that the grey is somehow hiding evidence that will soon come to light.

Banding 2-50 together intensifies the seriousness of this classification. Two murders is very different to 50 murders. Two might be an accident or a robbery gone wrong. Fifty is a serious public issue.

Time scale

The map represents the data for the period 2008 to 2021. The black classification of “>1000” is a lot of lost lives over a 13 year time period. While tragic, it does not represent an epidemic.

What is being reported?

Let’s just ask TMM.

Trans Murder Monitoring project reports all kinds of homicides of trans and gender-diverse people. The classification of the murder of a trans/gender-diverse person as a hate crime is often difficult, due to a lack of information in the reports as well as the lack of national monitoring systems. Although the brutal violence and other circumstances in reported cases suggest that quite a lot of them — even most or almost all cases — are transphobic hate crimes

https://transrespect.org/en/research/tmm/

These numbers do not represent people who were murdered because of being trans. A trans person who is murdered in a robbery and a trans person who is killed in an anti-trans attack are treated the same.

This builds a false picture of violence against trans people.

Looking at the map year by year paints a different story. Year after year the same countries show high rates of murders.

Brazil is has the most murders each year.

But what does this mean in the context of the 212.6 million inhabitants of Brazil?

In a country where 45k murders represents a significant downturn, where there are 1350 women are killed because they are women, where huge numbers of people live in overpopulated favelas, where drugs and prostitution go hand in hand with poverty, where homophobia and racism are rife, is it possible that not all of these murders were due to transphobia?

Transgender,
murdered for any reason
Femicide
(murders committed
against women because
of their gender )
Homicides
202192
20201571350
2019115133045 503
2018168122957 956

Assumptions

As I write about the trans murders, my mind automatically goes to trans-woman. That is: to men.

I check myself.

Isn’t it likely that vulnerable women would be the likely target of a transphobic attack? Lesbians who are smaller than men, but who challenge misogynists and homophobes. The TMM does not disaggregate by sex, leaving room for speculation about who is being murdered.

Who’s behind it, globally

Check out Gender Critical Woman’s analysis of TMM and where the money comes from. It comes from the ARCUS foundation.

Trans Murder Monitoring Project is funded by the ARCUS foundation. You can see Jennifer Bilek’s work on ARCUS. It is an LGBT charity controlled by pharmaceutical heir Jon Stryker. The ARCUS foundation uses money to drive adoption of a medically-dependent lifestyle.

When you click on a country, a list of criteria for trans rights comes up. It’s a categorised list that gives a snapshot of the legal, social and political position of trans people.

For example:

  1. LEGAL SITUATION
    Legal Gender Recognition: Change of Name
    Change of name possible
    Pathologization requirement
    Sterilisation/SRS/GRT requirement

The implication is that if we can knock over these barriers then we can guarantee trans safety. It is an impetus to law-makers. “We have to stop the murders!”

This ignores that the overwhelming number of trans murders occur in the context of prostitution. Murders occur at the hands of homophobes. They occur in countries where life is cheap. Fast-tracking access to surgery will just put money in the pockets of big pharma and the medical industrial complex.

Who’s Behind it in Australia

Trans Day of Remembrance is a day observed internationally where people come together to read out the names of people murdered in transphobic attacks. We observe it in Australia too, even though we have registered only 4 murders in 13 years.

Just look at this picture on the TDOR website. Huddling together against the cold and the dark.

https://tdor.org.au/

A beautiful website and a calendar full of events. There’s money behind it. Far from being a grassroots initiative, TDOR is sponsored by multiple organisations, many of whom are powered by government grants.

CharityGov Grant Incoming
(last posted income)
TGV$160 000
Gender Centre$933 000
Parents of Gender Diverse ChildrenHas the VIC Gov logo on their site,
but no financial documents available
Y GenderSupported by Albert van Moorst Memorial Trust,
who last posted a statement in 2015
TransFolk WANon-government donations
A Gender Agenda$600 000
https://www.acnc.gov.au/

Of course there’s also a grift on the TDOR page. Donate, buy a badge or book training to “Make your school or workplace a safer place for trans people”.

My point here isn’t than community groups shouldn’t receive grants. It is that between them, these groups are presenting an incorrect picture of violence against trans people. There is no evidence of risk of hate crime, but this narrative pushes trans people into the arms of these support organisations. Organisations who’s bread and butter is to medicalise and mutilate.

These groups get money to serve their communities and improve the community as a whole. They don’t get the money to make slick websites that promote a false narrative.

Inflating the numbers

In 2019, trans woman

Mhelody Bruno was killed by an intimate partner. It’s not a very nice story. It’s not a story of transphobic hate, however. There is no epidemic of anti-trans violence in Australia.

The Gender Centre sponsored Eloise Brooks to do historical research and uncover the names of historical murder victims who may have been transgender. He found 15 names from the 1970s and 1980s because accurate records were kept and noone was falfisying birth certificates during that time. Oh isn’t it ironic.

Brooks told ABC that the names being read out represent anyone who dies for any reason. Again, widening the scope of TDOR and presenting a false narrative of violence.

“If you pass away for whatever reason, we’ll read your name out at our memorial and you will be remembered by your community for who you were, and honoured and cherished.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-20/today-is-transgender-remembrance-day-australia-acknowledge/11718366

If any of these people were serious about stopping violence, they would stop pretending. They would diagnose the causes and work to address them. But they are happy to sit in splendour, reading out the names of people who were not victims and pretending to be solving a problem which does not exist.

Further reading

https://fairplayforwomen.com/trans-murder-rates/

https://www.the11thhourblog.com/post/all-roads-lead-to-arcus

https://kareningalasmith.com/2021/04/21/counting-dead-trans-people/

https://www.australiawidefirstaid.com.au/resources/shark-attacks-australia

Puberty Blockers: Not enough evidence

The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has just published this excellent article pointing out that the science is FAR FROM settled on the application of piberty blockers to treat gender dysphoric children.

William Malone, Roberto D’Angelo, Stephen Beck, Julia Mason and Marcus Evans are leading clinicians. They raise serious questions about the efficacy of puberty blockers, the paucity of evidence supporting the rush to treatment.

Listen to me read out this article then check it out yourself

Quotes (all from the article)

Further, the magnitude of the post-treatment improvements in mental health was small. The depression (Beck Depression Inventory) scores improved by around 3 out of 63 points,

A study of 14 young people with gender dysphoria who were rejected from puberty suppression due to “psychological or environmental factors” found that at follow-up 1–7 years aer the original application, 11 of 14 did not feel any regret about not undergoing gender confirmation.7

…this same study, which to date is the only attempt to replicate de Vries and colleagues,5 found “no evidence of change in psychological function with GnRHa treatment“, including measures of distress and self-harm

The study concluded that the reported psychological improvements are “either of questionable clinical value,

Reference

Puberty blockers for gender dysphoria: the science is far from settled – The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health

https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-4642(21)00235-2

About The Lancet Child & Adolescent

Link to the article – you may need to register for free.

A final thought

When you are deciding whose evidence to follow, are you following the doctors who are providing treatments that put children on a life-long medical pathway? Or are you listening to these clinicians whose only aim is to help children get healthy so they can live their lives free of medical intervention?

Malone, D’Angelo, Beck, Mason and Evans don’t get paid to ask you to think twice before medicalising your kids. Gender Therapists, on the other hand, do stand to make a lot of money by convincing you that a perfectly healthy boy is really a girl because he likes Barbies.

How TransHub is Selling Experimental Drugs to Australian Children

TransHub is an informational source owned by ACON. They have lots of pages dedicated to children and how to transition children. They even look at the legal landscape in some detail.

I’ve made 2 videos on TransHub’s material on Puberty Blockers.

TransHub do not mention how dangerous these drugs are

TransHub perpetuates a myth that these regimes are too expensive (so that it will become easier for children to access experimental sterilizing treatments)

Wear It Purple is a profit-taking enterprise

Source:  Wear It Purple 2020 Annual ReportAustralian National Charity Register, Wear It Purple Blog

Wear In Purple is an Australian Youth charity. Their main activity is promoting “Wear It Purple” day where people are encouraged to wear purple in support of queer youth, rainbow youth and youth “being who they are” (who else would they be?)

Wear It Purple is a profit-taking enterprise

In 2020, they took $195k net profit and paid no wages, yet they still prominently ask for donations and sell merchandise.

Their main ‘product’ is participation in grassroots events which WIP support with graphics. Remote workers are provided with slick backgrounds they can use for their Zoom calls. These cost almost nothing to prepare. In fact the money paid to “consultants” by WIP in 2020 was only $600.

Wear It Purple promotes mutilation of children

In the article “It Took A Long Time To Know I Needed Top Surgery”, Lu Bradshaw describes a double-mastectomy as something she needed to have.

“It’s not that I don’t want you to. It’s that I wish you didn’t have to.” 

Lu Bradshaw

During her mid-teens, Lu was romantically rejected by another girl and went through a depressive episode before coming out as Non-binary. She goes through several crises and considers self harm.

I did hate my chest, and I was definitely in pain. Everything about it hurt. Binding hurt. Dysphoria hurt. Trying to resist the mounting self-harm urges hurt. Thinking hurt.

The she surrenders:

Eventually, when I was tired and frustrated enough, I changed tact. I stopped asking questions

This content is for a youth audience. In this article WIP promotes “2 years” as being a long time to consider whether to get a mastectomy. They promote surgery as a cure for psychological distress.

Wear It Purple Promotes Sexualised Exploitation of children

Jack (Jackaranda) is an 11 year old “drag queen” who’s parents feel it is appropriate to exploit him on social media. Wear It Purple has made him an ‘ambassador’ alongside other young / underaged people.

Wear It Purple Promotes Erosion of Student/Teacher Boundaries

Meet 17 year old Jack and his “queer” teacher Alex. Alex is also Wear It Purple’s official School Liaison Officer and one of the WIP Board Directors.

It’s inappropriate for teachers and students (particularly underage students) to discuss sexuality as equals. They are not equals – the teacher is in a position of authority over the student. The adult is in a position of authority over the child.

Wear It Purple promotes pseudoscience at schools

In this article, young woman named Jacob sets out how the doctrine should be taught at schools, including the ridiculous Genderbread Person and a nonsensical venn diagram of gender:

Wear It Purple has government support

This image of grown ups wearing face paint is from the Ipswitch Police

Many businesses are on board. More concerning – many government agencies. . –

In government agencies across Australia people are wearing purple to work just as they wear orange on Harmony Day.

It’s supposed to be about showing support for youth.

In fact, WIP is leading parents and children down a path of self-destruction.

All these police think they’re just wearing purple to just support kids. I doubt any of them think about what it means to support a trans child.

This is the first twist of the screw on the gas lamp. This is the first rise in temperature in the frog’s bathwater.

When you wear purple to support trans kids, do you know what you are supporting? Do you know that this small act undermines your future right to say no when your child decides she wants a mastectomy at age 12? Who will you turn to for support, after you’ve convinced everyone that the child knows best? Who will help you save your perfect child from her own distress?

Wear It Purple doesn’t care. Wear It Purple is a profit-taking enterprise.