ACTION: Ongoing Campaign — Call the Presidential Candidates Out on the Harms of ‘Gender Identity’

The Issue:

The Democratic presidential candidates are either ignorant of or are willfully supporting the harms of this definition of ‘gender identity’ in the proposed Equality Act (EA): “The term ‘gender identity’ means the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.” This definition replaces the material reality of “sex” as a legal category, with a self-declared feeling and sex stereotype. It erases women as a legal sex-based category; it mandates that any male, at any time, who says he is a woman must be given access to women’s sex-segregated spaces. It eradicates women’s bodily privacy in homeless shelters, prisons, and locker rooms/showers. It obliterates women’s sports teams and scholarships, and women’s right to gather or organize without the presence of males. It opens the door to sterilizing children and enables the government to remove them from their parents’ custody if they do not ‘affirm’ their child’s self-diagnosed ‘trans identity.’ And much more.

Democrats are leaving the party in droves. When will the candidates listen?

What You Can Do:

Saturate the Democratic presidential candidates. Over the next couple of weeks, the Gender Critical Action Center will be tweeting at the candidates. Please follow us and retweet. If you can, tweet them on your own. If you are a Democrat, say so, and tell them that you are not in alignment with the sexist and homophobic “gender identity” agenda.

Scripts:

We will be tweeting these and posting them on Facebook, tagging the candidates. Please retweet, or tweet them yourself, and share our posts on Facebook:

Ask yourself and ask your constituents: How equal is the Equality Act in its present form? Equality requires facts, not ideology. “Gender identity” feelings or appearances must not displace facts as basis of law.

‘Gender identity’ as defined in the EA is truly sexist, politically regressive, and anti-science: Mammals of either sex can change their appearance and their mood or feelings, but their feelings, mood or appearance cannot change their sex.

Do you actually believe in any corner of your mind that a person can change, or “identify out of,” his or her sex? Male people who insist on entering intimate spaces reserved for female people invade women’s spaces. Imagine you’re on the receiving end!

As a law-maker, you understand that there can be no law lacking plausible and verifiable definitions. “Gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or other gender-related characteristics” in the new EA fails to meet this standard.

To erase women as a legal sex-based category? This is what “gender identity” in the EA does. I urge you to protect women as a legal sex-based category.

Ask your conscience and your constituents: Does it benefit society to erase women and girls’ protection as a legal sex-based category? This is what ‘gender identity’ in the EA does.

Sexual orientation is not the same thing as ‘gender identity.’ ‘Gender identity’ ideology is homophobic and misogynistic. Amend the EA to protect sexual orientation and women’s sex-based rights.

Targets:

Twitter:

@TomSteyer, @CoryBooker, @KamalaHarris, @ewarren, @PeteButtigieg, @BetoORourke, @amyklobuchar, @JulianCastro, @GovBillWeld, @AndrewYang, @TimRyan, @JohnDelaney, @BernieSanders, @GovernorBullock, @JoeSestak, @MichaelBennet, @WayneMessam, @TulsiGabbard, @marwilliamson, @JoeBiden, @MarkSanford, @WalshFreedom, @DanaBashCNN, @andersoncooper, @ChrisCuomo, @donlemon, @NBCNews, @MSNBC, @ABC, @CBSNews, @FoxNews, @CNN, @CNBC, @nytimes, ‏@WSJ, @USATODAY, @NewYorker, @latimes, ‏@WashTimes, @washingtonpost, @Jezebel, @Independent, @DiscoverSoc, @IrishCentral, @mmfa, @JeanneCummings, @aaronzitner, @JaneMayerNYer, @fstonenyc, @LizaPluto ‏

Facebook:

@officialtomsteyer, @corybooker, @KamalaHarris, @ElizabethWarren, @petebuttigieg1, @betoorourke, @amyklobuchar, @julianforthefuture, @GovBillWeld, @andrewyang2020, @timryanforamerica, @JohnKDelaneyJKD, @berniesanders, @GovernorBullock, @joesestak, @michaelbennet, @WayneForAmerica, @TulsiGabbard, @williamsonmarianne, @joebiden, @marksanford, @joewalsh, @NBCNews, @MSNBC, @ABCNetwork, @CBSNews, @FoxNews, @CNN, @CNBC, @nytimes, @wsj, @usatoday, @newyorker, @latimes, @TheWashingtonTimes, @washingtonpost, @Jezebel, @TheIndependentOnline, @discoversociety, @IrishCentral, @Mediamatters