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An open letter to the organisers of the “We Need to Talk Tour” from a group of feminists in Ireland

We write as cisgender feminists in Ireland to the organisers of the ‘We Need To Talk’ speaking tour who plan to hold an event in Ireland in February.

 

The main purpose of the ‘We Need To Talk’ tour is to promote opposition to the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act in the UK. The reformed act would allow people to self-declare their gender  (currently in the UK people are forced to go through the indignity of medical diagnosis in order to have their gender recognised). This proposed legal reform is a necessary and urgent step toward undoing the stigma, discrimination and violence that trans people in the UK currently endure. The organisers of ‘We Need to Talk’ are making a stop here in Ireland, under the guise of talking about abortion. However, their motives remain clear to us, and we write this letter to show that their exclusionary, discriminatory attitudes to trans people – in particular trans women – are not welcome here in Ireland. We will not sit in silence while the organisers of this meeting peddle ideas and opinions that are actively harmful to the well-being and safety of our comrades.

 

Trans women and men in Ireland have the legal right to self-declare their gender. Trans people and particularly trans women are an inextricable part of our feminist community. The needs of trans people are part of our campaigns. There is no difference between ‘feminists’ spreading transphobic and transmisogynist ideas or spreading racism or homophobia. We want no part of it, and we don’t want it here. So yes, we do need to talk.

We can see from your social media posts about your tour and its contents, that your opposition to the GRA is based on the idea that feminist organising and women’s rights will somehow be harmed through trans inclusivity and organising with our trans sisters. We know this is not true. We, the signatories of this letter, organise hand in hand with our trans sisters. Together, cis and trans, we are Irish feminism. Trans women are our sisters; their struggles are ours, our struggles theirs. They were our sisters before any state-issued certification said so and will always be no matter what any legislation says, either now or in the future.

 

In the south of Ireland*, trans women have been able to declare themselves women and have the state change their documentation to reflect that declaration since 2015. The sky has not fallen. Cis women have not lost anything whatsoever from this. If anything, all of Irish feminism has gained: our struggle for bodily autonomy gains in strength and momentum through this victory for our trans sisters. There are few things as feminists in Ireland we can say we have been pleased to see passed by the state. This, although flawed in its lack of recognition of trans children and non-binary people, is one.

So tell us: what is it that you know of Irish feminism that you feel entitled and authorised to come here and lecture us on? Dublin has not been part of the UK since 1921, yet you originally described ‘We Need To Talk’ as a UK tour while still including Dublin on your list of venues. This gives us some idea of how little you know about Irish realities, north or south.

 

We do not need you here. We have not had your support in our fight for #repealthe8th, our fight against the historical and ongoing impact of the Magdalene Laundries, our fight for taking back control of our hospitals from religious orders, our fight for justice for women and babies tortured and entombed in Mother and Baby homes.

 

Do you know, for example, that in the north of Ireland, legally part of the UK, women still cannot access safe and legal abortion? Have you campaigned on this in any way? If you have, why don’t we know about it? Did you strike in solidarity with us on March 8th last year? Did you even know we were striking and for what? Do you have any kind of concept of what a feminism in a country shaped by struggle against Empire looks like? Did you take even a second to consider that, in assuming you have the right to come here in any kind of position of feminist authority, you’re behaving with the arrogance of just that imperialism? We have had enough of colonialism in Ireland without needing more of it from you

 

We neither want nor need your lecture tour. You’re not welcome here.

Is sinnse,

Signing organisations:

The Abortion Rights Campaign
ARN – Anti-Racism Network Ireland
Bi+ Ireland
Choice Ireland
Galway Pro-Choice
Gay Community News
Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick
National LGBT Federation
Parents for Choice in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Rally for Choice
UCD Centre for Gender, Feminisms & Sexualities


Individuals:

Sinéad Redmond
Clare Kelly
Tracey Ryan
Linda Kavanagh
Lisa Keogh Finnegan
Antoinette Barrett Murphy
Helen Guinane
Aoife FitzGibbon O’Riordan
Rose Mullen
Maeve Fogarty
Caitríona McGrath
Janet O’Sullivan
Wendy Lyon
Eve Dove
Anne Mulhall
Sarah Clancy
Joanna Schaffalitzky
Jane D’Altuin
Fionnuala Murphy
Aislinn Wallace
Mary McAuliffe
Lora O’Brien
Nicola-Marie O’Riordan
Aisling Dolan
Sharon Nolan
Ciara Miller
Eileen Flynn
Maeve Foggy
Sinéad Dolan
Aoife Dermody
Marie McCormack
Suzy Cantrell
Annie Hoey
Stephie Lord
Linnea Dunne
Samantha Kenny
Sinéad Halpin
Siobhán Cawley
Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird
Caoimhe Doyle
Roisin Blade
Rita Wild
Rebekka K. Steg
Niamh P. Keoghan
Pamela Rochford
Yvonne Murphy
Eileen Flynn
Jean Smith
Caoimhe Ní Néill
Paula Dennan
Jenni Owen-Thomas
Emma Allen
Erika Csibi
Sarah Ferrigan
Joanne Dennehy
Eve Campbell
Jantien Schoenmakers
Sinéad Lowry
Maria Power
Kyna Delaney
Shauna Kelly
CD Prince
Lorna O’Hara
Cat Byrne
Aislinn O’Keeffe
Jane Robb
Karen Walsh
Ania Richardson
Aoife O’Connor
Alissa Dunsky
Rose Pelham
Donnla Brighid Nic Gearailt
Sinéad Williams
Hilary Phelan
Julie Ní Mháille
Joanne Donnelly
Jen Fagan
Saorlaith Ní Shuibhne
Sarah Mc guill
Rebecca Heslin
MaryAnne Daly
Kate Antosik-Parsons
Syd Delz
Terri Lawlor
Rebecca Heslin
Rebecca Jeffers
Clara Wolfe
Michelle Byrne
Louisa Moss
Aisling Cronin
Ciara Doyle
Niamh Beirne
Shirley Somers
Ilaina Khairulzaman
Alexandra Day
Priscilla Sheehan
Claire Loughran
Betsy Cornwell Lyons
Jodie Condon
Charlot Kristensen
S. Buckley
Katherine Cochrane
Felicity Rawson
Eavan Brennan
Gyunghee Park
Jane Magnet
Karyn Shaw
Saoirse Ní Chiaragáin
Amy Ní Chaoimh
Mairead Enright
Corinne O’Neill
Catriona Finn
Francisca Ribeiro
Niamh Cullen
Niamh Doherty
Sarah Fox
Angela Coraccio
Ciara burke
Michelle McCarthy
Rosa Bronks
Joanna Doran
Roisin Pierce
Sarah Ní Riain
Bella FitzPatrick
Hayley Brabazon
Catriona O’Brien
Zoe Hughes
Clara Purcell
Aisling Hayes
Siobhán Nevin
Emma Conway
Liath James
Mo Ludwig
Alice Henehan
Elaine Crory
Alison McDonnell
Jennifer Gore
Carly Bailey
Irma Bochorishvili
Joanna Langier
Debbie O Rourke
Ellie Byrne
Emer Smith
Eimear Dunne
Kate Mehegan
Eimear O Shea
Frisha Ishak
Sinéad Ruane
Leanne Davoren
Caroline West
Marie-Jeanne Jacob
Emma Day
Jessica Lawrence
Jennifer Browne
Ruth Maxwell
Aine O’Donnell
Evelyn Fitzpatrick
Megan Gallagher
Niamh O’Brien
Siobhán NíCheallaigh
Katie Dickson
Sarah Bevan
Aisling Bolton
Jessica Conor
Nessa Fitzgerald
Melanie McArdle
Lizzy MacKenzie
Rebecca Gorman
Sarah Lyons
Ellen Gough
Grace Healy
Bridget Fitzsimons
Maggie Bent
Ayfa Twomey
Kate O’Brien
Lizzy MacKenzie
Lisa Russell
Lizzy MacKenzie
Katie Donoghue
Aoife O’Donoghue
Clare Ní Cheallaigh
Sile Ni Dhubhghaill
Aisling Crowther
Meg Beare
Jenna Clarke-Molloy
Orla Delaney
Sian Conway
Claudia Conroy
Heather Leahy
Niamh McDonald
Emma Mattingley
Elizabeth Marshall l
Kelly Earley
Aine O Flaherty
Emer McHugh
Ciara Lynch
Rhona Lonerga
Clodagh Corry
Megan Nolan
Fiona Smith
Jessica Nic Eoin
Lorien Ennis
Sarah Slattery
Catherine Byrne
Lauren O’Keeffe
Elaine Murphy
Rebek’ah McKinney-Perry
Aileen Ferris
Maria Beirne
Niamh Beirne
Orlagh McIlveen
Aine O’Connell
Yvonne Lydon
Aisling Keane
Meabh Gallagher
Amy Ní Cholgáin
Eli Olafsen
Maria Nugent
Laura Mallon
Jen Aicken
Cindy Hill
Laura Fitzpatrick
Sarah McCarthy
Elaine Edmonds
Tiegan Johnston
Niamh Byrne
Kathryn Adams
Barbara Lee
Fiona Murphy
Aisling Reina
Catherine Allen
Maria O’Neill
Aileen O’Carroll
Ericka Duffy
Sandra Duffy
Gillian Fagan
Ellen Grehan
Rosa Thompson
Emma Burns
Lisa Kennedy
Ruth Fitzpatrick
Aideen Blackwood
Sorcha Walsh
Muireann McGlynn
Kristi O’Connor
Kate Bedford
Amy Joyce
Saffron Doporto
Antje (Catherine) Karl
Fi Rooney
Jana Aleksić
Aoife Riach Kelly
Lou Walker
Rachel Ryan
Laura Brown
Nicole Wevers
Kerrie Smith
Theresa O’Keefe
Angela Rolfe
Maebh Ryan
Alannah Murray
Gillian Fagan
Jess Lynch
Ygraine Bright
Emily o brien
Zoe Lawlor
Una Lahiff
Chloe Manahan
Nicki Dardis
Taryn de Vere
Hilary Darcy
Maureen O’Connor
Kathryn Coughlan
Kellie Nash
Megan Ward
Sinéad Garry
Rachel Quigley
Karen Skillington
Sarah McConnon
Aoife O’ Brien
Ruth Murphy
Emma Sammon
Jac Sinnott
Amanda King
Maggie walsh
Olivia Hannon
Lucy O’Hagan
April Blake
Sarah Louise Kernan
Judy Walsh
Emma Nolan
Caroline Pugh
Vanessa Lacey
Louise Byrne
Siobhan O’Mahony
Rebecca Doherty
Ríona Gallagher
Lorna Bogue
Shá Gillespie
Niamh Dolan
Carla O’Connell
Deirdre Mullen
Stephanie Fleming
Cheryl Harding
Niamh Ennis
Elena Martin
Emma Campbell
Laura Byrne
Sarah Kelly
Aisling Walsh
Isabelle Murphy
Clare Lanigan
Sinead McDonald
Kristine Wahl
Jill Arthur
Susann Huschke
Louise Cully
Íde Corley
Barbara Burke
Joanna Morrissey
Elaine Carroll
Mary Cosgrove
Robyn McCue
Kim O’Driscoll
Marie Kearns
Clare Leigh
Dearbhla Ní Fhaoilleacháin Ryan
Shelly Coen
Alice Barr
Niamh Murtagh
Jana Lyons
Nicole Dressen
Louise McCormac Parker Savins
Gráinne Fallon
Orla Doherty
Sinéad Leavy
Meadhbh Barry
Mary Ennis
Marina Reilly
Carol Coney
Kadie Pearse
Amy O’Callaghan
Carolina Cordero
May Watson
Una McGlynn
Melissa O Neill
Fionnuala Sweeney
Kelly obrien
Áine Kavanagh
Emily O’Connell
Casey Hynes
Fiona Kavanagh
Clara Higgins
Nessa Dinneen
Vanessa Phillips
K. Daily
Eléana Ní Mhurchú
Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin
Hannah scully
Frances McQuillan
Eimear McCarthy
Amanda Gosling
Cait Morgan
Nicki Dardis
Ruth O’Mahony
Naomi Bolger
Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana
Anna Harte
Aoibheann Baird
Orla Myers
Jacinta Fay
Bronwen Lang
Moira Keogh
Midge gallagher
Aoife Cooke
Katie Sweeney
Polly Molotov
Jude Barkley
Terri Cowan
Becca Day
Jessamine O Connor
Anthea West
Regina Fogarty
Yvonne Kiely
Maire Brophy
Sheila Armstrong
Maria Heschl
Gyunghee Park
Fíona Cuffe
Jene Hinds Kelly
Laura Venables
Gyunghee Park
Tra My Nguyen Hoang
Maggie Regan
Gyunghee Park
Emma Curtin
Emer O’Brien
Edel Brady
Aisling Murphy
Aoife Gray
Leigh Arthur
Barbara Seavers
Victoria Darragh
Emma Challacombe
Emma Minicozzi
Gina O’Brien
Deirdre O’Connor
Helen Flynn
Eva Jeffreys
Ciara Mc Nelis
Hayley Mulcahy
Laura Walsh
Susanne Breen
Maebh Ryan
Aoife Whelan
Aoife Ni Bhriann
Katie Dawson
Ellie Mahony
Donna Smith
Deborah Allen
Shauna Glennon
Edel Kirley
Siobhan Reynolds
Sophie Cremen
Marie O’Meara
Gea Bronkhorst
Elaine Dromey
Mary Buckley
Kate Brennan Harding
Adiba Jaigirdar
Ann Campbell
Sian Cowman
Margaret Cahill
Jo McParland
Rachael Kelleher
Jene Hinds Kelly
Kate Drinane
Sarah Tracey
Eimear Duffy
Sally Rooney
Deirdre Daly
Claire Cullen-Delsol
Lia Grogan
Sharon Mc Menamin
Gianna Tomasso
Teresa Coyne
Clodagh Walsh
Emer Corcoran
Miriam Devitt
Jane Forte
Niamh Cassidy
Adrianna Keenan
Sophia Moloney
Sofia O’Byrne
Geraldine Moorkens Byrne
Lauren Nolan
Claire Woods
Rae Power
Theresa Healy Atty
Nicole Dressen
Eve Chambers
Siobhàn O’Hara
Reece Davis
Tracy Day
Martha Clark
Clodagh Leonard
Siobhan Ramos
Sarah Fallon
Jordan Ely
Sara Faulkner
Paula Ní Ríogáin
Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson
Karin Isabella O’Connor
Dee Blake
Grace Williams
Siobhan Reynolds
Aoife Cáit Claffey
Susanne Breen
Sara Canning
Clodagh Walsh
Paula Gahan
Karen Mulreid
Shona O’Flaherty
Tanya Cody
Laura Loftus
Leah Rea
Jane McKeever
Jacqui O’Riordan
Federica Donghi
Katherina Curley
Jade O’Toole
Helen Ryder
Carla Callanan
Patricia King
Sarah Ann Behan
Orlaith Whelan
Teresa Coyne
Anna Carey
Natasha McGuire
Claire Brophy
Hannah Carey-Smyth
Lila Ré Monteiro
Ashleigh Page
Carrie O’Flynn
Jennifer Dalton
Róisín O’Coineen
Anne-Marie Flynn
Ashling Cronin
Kellie White
Clíona Hensey
Heidi Corbally
Aisling Twomey
Róisín Nic Craith
Sadie Ní Manacháin
Marianne Farrelly
Meadhbh Ryan
Róisín Ní Haicéid
Melissa Shiels
Ellen Tannam
Sarah Frazer
Edelle McMahon
Clémence Saintemarie
Emma Foley
Tríona Barrow
Dawn Byrne
Sharon O’Brien Gleeson
Martina Dunne
Robyn Deane
Audrey Kerr
Aoife O’Driscoll
Lisa Coen
Danielle Malone
Catherine Murray
Bernie A D’Arcy
Anna Mac Carthy
Maria Francesca
Thérèse Lyons
Gina Dooley
Beth O’Neill
Niamh Ní Raghallaigh
Helen Gargan
Caroline Ní Loingsigh
Orla Drohan
Donnamarie Higgins
Sophie Crowther
Ann Ryan
Carol Conway
Anna Cassidy
Caitriona Ni Mhurchu
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Laura McNamee
Laetitia Deering
Cat O’Sullivan
Catriona Murtagh
Sarah Wright
Hazel O’Keeffe
Mary McGuinness
Becca Starr
Aisling Deevy
Aisling Christie
Maura Flanagan
Saorlait Moore-Foley
Clare Kavanagh
Séona Jane Lee
Kerry Cuskelly
Lilian Smith
Audrey gillespie
Aoife Giles
Maebh Murphy
Sarah Holland
Alexandra Day
Sophie Blaney-Parslow
Aline Courtois
Ruth McCarthy
Keava Lennon
Rachel Walsh
Hayley Little
Deborah Foy
Claire Nolan
Elaine Dromey
Rebecca Robson
Aoife Murphy
Caroline O’Neill
Alison Coll
Helen Stonehouse
Kate Sheehy
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Sharon Leavy
Rebeccah O Donovan
Ellen Reid
Lynda sheridan
Sinéad Bermingham
Jessica Elaine Bernard
Kathi Burke
Gina Keenan
Robyn Maguire
Amy McDonald
Bríd Ní Ghallchoir
Shauna Bruder
Dairíona Ní Mhuirí
Maeve O’Brien
Kate Fitzgerald
Zoe Angel
Brenda Shields
KellyAnne Toland
Aoife O’Neill Gormley
Julie Anne Carleton
Claire Caulfield
Sharon McDaid
Heather Champion
Sara Lovic
Caoimhe Flynn
Rebecca Walsh
Hayley Dowling
Jennifer Lyons
Elaine Burke
Aoife O’Dwyer
Elaine Barry
Ciara Coy
Shonagh Strachan
Pamela Smith
Helen O’Mahony
Róisín Mooney
Fiona Hanley
Anna Acciarini
Anna O’Neill
Susan O Keeffe
Meadhbh Ni Dhuinn
Eilís Dunne
Maria Kenny
Kate Purcell
Naomi McArdle
Miriam Needham
Catherine Byrne
Emma Farrell
Niamh Ní Lochlainn
Samantha Keaveney
Jennifer Ryan
Marguerite Smith
Karen Sugrue
Sharon Gibbons
Catherine Sharp
Laura Sicat
Jane Taylor
Katy Clinch
Karie Reilly
Sabrina Meyn
Anne Sexton
Fiona Hill
Christine Greene-O’Brien Gleeson
Lauren Foley
Erin Ferris
Jenny McDonnell
Orlaith Finnegan
Jen Ronan
Michali Hyams
Jenny Hislop
Sinead Ahern
Kim Cadogan
Laura Ryan
Niamh Murray
Linda Hayden
Emma Delahan
Oonagh Montague
Shannen O’Brien
Michelle Herbert
Rachel Hanna
Susan Daly
Aoibhínn Slattery
Eve Golden Woods
Sinead Kennedy
Aoife Flynn
Aoife Fox
Nicola Brennan
Katherine O’Keefe
Laura Kelly
Claire McGinley
Orla Henderson
Sarah Taaffe-Maguire
Debi Millar
Michaela Niland
Therese McKenna
Siobhan Barry
Katy Lynch
Eleanor White
Nella Maguire
Doris Murphy
Siobhán Clancy
Orla MacNaeidhe
Lorraine Monagle
Pamela Connolly
Lucy Browne
Bernadette Morris
Susan Potter
Sarah Baxter
Beth walsh
Síle Lahiff
Brid Ryan
Kathrine Rive
Richael Carroll
ShelkyBean
Pauline Keane
Leonie Hilliard
Laura Bray
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Holly Brown
Méabh de Brún
Linda O’Leary
Claire Fleming
Elizabeth Cottuli
Jennifer Creedon
Sinéad Magner
Alicia McNally
Anne Dillon
Catherine Baker
Chloe Farquhar
Anna Walsh
Dee Shaw
Sonia Murphy
Meadhbh McDermott
Amanda Sesker
Marie Gibson
Yvonne Fogarty
Tamineh Nazari
Sinéad o’Rourke
Ruth Carroll
Eimear Morrissey
Stacey Grant-Canham
Cat Hughes
Jojo Begley
Jane van Zanten
Brenda Murphy
Siobhan Greaney
Kathy Foley
Matthew Smith
Jennifer Schweppe
Ciara Dawson
Joanne Byrne
Courtney Carey
Heather McNamee
Carol O’Riordan
Ailbhe O’Nolan
Alex McKenzie
Georgina Barrow
Lisa Twohig
Vivienne Daly
Colleen Howe
Deborah Hadley
Carla Kerr
Laura O’Brien
Claire McGing
Lisa Dempster
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Kathleen Gaul
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Kelly-Ann Daly
Nicola Moffat
Cassandra Dalzell
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Ellen Brickley
Emma O’Brien
Edel Hennessy
Emma Wallace
Cathie Sweetman-Healy
Gillian Dempsey
Holly English
Amy Corkery
Cat O’Driscoll
Jessica Trimble
Karen Shiels
Jane van Zanten
Amy Moran
Margo Carr
Rachel O’Connor
Meg Antonia Rybicka
Madi O’Carroll
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Eithne Browne
Jessie Dolliver
Claire Hourihane
Barbara Murphy
Sadhbh Mc Quillan
Samantha Duff
Jean O’Brien
Dearbhla Ryan
Sarah Davis-Goff
Sinéad Ní Bheoláin
Karyn Moynihan
Annette McDonnell
Caroline Kelly
Darry Reed
Joanna Thompson
Sadhbh Mac Lochlainn
Niamh Allen
Orla Connaughton
Aishling McWalter
Anita Furlong
Aoife Mullins
Shanon Mone
Susannah Appleby
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Claire Murray
Verity Quirk
Cathryn Mannion
Fiona Griffiths
Cliona Kelly
Anne Duffin
Jo Parsons
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Barbara Morrissey
Katherine Condon
Sue Jordan
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Carmen García
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Frances McCormack
Karen Anderson
Cisca Devereux
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Ursula Barry
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Chloe Kiely
Aoife Mullan
Mairead Ryan
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Emma Chubb
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Elena Schuster
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Leeanne Hinch
Ruth Lally
Caroline Malone
Rebecca O’Neill
Liadh Young
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Abigail Cunniff
Jennifer Ryder
Aoife Greenhan
Cathie Shiels
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Katherine O’Meara Reynolds
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Holly O’Neill
Laura Grainger
Ciara McShane
Cat O’Brien
Maxine Walsh
Sarah Ferrigan
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Laura Lovejoy
Ciara Murphy
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Kate McGrew
Meg Mulcahy
Lisa Cassidy
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Anna Harris
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Caoimhe Horgan
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Karen Miano
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Nina Miano
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Cassia O’Dwyer
Karen Wade
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Mollie Fairclough
Emer O’Toole
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Margaret Clarke
Vicky Langan
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Tonya McDonagh
Aideen Quilty
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Tara O’ Donnell
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Natalie Conway
Tara Flynn
Bríd Dunne
Ally Scott
Rachael Dardis
Chloe Moloney
Fi Rooney
Rebecca Kennedy
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Ellen Whelan
Anna Wright
Laura Lee
Christine Perkins
Noirin MacNamara
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Doreen Kirker
Lucie Kavanagh
Monica Kelly
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Debbie Murray Dargan
Leonie Tang
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Beth O’Reilly
Anna Kealey
Emma McManus
Laura McVeigh
Yvonne Aherne
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Tara O’Brien
Ruth Hirsch
Chloe Fagan
Emma Keenan
Róisín O’Byrne
Laura Duhan
Jessica Fletcher
Susan Browne
Donna Hughes
Caoimhe Meaney
Frances Mccormack
Sarah Anne Dunne
Lisa Murnane
Orla Egan
Sarah Jankowitz
Sarah Maria Griffin
Nora Hanney
Eims O’Reilly
Eimear Maguire
Polly Doyle
Mary Kay James
Pauline James
Martina Bohrdt
Amantha Murphy
Vivienne S. Coyle
Louise Coffey
Louise Walsh
Jennifer Brennan
Jessica Herbert
Niamh Grennan
Sadhbh Nuanán Ní Dhonnabháin
Anastasia Ryan
Suzan Gunbay
Marnie Holborow
Eva Short
Helen O Sullivan
Niamh Carton
Aveen McEvoy
Paulette Putt
Ailish Brennan
Muireann Montague
Stephanie Hanlon
Cliodhna Kelleher
Melanie O’Donovan
Kate Hennessy
Louise Banable
Linda McGrath
Margo Carr
Siobhan Mckenna
Deirdre O’Reilly
Dawn Gibbons
Rachel Buckley
Catherine Couvert
Aoife Ngo
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Laura Keegan
Dearbhla O’Beirne
Ruthe Phoenix
Mary NI Laomdha
Helen McBride
Sophie McDonald
Aoife McCormack
Emily Donnelly
Irene Siragusa
Kate De Burca
Michelle McKenna
Bronagh Kelly
Rebecca Matassa
Sarah-Anne Kennedy
Anita Charles
Sarah Kirk
Hazel Moloney
Kate Large
Angeline Adams
Stephanie Rains
Zoe Coleman McNair
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Melanie Whelan
Katie Donohoe
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Julia Canney
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Hollie Gilson
Gem Warne
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Elisa Querré
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Arlene Frances
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Lu Saborio
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Katie Twomey
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Jane Mulcahy
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Marielle Xuereb
Jane Brideson
Paola Rivetti
Nadine Claxton
Cat Givens
Jillian McCue-Molloy
Tina O’Toole
Niamh Kavanagh
Nicola Harris
Rachel Keynes
Katie McAndrew
Ciara McConnell
Eve Carolan
Sorcha de Búrca
Rachel Keogh
Kellie Nash
Teresa Kelly
Rachel Wilson
Claire Snowdon
Kate Lafferty
Kate Morris
Megan Clifford
LauraJane Quirk
Seáneen Sullivan
Claire Cullen
Aine O Neill
Emer Fox
Teresa Kelly
Kristin Bodt
Niamh White
Jenna Healy
Catherine Kelly
Megan Brookman
Sonja Rohan
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Barbara Franzoni
Sarah O Reardon
Teresa Kelly
Sinéad Gleeson
Clare Hayes-Brady
Teresa Kelly
Nova Holt
Ciara Browne
Ciara Maher
Hollie Leddy Flood
Mary Jane Farrer
Amy O’Sullivan
K. White
Ciara Hamilton
Jessica McNamara
Nikita Mulready
Emily Tock
Tashara Studebaker
Celine Byrne
Chloé McLaughlin
Caroline Barrett
Caroline Craddock
Emily Harford
Sara Hudson
Dervla O’Neill
Sasha Albertini
Sarah Wright
Andrea Cleary
Brianna Beech
Caoimhe Donnelly
Katie Scully
Rachel Boyle
Holly Burnard
Toni Lee
Kate O’Hara
Kate morris
Marion Fleming
Denise Medea
Jennifer Power
Maria o Driscoll
Hazel O’Kelly
Stephanie Woodcock
Rae McKinlay
Edel Murray
Sophia Murray
Zita Prinsloo
Ciara Quinlan
Emma O’Connell
Sarah MacIsaac
Casey Hynes
Niamh Birkett
Orlaith Slater
Eleanor Mc Ilroy
Hannah Ní Chonghaile
Ciara Gildea
Catherine Murray
Kayleigh Haberlin
Caroline Kennedy
Jennifer White
Lana Mayer
Edel Marples
Caroline Giles
Roisin Cronin
Kellie Turtle
Brianna Reid
Sinéad Dunne
Annie Keegan
Emily Duffy
Leah Buckley
Edana Gorham
Emma O’Connell
Jessika Hogan
Natalia R Fernandez
Teresa Kelly
Kathleen Hannon
Caroline Kennedy
C Meldon
Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan
Eileen Gormley
Lucía Cernadas Varela
Chloe Marshall
Jean Kelly
Gillian Kearns
Beth Whelan
Kody Coughlan
Lauren Mulvihill
Caroline Dixon
Kelsie Fitzgerald
Dr Brooke Magnanti
Áine Kavanagh
Claddagh Nic Lochlainn
Joan Crowley
Noela Broz
Sharon McMenamin
Sarah Pierce
Sabrina Ní Shluain
Amy rochford
Ann Prendiville
Rosemary Kelly
Síomha Murphy
Claire Warren
Claire Byrne
Megan Thornton
Ann Casey
Artemide Almeria Baraldi
Fia Magdelene
Anabelle Stehl
Susan Hannon
Rachael Walsh
Amy McBride
Chloe Ní Bhroin
Kitty McGuinness
Amy Metcalfe
Eimear McHugh
Aishling Hassett
Katherine Fama
Sarah Stanley
Rebekah Leacy
Caitriona Gillman
Christine Irwin Murphy
Bevin Murphy
Fiona Kirk
Etain O’Kane
Haris Scocozza
Jody Kelly White
Denise Murray
Tess Purcell
Rachel Thompson
Christine Morris
Aideen Farrell
Samuel Foxton
Eveanne Kelly
Kate Delaney
Danielle Donovan
Medb Madigan
Dorothy Nicholson
Linda McConnell
Aine Walsh

 

 

* As Irish intersectional feminists, North and South, we recognize that our feminism must be anti-imperialist and anti-colonialist. At the request of feminists in the North, who are affected daily by British colonialism, we use the terms “the South” and “the North” as a rejection of the legitimacy of partition and the failed northern statelet known as “Northern Ireland”.

We recognise that other people on the island use different terms for these entities and there are a lot of differing views on this. However, we use these terms purposefully, as acknowledgement that this island is still under partition by a colonial power.

 

 

 

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About Sinéad Redmond

Angry feminist, pro-choice & maternity rights activist, software engineer. Mother of a beautiful little girl. Enjoys ruining feminism for everyone.

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  1. Add my name please

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  2. Amazing Letter.

    Add my name.

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  3. Add my name.

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  4. Why have I received this No I am not Irish by birth ,I am a feminist a lesbin and have never heard of this tour thing so why have you sent me this accusing me of something i did

    not even know existed ?and wouldo not support .CHECK YOUR DETAILS PLEASE.I do not need or deserve hate,NOONE does.

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    • Ioma, I’m sorry that someone sent this to you and you thought it was about you personally.

      It’s an open letter, we’ve published it publicly to make a public statement that Irish cis feminists support trans women. Anyone can view the letter.

      It’s written to the organisers of the We Need To Talk Tour. You say you’re not one and that you don’t support them, so this letter is NOT written to you.

      I think it’s most likely that someone sent you the link because they thought you might be interested.

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  5. Please add my name: Íde Corley. Thanks!

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  6. Please add my name! Nessa Dinneen

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  7. Eléana Ní Mhurchú

    Please add my name, Eléana Ní Mhurchú.

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  8. Aoife Marie O'Donnell

    Aoife Marie O’Donnell . Please add my name!

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  9. Can we reblog this on The Queerness to show our support?

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  10. Niamh Geraghty. Please add my nMe.

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  11. Phenomenal letter.
    Please add my name.

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  12. Brilliant letter. Please add my name. Keep up the good work. xxx

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  13. Yes! Powerful and glorious. This is what sisterhood looks like and reminds me of the cohesion we had in the 1980s.! It makes exclusionary ideology look exactly like it is, mean-spirited, regressive and full of fear and hate. I wish women’s organisations in the UK would express their support like this. In solidarity!

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  14. Reidun Schlesinger

    please add my name

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  15. Add my name please

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  17. Roisin O'Connor

    A beautiful written letter, would love to add my name to it!

    Roisin O’Connor

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  18. Aoife Cáit Claffey

    Please add my name – Aoife Cáit Claffey. Thanks!

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  19. Lorraine Grimes

    Add my name

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  20. Fantastic letter.

    Please add my name

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  21. Please add my name Grainne Coyne

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  22. Please add my name to this important document, thanks for organising it.

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  23. Please add my name

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  24. Please add my name – Isolde ÓBrolcháin Carmody. I am not comfortable with the idea of preventing people from speaking, but this is a message that needs to be heard. Thank you for writing it.

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  25. please add my name! Roo Honeychild

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  26. Add

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  27. Seána Mc Gough

    Add my name

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  28. Fantastic letter,
    Please add my name.

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  29. Please add my name

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  30. Caroline O'Neill

    Please add my name

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  31. Please add my name! Keep up the good work x

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  32. Please add my name.

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  33. Caroline O'Connell

    I would like to add my name in support of my trans sisters. Turf the Terfs.

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  34. Please sign me too – Susan McGrady

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  35. This is an absolutely wonderful letter ❤

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  36. Michelle Herbert

    Michelle herbert

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  37. Yes! This is amazing. Please add my name.
    Sir Altivanik, a.k.a. Shir Madness

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  38. Well said. Please add my name.

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  39. A beautiful response to these bullies. Feminism is not feminism unless it is intersectional and supportive of all women (including trans women).
    Thank you – from a UK trans woman

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  40. Amazing work, please add my name – Hayley Douglas.

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  41. A great letter. Please add my name – Caoimhe McAleenan.

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  42. Please leave my name

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  43. Please add my name
    Natale Finn

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  44. Thank you for standing up to the TERF filth

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  45. Brilliant letter. Please add my name 🙂

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  46. Please add my name – Emma Burke

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  47. Orfhlaith Mulvihill

    Well said. Admittedly, I am not comfortable with people not being allowed to exercise the right to freedom of speech but hate speech cannot be tolerated. As an intersectional feminist, I stand in support of our trans sisters. Please add my name, go raibh maith agat – Orfhlaith Mulvihill

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  48. Fine. You’ve had your say. Now let those people who want to go to this meeting and have their conversation do so and those who don’t can stay away and everyone will be happy. Believe it or not, there are some Irish people who do want this meeting. Having attended some of the other talks – and in fact having spoken at one about my experience of being beaten up by trans activists – there is no reason to think there will be hate speech there. The only people advocating hatred and violence are trans activists – not women who are being hurt or feel threatened by them. http://www.peaktrans.org

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    • Skepticat- you make me laugh. You claim there will be no hate speech but you endorse and engage in vicious attacks on trans women trans identities, and you claim to speak on behalf of “real women”.

      WE DON’T WANT YOU AND WE DON’T WANT YOU TO SPEAK FOR US.

      Your rhetoric is toxic, narrow minded and self defeating, as is the lot with you whackjobs.

      Please leave us, and trans people alone.

      NOT WELCOME.

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    • Sarah-Anne Kennedy

      Skepticat, you align all trans people with violent rapists and criminals. You goaded those people into attacking you at Speakers Corner. You went there with an agenda and you are only too delighted that they assaulted you. You now have “proof” that all trans people are like this. They are not. I don’t condone the assault, but do not tar everyone with the same brush. You are filled with hate against a minority and have a record of this.

      You and your ilk are not welcome here. You can have your event but we Irish will not stand idly by and say nothing. We’ve had enough of British colonialists telling us what they think we should do by now.

      There is a difference between free speech and hate speech and your hate speech will not go unchallenged.

      Trans rights are human rights.

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      • Mattie'sBumFlannel

        “You goaded those people into attacking you at Speakers Corner. You went there with an agenda and you are only too delighted that they assaulted you.”

        Jesus. Please engage your critical thinking faculties and really reflect on what you’re saying here. You are defending male thuggery and violence against a fellow woman on the basis that she goaded him into it. Uppity old hag standing up for women’s right to assemble and discuss issues pertaining to their oppression as a sex (not gender identified) caste. Deserves a good thrashing and, moreover, she asked for it and wanted it. Really think about that. Internalised misogyny is a very pure manifestation of colonisation.

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        • Sarah-Anne Kennedy

          I’m not saying she deserved it. I’m not saying she asked for it. But she did go looking for an altercation and that is where it sets it apart. I don’t condone the attack but she was not an innocent bystander. Herself, Venice Allan and her ilk have a consistent history of verbal abuse in their hate campaign against trans women. Again, while I don’t condone the physical assault I don’t feel she can act surprised that her intention to provoke an altercation did just that. In her comments on her own blog she condones violence, ” I too grew up in a family of boys as well as having trained in kickboxing. If only I’d had the camera smasher to myself, I’d have beaten him senseless.” She’s a hypocrite. She uses this assault to tar all trans women as violent. She is milking the experience to support her hate speech. And that is wrong.

  49. As a Canadian transwoman with ancestors on both sides of the ‘border’, I have never been prouder of the home of my ancestors!

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  50. I’d like to add my name please Sharon Hughes

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  51. Catherine Murphy

    Please add my name to this letter. I am Irish, married to a British trans woman and we both approve of this so strongly.

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  52. Cassie McGuinness

    Add my name please

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  53. Jessica Fletcher

    Please add my name

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  54. Please add my name.

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  55. Please add my signature to your letter. I am immensley proud to be living in the Republic of Ireland, I moved here (Wexford) from my native England just over a year ago, I am a post op trans woman, and I’m deeply, deeply moved by your letter, & would love to be involved with your movement. I also think that the island of Ireland should be united as one Republic.

    Kind Regards,

    Eve Wallis

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  56. Please add my name, Kevin Williams … Thank you for your wonderful humanitarian work.

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  57. absolutely amazing and so moving – please add my name!

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  58. Excellent letter, you have my full support. These people (will they be offended if I call them people) need to keep their noses out of our affairs and stop trying to peddle their hatred. Please add my name too

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  59. Mighty!
    Please add my name if you have time – Vicky Donnelly

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  60. Nicola Fox Hamilton

    We are not equal until we are all equal. Please add my name.

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  61. Please add my name! Fala Buggy

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  62. please add my name Jim Donnelly

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  63. thanks for standing up to the terfs 🙂

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  65. Please add my name – Jane Brideson

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  66. Add my name.

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  67. add my name

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  68. Elizabeth Fitzgerald

    Please add my name.

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  69. Glad to see everyone take a stand. Please add my name if you’re still taking signatories.

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  70. Please add my name. Linda Wilson. Thank you.

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  71. Wow thank you for this xxx. I started reading all the names, and then realised just how many names there are. From one trans guy in the UK who has felt really down in the dumps since this transphobic feminism kicked back into action. Much love to you all. Xxx

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  72. Thank you for this. Please add my name!

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  73. Please add my name. Thank you

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  74. Please add my name too 🙂

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  75. So brilliant! Sadly I can’t add my name as I don’t live in Ireland, but I love your sentiment. Rock on ALL the women of Ireland! x

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  76. Sarah-Anne Kennedy

    Hi,

    Brilliant letter and thank you for supporting trans rights. I don’t understand the TERFs. What are they are afraid of? It’s not like there’s only so much equality to go round. I did them so bizarre.

    Are there plans to protest the talk on the night? I would love to spend my Valentine’s supporting trans rights and protesting against hate speech.

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  77. Excellent letter, I will sign my name

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  78. Please add me too. Grainne Blair

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  79. Aífe Twomey Dunphy

    Hear hear!

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  82. Artemide Almeria Baraldi

    Please add my name: Artemide Almeria Baraldi, from Italy. Thanks for this wonderful letter! 🙂

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  83. Just want to express my solidarity. I am genderqueer and English, not cisgender or Irish, so I am not sure if I am eligible to sign, but I think making it clear that TERFs are not welcome is an excellent idea, and I also object to English feminists “helicoptering in” to other countries without understanding the struggles and efforts of feminists in those countries.

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  84. Mattie'sBumFlannel

    I strongly urge all young Irish women to read Susan McKay’s piece in last Saturday’s “The Irish Times”. The gains made for women in this country and elsewhere by second wave feminists – TERFs in the new parlance of hatred for anyone female (of course) who dares to question any aspect of trans ideology – are very new and always fragile. Let there be no doubt that the oppression and subjugation of women was always centred on their female bodies, not any nebulous gender identity. It was never possible for women to identify out of that oppression. TERFs – meet the new witches; same as the old witches.

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    • Not all second-wave feminists are TERFs and not all TERFs are second-wave feminists. But tell me, what gains did second-wavers achieve through being TERFy that they couldn’t have achieved without being TERFy?

      Since the Gender Recognition Act was passed in Ireland in 2015 – the very legislation that British TERFs are coming here to warn us about – Irish women have achieved the right to refuse unwanted interventions in childbirth (HSE v B), an expanded right of access to emergency contraception, and are on the cusp of the massive gain of repealing the eighth amendment. All this while accepting the right of people to self-identify their gender. Does it look like we’ve gone backwards since the GRA?

      Oh by the way, you know Betty Friedan – the ultimate second-wave feminist – made comparable arguments about lesbians, don’t you? Trans women – meet the new witches, same as the old witches.

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  86. I’m not Irish but I love this & feel a little proud to share a name (that’s uncommon in the US) with some wonderful women on this list! Nicely written.

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