For a Trade Union activist, such as myself, the behaviour of the Trade Unions, in respect of Gender Identity Ideology, has been particularly dispiriting to witness. I was a branch committee member for UCU (University and Colleges Union) and they have been so dreadful I am not even a member anymore. Carole Towle is a Lesbian: one of the vichy types. Totally on board with the “trans” dogma. I will split this into two parts to cover the background of some of the names trans-activists because I think it gives important context.
The point is delving deep into this book is to make sure we have a record of all the naive /nefarious people who aided and abetted this war on women. Did Carola ever stop to think about the impact on young lesbians? Did she know that many men who wish to be “women” are men with a fetish? Well it appears Carola did know and NALGO (one of the Unions that merged to form UNISON) were reaching out to transvestites and “transsexuals” in their first Lesbian and Gay newsletter in 1974! That is nearly fifty years ago!
The Lesbian and Gay network originally thought the issue of “trans” people was not something they should be concerned with but then they changed their mind. They were right the first time. Not only has transgender ideology become an overt attack on the idea of SEXual orientation it has become a blatant assault on women’s rights, as a sex class.
The first union to be captured seems to have been the now defunct, Manufacturing Science and Finance Union (MSF);which merged with other unions to become Unite. Towle reports that no official decision was taken but trans activists became involved in the Lesbian and Gay networks. This is sometimes called “transjacking” and it’s a tactic to force-team the LGB with the T; thereby piggy backing on the progress made by gay rights organisations. It is noticeable that this was a change of tactic; T strategy had been to distance themselves from homosexuals to avoid being “tainted” as they saw it. But by 2000 the MSF made an attempt to formally introduce the idea of “trans” inclusion in a UNISON motion. This was rejected at the first attempt and was clearly a divisive issue.
Now three other unions added their voices to the movement to include “trans”. Civil servants union (FDA), teachers and actors union led the way. The capture of the Trade Union movement was underway.
In order to prepare the ground for a successful motion, via the TUC, a member of the trans lobby group, Press For Change, was invited as an observer to TUC meetings. The person chosen was a trans-identified male; Claire McNab; Mcnab did a lot of the legal work to prepare for the Gender Recognition Act.
McNab was not the only trans-activist invited to advise the union. Right from the beginning they outsourced their thinking on this issue to some of the more extreme proponents of gender identity ideology. The TUC was blind to the impact on women of “trans-inclusion” policies and naive about the fetishistic men clamouring to come out of the shadows. Year’s of furtive cross-dressing. and the shame of transvestic fetishism and the desire to practice it in public were dual motives to be legitimised /rebranded as possessors of an innate gender identity,
The TUC brought in some key trans activists to advise them and in doing so allowed them to set the policy for the Trade Union movement. Stephen Whittle, Christine Burns and Aisla Spindler were also drafted in.
I have covered Whittle and Burns extensively, on this blog, but not Spindler. Spindler is a trans-identified male whose career history includes ILGA, Europe ;Terrence Higgins Trust and awards from Stonewall Scotland. He has now turned up in Ireland working for the Gay Project.
Spindler is currently anxious to set up a women’s rugby team and you can see him here on a YouTube made for children, arguing for “trans women” to be included on the women’s team and explaining that he used to play for a Hungarian woman’s team.
A bit more digging and it would appear that Aisla is another heterosexual man who describes himself as a “Lesbian” and is married to a woman.
Another activist who came on board was Levy while working for the probation services as a substance use advisor.
Levy now works for an NHS Trust in surrey and also volunteers at various NHS related bodies, as you can see from the clip below, they also provide services to Surrey County council and Surrey University. Naturally they are a diversity champion providing training across the country.
Levy describes themselves as bisexual with a trans-identity and is partnered by someone called Jenni.
Meanwhile, no doubt nudged by her advisors, Towle determined that the time had come to change the Lesbian and Gay network into an LGBT group. However, she recalls, there was resistance which she puts down to transphobia and biphobia. She also adds that there was a lot of ignorance and people just had not met a “trans” person before.
Anna May Booth
Booth was another union member who was is mentioned as a key trans activist. Booth came out as “trans” in 1998 at the MSF union conference. Currently their linkedin describes him as a freelance transgender researcher. He also stood as a Labour, council, candidate in 2014.
He can be found in an article about his partner, also a male and “trans” complaining about being bullied out of employment.
His partner was the victim of some prurient coverage in respect of his transition which contributed, in his view, to the collapse of his business.
Motion for Trans Inclusion.
Unison’s first attempt to tie the T to LGB failed because of opposition from a “trans” delegate who did not want to be associated with homosexuals.
At that vote was a person who would become a trans activist but, at this stage, he was still in the closet.
Harvey gave a very revealing interview which I will link below. In common with many of the trans-identifying males his story is one of secret cross dressing which he claims began at age ten, involved his mother’s clothes. This continued throughout his teenage years, university and beyond. He even talks about using his office at work to “cross-dress”. The shame of this furtive act can be cleansed by embracing an identity as a “woman” and thus he finally recognised the “girl” he was in his forties. (The use of “girl” here is revealing).
This is Harvey’s biography 👇. Another trans-activist in the NHS, who also trains staff on diversity and inclusion.
Harvey tells a story about appearing on question time and subsequently receiving twitter abuse.
I have managed to locate to locate the episode and this would appear to be Jenny at 19 minutes in. 👇. Harvey responds to the expected loss of UKIP in the local by-elections and says they will lose because they have not been able to leverage hate in Stoke.
This is a screenshot of Harvey from that episode. They did get quite horrific abuse which was covered by Pink News. This seems to have originated from UKIP supporters and it was incredibly cruel and personal.
Harvey has a twitter account. Seems genuinely committed to trade union values. Some transperbole about state sponsored abuse but no use of “terf” and not the worst timeline I have seen, by any means. (That said it is a low bar).
He is, however, quite invested in “trans” kids and shares Helen Webberley, Ben Hunte, Stonewall etc. Clearly Harvey is also not happy with women sticking up for our sex based rights. Those pesky feminists.
In part two I will cover some more trans activists working within the Union movement and the influence they have had on policy making.
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