The nonprofit, Secular Women has created a petition calling on the Southern Poverty Law Center to regard TERF attorney, Cathy Brennan’s group, Gender Identity Watch, as a hate group.
The petition starts off, “As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.” It then make the following radical claim:
Transgender women are women.
Cisgender women are women.
The petition details the way Brennan and her group has acted to adversely interfere in the personal lives trans people Brennan designates as being fair game.
Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”. Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” (“PegasusBug” is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.
Countless others, including members of transgender advocacy groups have reported similar treatment, as well as other alarming behavior, such as Cathy Brennan contacting employers, schools and medical doctors of transgender women, girls and young men.
This is unacceptable.
It is anathema to our vision of a future in which women have the opportunities and resources they need to participate openly and confidently in every aspect of society.
Cathy Brennan’s tactics, as described, are reprehensible, reckless, and irresponsible as they have the potential to embolden violence and harassment of those she targets and to result in job loss and other discrimination informed by the open knowledge of the target’s transgender status.
Stand with more than 5,000 others in denouncing this brand of hate!