Furious critics ask ‘has he been asleep?’ during all their self-ID warnings
By Jessica North, Politics Reporter for Scottish Daily Express
A trans rapist is faking his female identity to get better treatment says Humza Yousaf who appears to suggest that self-ID is law meanwhile ‘boggling’ the minds of gender critics who have warned against predatory men from the start. The concept of self-ID has been dealt another fatal blow as SNP leadership hopeful Humza Yousaf confirms what his colleagues have long argued was an impossibility.
Nicola Sturgeon died on the gender hill when she refused to call out Isla Bryson, formerly Adam Graham, a convicted double rapist, of abusing the system to gain access to vulnerable women; a system that the SNP seeks to make even more lax and open to abuses.
Mr Yousaf has strayed from his former leader, stating Bryson is “at it” and he doesn’t think he is a “true trans woman” while leaving critics confused and angry at his assertion that a system of self-identification is the law.
Speaking to Sophie Ridge on Sky News, the MSP with the backing of several major SNP politicians, said: “Isla Bryson is at it if I’m honest. I think they are a dangerous individual, a deceptive individual. I don’t think they’re a true trans woman. I think they’re trying to play the system for personal advantage.”
As it stands the 2004 Gender Recognition Act allows an individual to change their legal sex after they have turned 18, proven their identity for two years and undergone the process of a gender dysphoria diagnosis. The reforms voted for by Mr Yousaf, would strip back all safeguarding to just a three or six-month process for anyone over the age of 16.
Pioneered on the fallacy that no predatory man has ever needed to pretend in order to access vulnerable women, trans women are women and there is no risk to single-sex rights, the GRA reforms are widely accepted as legislative self-ID. However the UK Government has vetoed this assertion and policy critics have been warning MSPs since its conception that predators will use whatever means to gain access to female spaces- like prisons.
Bryson hit the headlines for exactly this eventuality- his self-assertion that he was a woman landed him in a female prison and its believed that public outrage led to him being removed to a male jail, shortly followed by Ms. Sturgeon’s resignation.
Mr Yousaf told viewers: “I can’t change the law. The law which has been the law for many many years, allows Isla Bryson to self-identify as a woman if they wish.”
Lucy Hunter Blackburn, a prominent critic and policy analyst said she had to go away and “unboggle” her mind after hearing this statement.
Rhona Hotchkiss, the former governor of Cornton Vale in Stirling where Bryson was first sent has several question for the leadership hopeful. She said: “So Humza Yousaf says ‘Isla Bryson’ is ‘at it’? 1. Your Govt said repeatedly that would never happen 2. How do you know? 3. How do women ever know about any of them? 4. Tell Stonewall 5. Why is it okay for you to say that, but when women say it they’re ‘transphobic’?”
“Sorry? ‘He’s at it?’” said a baffled former Labour MSP Johann Lamont. She added: “Was he sleeping during Cabinet and SP debates? Did he miss the bit when we were assured no predator ever had to pretend? Did he miss the contempt for those with concerns about self id? Did he not hear his colleagues explain their rebellion? Seriously?”
Julie Scott, a grassroots campaigner, said: “Why is he allowed to say this whilst any woman doing the same is relentlessly abused for being a ‘transphobe’? And I would love to know how he decides who is at it and who’s a ‘real’ TW. We’ve been asking this for years & been ignored by the SNP/Scottish govt at every turn.”
For Women Scotland, the group leading much of opposition to the reforms, said: “What “law” does he think currently allows self ID? Did he miss all the furore around the GRR? Was he asleep? Or playing games on his phone? We were told this would never happen!”
Feminist group Girls To the Front spotted Mr Yousaf’s evasive pronoun use. They said: “Noted that he nevertheless hasn’t the guts to use male pronouns for Isla.”
Mr Yousaf is the only candidate to commit to following through on the legal clash with Westminster. Kate Forbes, a long-standing gender rebel has said she believes the public does not want the reforms or an expensive legal challenge.
Ash Regan, another gender critical Nationalist, said she said she would “draw a line” under the issue. Adding: “I believe that if we go to court, we will lose that court case.”