Ad in the UK Metro opposes women’s privacy and legal rights

Stonewall’s Metro ad

Stonewall’s Metro ad

In the lead-up to the end of the consultation on the UK’s Gender Recognition Act —where PM Theresa May’s Conservative government now proposes to obliterate women’s rights to single-sex accommodations by allowing self-identification of sex on birth certificates — over 100 nonprofits, corporations, and public sector organizations have stepped forward with an ad in the Metro, opposing women’s rights to be recognized in the law as more than a feeling in a man’s head.

Listed are several UK government agencies, including two police forces, the UK Intellectual Property Office, and GCHQ. GCHQ is the UK’s signal intelligence agency, supporting the government and military. Even British Transport Police have offered encouragement. Is this why over half of UK members of parliament polled on the topic have said they’re afraid to speak about gender identity in public?

It’s rare to see a coalition with half so much money and influence organizing around the rights of women or girls for any cause or reason.

As with the massive coalitions that boycotted, or threatened to boycott, entire US states over allowing men to access single-sex accommodations for women, it would be astonishing to see this sort of support for any or all of: abortion care access, women’s equal pay, an end to child marriage or female genital mutilation, universal child care, elder or disabled care, women’s domestic and sexual violence services, women’s homeless shelters, lesbian rights, or food assistance to women, infants, and children.

This is as complete a list as we could gather, and may be updated with two names from logos that were ilegible at the available resolution, of the 103 organizations having logos pictured in the ad.

  1. Absolut
  2. Action For Children UK
  3. Albert Kennedy Trust
  4. All About Trans
  5. Amnesty International
  6. Angles
  7. Aon
  8. Asos
  9. Attitude
  10. Aviva
  11. Barclays
  12. Barnardo’s
  13. BCN
  14. BiPhoria
  15. Bi Pride UK
  16. British LGBT Awards
  17. Brook
  18. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  19. Cardiff University
  20. Channel 4
  21. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
  22. Children in Scotland
  23. Chwarae Teg
  24. Cicero Group
  25. Citi
  26. Dazed Digital
  27. Diva Magazine
  28. Diversity Role Models
  29. EBay
  30. Equality Network
  31. European Diversity Awards
  32. EY
  33. Family Planning Association
  34. FFLAG
  35. Freshfields
  36. Galop
  37. Gay Star News
  38. Gay Times
  39. GCHQ: Government Communication Headquarters
  40. Gendered Intelligence
  41. Gentoo
  42. Glitter Cymru
  43. IBM
  44. Imaan
  45. Intellectual Property Office UK
  46. Iris Prize
  47. ITV
  48. Jan Trust
  49. LGBT+ Conservatives
  50. LGBT Consortium
  51. LGBT Foundation
  52. LGBT [indeterminate]
  53. LGBT Labour
  54. LGBT+ Lib Dems
  55. LGBT Youth Scotland
  56. Liberal Judaism
  57. Liberty
  58. Llamau
  59. Lloyds Banking Group
  60. Lloyd’s
  61. London LGBTQ Community Centre
  62. Mermaids
  63. Mesmac Newcastle
  64. The Mix
  65. Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre
  66. My Work
  67. NN [indeterminate]
  68. National Union of Students
  69. Oasis
  70. One Body One Faith
  71. OnRoad Media
  72. Opening Doors London
  73. Out NAW
  74. Out News Global
  75. Ozanne Foundation
  76. Peter Tatchell Foundation
  77. PinkNews
  78. Pride Cymru
  79. Pride In London
  80. Proctor & Gamble
  81. Proud Trust
  82. QX Magazine
  83. Race Equality Foundation
  84. Rainbow Noir
  85. Roundhouse
  86. Scottish Trans
  87. Shine
  88. Stonewall
  89. Sussex Police
  90. St. Mungo’s
  91. Tender
  92. Terrence Higgins Trust
  93. Tesco
  94. Touchstone
  95. Trans Forum Manchester
  96. UK Black Pride
  97. UK Pride
  98. Umbrella Cymru
  99. Unison
  100. Unique
  101. Vice
  102. Virgin Money
  103. Women’s Equality Network Wales

In our Benevolent Patriarchy series, we’ll be looking at people and institutions who are either liberal or mainstream, and are promoting extreme attacks on women’s rights in the guise of being secular or progressive. Misogyny isn’t less harmful for neither being ostensibly conservative nor attached to a religious perspective, and feminists have long been too afraid of losing support from the left to say so.