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Speak Up For Women

In this podcast Speak Up For Women representative Beth Johnson speaks about the public meeting about to take place in the Michael Fowler Centre on 15 July 2021. The meeting was attended by around 130 people. In response, a trans rights rally was held outside the MFC at the same time.

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In the podcast titled "Speak Up For Women," recorded at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, a representative from the organization, Beth Johnson, discussed a public meeting that took place on July 15, 2021, which drew an audience of around 130 attendees. Concurrently, a trans rights rally occurred outside the center. The content framed the issues within the context of the 2020s decade.

During the discussion, Johnson detailed the organization's national tour that concentrates on the implications of sex self-identification within the Births, Deaths, and Marriages Bill. The group conducted events nationwide, and Johnson noted that there was a positive reception from those who attended and a peaceful protest expected in Wellington, similar to an earlier one in Nelson.

Speak Up For Women's events attracted diverse crowds, predominantly women from various age groups, including a notable presence of lesbian and bisexual individuals, as well as men and transsexual supporters. The key message of the organization for this event focused on the significance of recognizing biological sex in the law, highlighting its relevance in single-sex spaces, services, and sexual orientation. Johnson stressed the necessity for significant legislative changes, such as the concept of gender identity replacing the recognition of biological sex, to be subject to rigorous democratic procedures, including a select committee review for comprehensive public debate.

Founded in 2018, Speak Up For Women originally aimed to influence the government to reconsider the sex self-identification clause, which had been added to the bill without the opportunity for public submissions. Following the deferment of the bill by Tracy Martin in 2019, due to concerns outlined in a Crown Law opinion, the organization has persisted in advocating for public consultation on such changes under the new government.

The organization's ultimate goal is to ensure thorough public discussion through a select committee review to reconcile the advancement of transgender rights without encroaching on the rights of women and girls. The organization asserts that it is feasible to support both without compromising either.

In the face of opposition since its inception, Speak Up For Women has encountered significant pushback, including defamation attempts, being labeled as a hate group, and as anti-trans activists among other derogatory claims. Johnson articulates the belief that these acts aim to prevent the group's perspective from being considered in public discourse to ensure the unchallenged passage of the bill. Nonetheless, the organization perceives a shift in public opinion, noticing a growing recognition of their reasonable stance and genuine concerns, as well as an openness to collaborate on solutions.

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Record date:15th July 2021
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Location:Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004623).