Joint Statement on the Legalization of Gender Identity
Joint Statement on the Legalization of Gender Identity.
We are a group of four organizations, mainly ordinary women with various perspectives on this issue, who have come together to express our concerns over the proposed implementation of a new law that would supersede our biological sex-based rights with the intangible concept of ‘gender identity’.
We want to scrutinize and debate the so-called ‘LGBT Act’ (the “Act on the Promotion of Public Understanding of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity”) and it’s contents. As well as the ordinances that have been passed by some local governments and various administrative departments.
In order to promote understanding and respect for the diversity of sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’, we hereby issue the following statement.
We call for careful handling of the issue in legislation and administration so that measures can be taken to protect the rights and legal interests of women in women's spaces, including their safety and security.
The understanding of the diversity of sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’ must be promoted and respected. However, if ‘gender identity’ is defined by a simple declaration without objective indicators such as medical intervention, and legislation is enacted to effectively ban any discussion about it or risk being called a ‘discriminator’, it will be difficult to distinguish between "people who genuinely have gender dysphoria" and "people who falsely state that they have a female ‘gender identity’.” And it may become impossible to separate biological women from trans women when necessary, and it will make it easier for any man to enter women’s spaces.
However, women's spaces, (such as women's changing rooms, toilets and bathing areas) are well-established as an effective safe-guarding measure of preventing sexual violence against women. Since it continues to be the case that most sexual crimes are committed by men, women-only spaces remain necessary.
Goal 6 of the SDGs, published in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly, aims to "ensure access to and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.” Target 2 under Goal 6 states:
“By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations.”
In the spirit of this goal, when considering this proposed legislation, it is essential that the human rights and safety of women are also understood and respected. It is necessary to take measures to protect women's legal interests, and women’s right to women-only spaces. The same applies to the ordinances passed by some local governments and the operations of various administrative departments. Here, we request careful consideration in legislation and administration, such as taking measures to protect the rights and legal interests of women's safety and security in women's spaces.
We ask that the requirement for surgery not be eliminated in the so-called special law ("Law Concerning Special Exceptions to the Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder").
In the debate on respect for ‘gender identity’, the current Special Provisions Law that allows people to change their gender in the family register after undergoing gender reassignment surgery is sometimes referred to as the ‘medical model’. In contrast, recently there have been calls for the elimination of the surgical requirement, calling it a ‘human rights model’ that aims to allow gender reassignment based solely on ‘gender identity’.
However, the Special Provisions Law was originally designed to allow people with gender dysphoria, whose biological sex and ‘gender identity’ do not match, to undergo gender reassignment surgery and to change their registered sex in order to solve various difficulties they face in their social lives. It is against the purpose of the law to allow gender reassignment based on simply a declaration of ‘gender identity’ without any medical diagnosis.
We understand that there may be young people who feel they would like to change their ‘gender’, but due to their age cannot undergo medical intervention. However the ‘human rights model’ is disrespectful to those people who genuinely suffer from gender dysphoria, and it undermines social cohesion because there is a perception that anyone can just declare a female identity and access women’s spaces, with no safeguards in place to stop predators from taking advantage of the loophole.
We urge that the requirement for surgery not be abolished, and instead that appropriate medical treatment be fully covered by insurance as an advancement of the ‘medical model.’
We ask that sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’ be considered as separate issues, and that legislation be deliberated after a national debate.
It is clear that sexual orientation (LGB), which is a concept related to the object of sexual attraction, and ‘gender identity’ (T), which refers to the perception of one's own ‘gender’, are two very different things. The fact that this controversial bill is being legislated without any real debate shows the inadequacy of the discussion.
Currently, political parties are using terms such as "LGBT" and "LGBTQ+. At present, each political party uses terms such as "LGBT" and "LGBTQ+," and there is a sense that not only the public, but also lawmakers, do not understand what exactly these terms really mean.
For example, most people mistakenly believe that all people identifying as trans suffer from ‘gender dysphoria’, when most don’t. Or that ‘trans women’ are always attracted to men, when in fact a large number are actually sexually attracted to women.
Here, I would like to request that sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’ be discussed and deliberated as two separate matters.
It is self-evident that sexual orientation is based on one's biological sex, with gay being "sexual intercourse between biological males" and lesbian being "sexual intercourse between biological females.” We call for this to be made known and thoroughly understood.
Currently, some organizations define gay as "a person whose ‘gender identity’ is male and whose sexual orientation is toward the same sex", and lesbian as "a person whose ‘gender identity’ is female and whose sexual orientation is toward the same sex.”
By including ‘gender identity’ in the definition of "gay," for example, there have already been problems in Japan where people with male genitalia tried to enter a lesbian bar, claiming that they recognize themselves as a woman. This puts the aim of "respect for homosexuality" in jeopardy.
Many gay people are offended by this redefinition, it is disrespectful and it lacks common sense.
Gay is "sexual intercourse between biological males" and lesbian is "sexual intercourse between biological females". There are already examples of these concepts being misinterpreted in the media, the legal profession, and some local governments, etc. Please change it immediately.
🟣5. We ask for the guarantee of open discussion.
In the past, those who have tried to discuss their concerns regarding the previous 4 points, are labeled “discriminators," or “hate groups” etc. These baseless claims help to foster a culture where women feel they can’t properly discuss their concerns without being subjected to threats and harassment. This has a chilling effect where women feel silenced otherwise their personal safety may be in jeopardy as activists get ever more extreme.
To shut down speech in this way is to infringe on our freedom of expression and freedom of conscience. It has an impact on academic freedom, which further shuts down debate and reduces the quality of policy making, as a full range of views can’t be taken into account.
We call for free, calm, and constructive debate that is inclusive of all citizens. Including women!
In order to promote understanding and respect for the diversity of sexual orientation and ‘gender identity’, we request that each member of the Diet and each political party consider various views and make the most appropriate decision.
November 25, 2021
- The Association for the Save Women's Space
- Fusakukai General Incorporated Association
Satoshi KONDOU ：https://www.fuohkai.com/
- Japan SRGМ Federation
- Shirayuri no Kai
🟢Save Women’s Space