To look at what the worst that could happen if self ID was put into law, we first need to look at why women are entitled to single sex spaces by law.
For this I turn to the website Fairplay for Women which explains, in clear language for anyone to understand, why single sex spaces came about and why they are needed.
The Equality Act 2010 is in place in order to protect groups of people from disadvantage or unfair treatment. Out of the nine protected characteristics, one of them is sex, ie a man, woman, boy or girl.
Sex does not include gender reassignment and even if a person has a Gender Recognition Certificate, there are still six areas which make it lawful for men, including trans identifying men, to be excluded from. These include sport (where one sex has a physical advantage over the other, occupation (where for example a counsellor is working with female rape victims) and single sex services (to include things like a cervical cancer screening, a woman's refuge, hospital wards changing rooms, bathrooms etc) and single characteristic associations (which covers groups with memberships of a single sex).
These laws are in place for women's safety, to prevent disadvantage and unfairness and to allow us to assemble as a group without allowing men within that group.
Given that it is not a requirement to undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to have a Gender Recognition Certificate, only for the intent to be in place (which can be revoked), it makes perfect sense why exemptions are in place.
Despite the disregarding and flouting of these laws many organisations, businesses and charities (unfortunately to include some women's charities, these laws remain in place and can and should be enforced.
Which brings us to the question of self ID which trans rights activists want, campaign and demand. Demands which would effectively rip up the Equality Act.
They ask us, what is the worst that could happens. Trans people just wish to live their lives. Stop focusing on people's genitals.
But if self identification was brought into law, any men, trans identifying or not, would not only be allowed into single sex spaces, but would be allowed to be there unchallenged. To do would allow the challenger to accused of a hate crime.
When a man enters a single sex space currently, we can at least challenge and report. But self identification allows any sex offender, any autogynephile, any man who wishes harm against women into our spaces without challenge and removes our safety.
This is unacceptable.
They tell us that it is only a small number of trans people that commit crimes against women.
The fact remains however that 50% of the trans prison population are sex offenders or are Category A prisoners (60 out of 125 prisoners). This figure is very likely to be higher given that the MOJ do not count short sentences, people with a GRC or people who have not officially declared that they are trans.
I would refer you to a list (not complete) of the sexual crimes committed by transwomen since 2014.
One of the people on this list is Daniel Reeves, who identifies as Ella Davies. This person was convicted of holding over 1000 images of indecent images of child, to include child rape and torture. They absconded for two months prior to the Court hearing . This is how police described them while they were on the run, without a photograph.
Is there any wonder that members of the public could not correctly identify "Ella"?
I could ramble on all day as to why self identification should not and can not ever be brought into law, but to see how far the worm hole could go if this took place, I will leave you with this:
If we do not fight self ID, we invite anyone who wishes to harm women, girls and, it sickens me to say, babies into our world and our spaces to do their worst.