On June 29, the Spanish Cabinet approved a draft gender identity law which will be now be introduced in Parliament.
This significant event took place five days after violent trans activists assaulted and intimidated women's rights campaigners to stop them speaking publicly against the removal of sex from law.
Remarkably, this extraordinary footage has not been aired on Spanish television. However, media has characterized the women's rights campaigners as "against trans rights," rather than defending their own existing rights.
Notably, Spanish media saw fit to broadcast to millions of viewers the message of this trans extremist wearing a t-shirt he offers for sale. The slogan? "Kill the terf." "Terf" is a slur levied at any woman who defends her legal rights against the gender identity rights-grab.
The same trans activist was highly visible at the unlawful counter-protest.
At noon on Saturday, women in twenty cities across Spain gathered at one spot to protest the proposed law. In Barcelona, 300 women assembled with a permit in front of the historic building of the Catalan regional government. They intended to read their manifesto invoking their Article 19 freedom of expression rights.
Some women were reportedly afraid to attend because of threats made by counter-demonstrators. Three lorries of anti-riot police were sent to prevent violent trans activists from attacking the women.
Trans activists duly broke through police lines.
Shortly before 1 pm, the police asked the organizers to disperse because they could no longer hold back the trans activists. An officer recommended to one of the organizers that she should run away and change her clothes so that the trans activists could not identify her.
The co-organizer said it was "really frightening" because well-known trans activists were not charged with any offense. She said it was "extraordinary in a democratic society in 2021" that the police would allow women to be intimidated for peacefully expressing their political opinions.
She said "women won't come next time. Our lives were at risk—it wasn't just shouting.
Women couldn't gather and celebrate after their mass-demonstrations. What's going on is outrageous, and the government hasn't said a word."
One woman was hospitalized after an assault by trans activists in Murcia.
After the draft law was agreed to, the Spanish government misrepresented what had actually been done: no self-ID has yet been passed. Instead, a draft was agreed as the beginning of the legislative process. It now has to go through Parliament, Commissions, reporting stages, and then there will be a vote after several months of consideration and—hopefully—debate and public scrutiny.
Spanish women are organizing to oppose this international offensive against women's rights and the rule of law. The proposed legal reforms have nothing whatsoever to do with a vulnerable group of people with body dysmorphia.
The proposed reforms will instead extend self-ID to the entire population over the age of 13. The intention is to end the social salience of sex.
Spain already has 44 trans laws—focussed on education, health and self-ID—that have been quietly passed in regional parliaments over the last five years without public scrutiny, per standard trans lobby tactics set out in the notorious Dentons document.
These laws are already harming women and girls, lesbians and gays, and people with gender dysphoria whose psychiatric condition—having been depathologized by trans lobbyists—is now categorized as an "identity" to be celebrated, instead of a mental health condition to be managed.
As we have seen in Canada, Ireland, the US, Norway, Australia, and elsewhere, self-ID laws undermine women's rights and children's safeguarding. They hit vulnerable women and girls hardest. They represent a deeply reactionary force.
The Spanish law is exceptionally dangerous for women in that it combines three of the most worrying elements observed in other countries: instant self-identification of legal sex for anyone who wants it—male predators included; conversion therapy for proto-lesbian and gay children to make them appear straight, outlawing "watchful waiting" therapeutic approaches as "transphobic," and extended hate crime and hate speech laws with the intention of silencing criticism of gender identity laws, and preventing women and children from saying when they see a man before them.
Five previous drafts of gender identity bills were proposed by liberal and leftwing parties, but were rejected. The last draft was rejected in May. The trans lobby is pushing hard to get their suite of legal reforms passed, thus capturing the Spanish state, before citizens even become aware of what is happening.
The media's silence on the issue makes it more likely that the gender identity lobbyists will succeed.
Within 24 hours of the draft being accepted, trans activists got busy, as though the proposed law was already in force: a university promptly suspended a biology professor for stating that sex is immutable.
Presumably the professor will sue for discrimination, and make it national news that in Spain a scientist was fired for stating a plain fact.