FIST’s Feminist Amendments to the Equality Act

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See the FIST document and supporting resources below.

Good news can be hard to come by in the U.S. fight against trans domination. When Feminists in Struggle (FIST) adopted their own feminist version of the U.S. Equality Act on October 2, 2019, radical feminists and gender critical allies made a quantum leap forward!

The Equality Act (U.S. Senate Bill 788) is supposed to be legislation to protect Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people from discrimination. However, as currently written, the bill enshrines transgender ideology and takes away critical women’s rights. The Equality Act was passed by the House on May 20th, 2019. If this act becomes law in anything resembling its current form, the Equality Act will be a disaster for Lesbians, women and girls.

Tina Minkowitz, a member of the FIST legal team that wrote the feminist alternative version of the Equality Act, explains that one of FIST’s primary aims was to “articulate a feminist position that addresses challenges to women’s political existence and rights, as a result of gender identity ideology.” The legal existence of women, the category of women as biological females, is at stake here. This would be fully legalized female erasure.

FIST has eliminated gender identity from the Equality Act, but retained the protections against sex stereotyping that people with a transgender identity need to be free to appear and act however they wish. Eliminating gender identity is a critical step in protecting women, girls and Lesbians from theft of our identities as women and protecting female only spaces.

FIST has done an outstanding piece of feminist work. The FIST model of the Equality Act is a perfect grassroots organizing tool (and grassroots organizing will be essential to get the FIST model Equality Act introduced and passed in the U.S. Congress). Now it is our turn! We can each unleash our own creativity in getting involved with FIST or other grassroots campaigns. If you or your grassroots group want to share campaign materials, XX Amazons will display at least some of your letters to the editor, succinct campaign materials, and graphics promoting the feminist Equality Act. Send us an email with the materials you’d like to share. The Equality Act is a federal law and that means that radical feminist women and gender critical allies all over the U.S. can unite against the anti-woman version of the bill and for the feminist version.

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Resources

Access Tina Minkowitz’s slideshow presentation that introduces and gives key points about the FIST Feminist Amendments to the Equality act.

View “FIST Fights for Women With Equality Act Rewrite”, an XX Amazons blog.

A PROPOSED MODEL U.S. EQUALITY ACT INCORPORATING FEMINIST AMENDMENTS This document on the FIST website contains the complete FIST version of the Equality Act.

Comparison of Original Equality Act (SB 788) and Proposed Model Act Incorporating Feminist Amendments This document was prepared by FIST to help you understand the differences between Congress’s version of the Equality Act and the feminist modifications that FIST has proposed.

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