Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group
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Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group

    1. Petition by

      Secular Woman

As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.

Transgender women are women.

Cisgender women are women. 

We do not, in any way, view the existence of transgender women, genderqueer individuals or transgender men as a threat to the safety of women, female identity, or the goals of feminism.

As intersectional feminists we acknowledge the privilege that cisgender people experience. We aim to dismantle the axis of oppression that this represents.

Unfortunately, not all who claim the label “feminist” agree with us.  They do not represent us and we reject their actions and views as unethical and devoid of reason.

We stand in opposition.

Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”.  Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” ("PegasusBug" is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.

Countless others, including members of transgender advocacy groups have reported similar treatment, as well as other alarming behavior, such as Cathy Brennan contacting employers, schools and medical doctors of transgender women, girls and young men.

This is unacceptable.

It is anathema to our vision of a future in which women have the opportunities and resources they need to participate openly and confidently in every aspect of society.

Cathy Brennan’s tactics, as described, are reprehensible, reckless, and irresponsible as they have the potential to embolden violence and harassment of those she targets and to result in job loss and other discrimination informed by the open knowledge of the target’s transgender status.

Refusal to afford transgender women inclusion, safety, and civil rights is a form of misogyny that is antithetical to feminism.

We invite fellow feminists and secularists, as well as others concerned, to proactively affirm the inclusion of all women as women.  Condemn the toxic ideologies used to rationalize hate, fear, and discrimination based on gender.

Stand with us in petitioning the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to track the activities of Cathy Brennan’s Gender Identity Watch as a hate group in accordance with SPLC’s stated mission.

Signed in Solidarity,

Secular Woman

Stop Abuse Online


Trinity AodhMelody Hensley, M. A. Melby, Veronica K. Berglyd Olsen, Kim Rippere, Mary Ellen Sikes, Dana Lane Taylor

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. Partial victory

      Our petition has been noticed by the SPLC and they continue to be open to collecting and reviewing information concerning Gender Identity Watch. However, given the criteria that the organization uses to define a “group,” the SPLC communicated that they were unable to justify that Gender Identity Watch constitutes a “group.”

      We are hopeful that the petition and the ongoing communications that the transgender community and allies have made with the SPLC may further impress upon them the depth of the need for support against anti-trans hate.

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    3. Reached 7,000 signatures
    4. The SPLC has been made aware of the petition.

      Our hope is that the petition has communicated to the SPLC, in part, the depth of the harm Gender Identity Watch has caused and continues to cause, and that we've impressed upon them that monitoring anti-trans hatred needs to be a priority.

      We appreciate that their decision will not be based on the number of signatures on the petition, but be based on a judicious survey of the evidence they have access to.

      If you have documentation, that the SPLC may not otherwise have available to them concerning the activities of Gender Identity Watch or any of their associated websites and social media accounts; consider forwarding this documentation to the SPLC.

      Contact information for the SPLC is available on their website.

      Contact Us | Southern Poverty Law Center

      The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. 5,000 supporters reached in a week.

      The response has been been amazing. It's not just the number of people with a shared goal, but the personal stories that have been written in the comments that make the potential impact of this petition meaningful.

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. 1,000 supporters reached in a day.

      We have over 1,000 signatures! Please continue to promote this petition! The more signatures we have the stronger our statement is to the Southern Poverty Law Center, but also the stronger our statement is to Gender Identity Watch.

      Thank you so much to those who have signed and shared their stories on this site.

      All of us who began this petition are amazed and humbled by the response.

    9. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Georgene Nunn DOVER, NH
      • about 20 hours ago

      Transwomen are women.

    • Kristen Slagle HARRINGTON PARK, NJ
      • 7 days ago

      Trans* people have a right to identify as they so choose, these "feminists" need to realize that they are hurting the name and reputation of true feminism and put people in danger of physical attack when they release someone's name with their birth name.

    • BEN Drowned ABINGTON, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      Trans and bi

    • Natalie Fortune MONROE, WA
      • about 1 month ago

      I'm trans and have been personally harassed by GID Watch.

    • Johanne MAIL AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 month ago

      This is important to me because I care about all the poor and homless people so i stand for them!.


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