• Victorian Greens Senator Janet Rice. (AAP)Source: AAP
Greens Senator Janet Rice says Germaine Greer's comments about transgender people can be very damaging to gender diverse communities.
By
Drew Sheldrick

26 Oct 2015 - 2:16 PM  UPDATED 26 Oct 2015 - 2:25 PM

Greens Senator Janet Rice has criticised Germaine Greer over her "transphobic views", saying the Australian feminist author is out touch with the community on the issue.

Senator Rice, who is married to a transgender woman and is the Greens' spokesperson for gender identity and mental health, said Greer’s views highlight the misinformed and transphobic comments many gender diverse people face every day.
 
“These sorts of comments can be very damaging to gender diverse communities, especially those who are thinking about transitioning and worried about the discrimination they may face," she said in a statement today.

“Such transphobia can be extremely detrimental to the mental health, personal relationships and life opportunities of people who are gender diverse.”

Greer told the BBC last week that, in her opinion, transgender women are "not women", and that a great many women who are not transgender do not "look like, sound like or behave like women".

Greer has been the target of a petition to ban her from speaking at Cardiff University for a public lecture, citing her views on transgender people.

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