Trans women were allowed to women’s swimming pond but not everybody feels ok about it

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The Hampstead Heath women’s only pond in London has stated that trans women are also welcomed. But there are attendees that strongly disliked the idea. The article also quoted trans exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) Julie Bindel, who says she has swum in the pond for decades, but now she has to change her tradition as the new policy seems unacceptable for her. “I have seen mothers bring their young daughters who are self-conscious about their bodies but want to feel good about swimming and exposing their skin to the sun. The last thing they want is to look behind them and see a male-bodied person pretending to be a woman in order to gawp at them,” she shared. But the article also included a response from Trans Actual which expressed confusion at why trans women were misgendered. A spokesperson for the City of London said: “Over the last year all lifeguards and managers at Hampstead Heath ponds have taken transgender awareness training courses, which have been offered to, and taken by, the ponds’ swimming associations as well. We are working with the LGBTQ community to ensure our facilities are fit to serve the needs of everyone who enjoys them, and will continue to do so in the future.”

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