I am the founder & CEO of an app for women, where women are able to connect to find roommates, give & get freelance work, lesbian dating, and emotional support. Women are also able to use the app to privately discuss their activism, religious beliefs, mental health, physical health, pregnancy, menopause and much more. The app is ensuring women have a strong female support network in the palm of their hand and can be heard by women around the world.
Because I created this app, I have been called a bigot, transphobe & TERF. I have been sent death threats, rape threats and general violent abuse. I have been silenced by media, institutions and organizations who have declared they will let me speak if I acknowledge that “trans women are women”.
The place I go to have refuge from this abuse is the female app I created. I never thought I would need it as much as I do, but like all women I need to spend time with women. I need the solidarity and support.
In the real world, I need female-only bathrooms & changing rooms. I need to know that the recreational sport I play is fair & safe. I want to know that women in prisons are safe.
My creation of a women-only space has led to abuse. But the women-only space is what saves me.