A dear long time friend, who is VERY woke, and who, until very recently had avoided discussing trans / gender self-ID issues with me (I believe she suspects I'm gender critical), unexpectedly said that she was very happy that 5 trans people had won seats in local, state and national contests in this week's U.S. election. She also said she was very surprised as two had even won seats in conservative states (Kansas and Oklahoma).
I said that I was not surprised as transgenderism is often accepted in conservative societies, societies that may even outlaw homosexuality and gender non-conformity, societies such as theocratic Iran, for instance. Societies that may curtail the material, sex-based rights of women and homosexuals, while uplifting (or, at least tolerating...not criminalizing) the subjective, innate feelings of those whose self-perception of their own sex does not match their sexual gametes.
I also said that it was VERY interesting that every single trans person to win in this week's election was a trans woman, and that not a single trans man had won a contest. I added that that was something to watch...whether the possibly growing number of trans women in politics will be matched by an analagous growing number of trans men in this sphere.
And, we left it at that.
Our relationship is still in tact, thank goodness, and, I was VERY surprised that she had brought the subject up. But, it was very civil, and, hopefully, will eventually create a chink in her cricketty "Trans women ARE women" armor.
Edit/ Updated: Just learned that one of the five (the one in Oklahoma) was actually a self-identified "non-binary" female, so my argument was not quite as strong as I had originally thought.