Sex Matters in Edinburgh

Sex Matters in Edinburgh: 16th June 2023

Friday 16th June 7pm to 11pm


If you bought a ticket, please check your inbox for an email from [email protected] which has all the details about the venue.

Sex Matters is coming to Edinburgh! We promised we’d hold an event in the constituency that got the most signatures on our petition to make the Equality Act clear. 

With a bit of help from a JK Rowling retweet, and a lot of help from our energetic supporters, we hit 109,462 signatures, and the top five constituencies were… Edinburgh North & Leith, Edinburgh South, Edinburgh East, Edinburgh South East and Edinburgh West. 

So Edinburgh it is! Come and celebrate with us – there’s a bar, there’s Maya Forstater and Helen Joyce, and there are three special guests too…

Joanna Cherry

Joanna Cherry KC has been the MP for Edinburgh South West since May 2015 but was relegated to the backbenches for her gender-critical views. Since then she has resumed legal practice to defend other women unfairly discriminated against for their beliefs – she practised as an advocate at the Scottish Bar for 20 years and took silk in 2009. 

She is currently considering whether to take legal action against The Stand Comedy Club in Edinburgh, which cancelled her appearance as a guest at an event in this year’s Fringe and then announced on Twitter that the reason was that some of their staff didn’t feel “comfortable” working with her because of her views about self-ID.

Joanna Cherry KC MP

Marion Calder

Marion Calder is co-director of For Women Scotland, the campaign group founded to oppose the Scottish Government’s plans to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow for self-declaration of sex and in the process helped bring down Nicola Sturgeon. “It was Nicola’s failure to be able to say a rapist was a man that turned it in the end,” Calder told The Times. “If you can’t say that, why should anyone trust anything that comes out of your mouth?”

Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller is the woman who made the word “merkin” famous again. Known on Twitter as @GussieGrips – tagline “Come for the fanny, stay for the feminism” – she combined her professional knowledge as a pelvic physiotherapist with her love of stand-up comedy to write a show that tells women about the science of continence and the wonders of the pelvic floor. Gusset Grippers had sell-out runs and five-star reviews at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe and then won awards in Australia too. Her message of #LaughDontLeak has reached more than 590 million people – which is just one of the reasons she was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 

Elaine Miller

Book before 4pm today!

For obvious reasons, we’ll let you know the venue later. But it has:

  • a bar
  • a tram stop very close by
  • a rail station (Edinburgh Waverley) 45 minutes’ walk away
  • disabled parking, wheelchair access and adapted toilets.  

Ticket sales will close at 4pm on Wednesday 14th June. Book your ticket now for £10 a person at Ticket Tailor: