Personal Testimony

We Need an Honest Debate

None of us should build our lives on something that is simply not true

Compiled from a thread pinned to my Twitter profile on 15 December 2020.

In 2012, I transitioned. Looking back, I have mixed feelings about it. It brought relief to me but it certainly didn’t help my family.

It took several years for me to work out *why* I transitioned. It certainly wasn’t because I was some sort of woman. Nor did I need to have some metaphysical female “essence” or gender identity.

Once you realise that gender identity doesn’t *need* to exist in order to explain transsexualism, it becomes a meaningless concept. But nevertheless, it has reaped havoc in our society.

I’ve spoken out about the impact of what I call transgender ideology on women’s sex based rights,

and women’s sports.

But I am most concerned about the impact on children.

Moving forwards, we need a far more honest debate about these issues so that people struggling with gender dysphoria can find the help they need, not a quick fix. Because none of us should build our lives on something that is simply not true.

Debbie Hayton

Teacher, trade unionist, and journalist

By Debbie Hayton

Physics teacher and trade unionist.

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