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Language police twist trans cause

Lionel Shriver’s superb article “Why are the language police trying to wipe out women?” (News Review, last week) exposes the real focus of an out-of-control lobby that purports to support trans rights.

Changes to language alter the way we think. Divorcing the word woman from female biology separates women from their sex-based rights. It is misogyny, and in plain sight.

Meanwhile, the needs of trans people such as me — in particular, for medical and psychological support — continue to go unaddressed.

Debbie Hayton
Birmingham

* This letter was published by The Sunday Times on 21 February 2021: Language police twist trans cause.

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Sex and Gender

Ideological virtue signalling does not advance trans rights or battle transphobia…it trivialises them

From using terms like ‘chestfeeding’ to claiming campaigning against trans electoral candidates is transphobic, trans activism has changed from an earnest campaign for rights into a mission to replace evidence with emotions.

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Does the SNP really want to copy Norway’s gender revolution?

Five years ago, in June 2016, Norway allowed anyone to change their legal gender. Legislative Decree 71 was everything that the gender identity brigade would like to introduce in the UK: no diagnosis, no medical reports, pure self-identification. The age limit was set at six years old, providing the child has at least one parent’s consent.

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“Chestfeeding”

Sir, Further to your report “ ‘Chestfeeding’ advice from trans-friendly midwives” (Feb 10), if Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust needs a formal “gender inclusive language policy” to instruct staff to treat all patients with dignity and respect, then it has a bigger problem than “transphobia”. It is not “biological essentialism” to say that mothers give birth to children, and then breastfeed them with mother’s milk. It is essential biology.

Such attempts to control language may backfire spectacularly on transgender people like me as the public tires of being told what they are expected to think. If even the facts of life are deemed to be transphobic, then perhaps transphobia has lost all meaning.


Debbie Hayton

Birmingham

* This letter was published by The Times on 11 February 2021: Chestfeeding.

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Sex and Gender

Is the past being rewritten in LGBT+ history month?

Did you know that February is LGBT+ history month? If you have a ‘progressive’ employer you probably do. Banks, universities, local councils, NHS services and train operators are all getting on board. Rainbow flags are flying high above buildings across Britain. But do lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people really need their own month to reflect on the past? Or is this more an occasion to virtue signal in the present?

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Sex and Gender

The transgender debate is tearing the SNP apart

The storm that has been gathering within the SNP over transgender rights has now blown up at Westminster with the sacking of Joanna Cherry MP from her front bench role as Spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs.

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Las guerras transgénero de España se están poniendo feas

Debbie Hayton sitúa la denuncia contra Lidia Falcón en el contexto de la campaña previa a la presentación por el gobierno de una mal llamada Ley Trans. «Estas leyes ofrecen pocos beneficios a los transexuales como yo, que ya estamos bien protegidos por la legislación existente. En España, como en Reino Unido, las personas transexuales pueden incluso cambiar su sexo legal, si así lo desean. Pero eso es insuficiente para los grupos de presión LGBTQ que buscan sacudir radicalmente la sociedad».

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Spain’s transgender wars are turning nasty

Lidia Falcón O’Neill is a legendary figure in Spanish politics. Half a century ago, she stood up to Franco as head of a cell in the communist Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia. In 1974, this opposition led to her being brutally tortured:

‘When she fainted they untied her and laid her on the ground. They woke her up with a bucket of water. … She stayed on the ground, wet, for hours, until they took her down to the cell. … On the sixth day, the torturers could not continue with the same sessions. They could no longer hang her on the wall because she was rapidly losing consciousness because of it. So, when she woke up, she kept getting punched and kicked while lying on the ground.’

Alejandro Torrús writing in Público (translated into English)
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Sex and Gender

Biden’s trans rights agenda is bad news for women and girls

Joe Biden has wasted little time grabbing rights from women and girls across America. On day one, he signed an Executive Order on ‘Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation’. This is being hailed as a pivotal moment for transgender rights. But it’s nothing of the sort. 

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2020 was the year the tide turned in the trans wars

2020 will, of course, be remembered as the year in which Covid-19 was unleashed on the world. But it is one in which another menace – gender identity ideology – was put firmly in its place, in the UK at least.