Lee Hurley

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Journalist. NUJ member. Artist. Trans. He/him. Usually found saying 'but that's not true!'
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Phallo or meta? Deciding on lower surgery

The day after I had top surgery, a friend asked me ‘when’s your next operation?’ As I struggled to lift my arms after having had...
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Queer people with every reason to fear new UK Cabinet

As Liz Truss announced her cabinet on Tuesday night, our worst fears were realised. It was clear - the far right think tanks had completed their silent coup.
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How men can be better feminists

As a guy who can even grow a beard, I find myself in a rather weird position these days. I spent 36 years of my...
‘Cancelled’ Starkey unrepentant as he takes on trans lobby Daily Mail2 Sep 2022 UH- OH, Dr David Starkey is whipping up a storm again — and this time he’s taking on the notoriously prickly trans lobby. The television historian, who was ‘cancelled’ after making racist remarks in 2020, has now publicly questioned the right of transgender women to identify themselves as female. ‘One of the terrible problems of the age that we live in is the refusal to confront the truth,’ declares the Tudors expert. ‘The whole world of so much of the social media, the whole world of critical race theory, and the whole world of transsexuality is a gigantic lie.’ He explains: ‘It’s an act of faith — it’s preposterous the idea that a man can become a woman. ‘These are simple absurdities. ‘And large parts of the population — the young population, those who, one would hope, are more questing, are most disillusioned with fiction — swallow fiction.’ Speaking on LBC’s Iain Dale All Talk podcast, Dr Starkey (pictured) adds: ‘We don’t need a new Jesus Christ; we need a teller of blunt, cruel truth. Well, perhaps that was Jesus. If you read the Bible, the Bible was brutal.’ Dr Starkey, 76, apologised after his incendiary remarks about slavery. He was dropped by his long-standing publisher, HarperCollins, and his literary agency, Rogers Coleridge & White, as well as losing top academic posts after he claimed that slavery did not constitute genocide. Last year, however, he shocked diners in London’s Soho by saying he stood by his original offensive comments. ‘I don’t regret that statement,’ he said at the London Grill Club. ‘I regret how I said it, and the fact that I gave a handle to my enemies, which is a stupid thing to do. ‘I regret stupidity, I don’t regret a moral position.’

GCs and media continue to erase lesbians: The week in trans 04/09/22

Another week, another series of articles talking nonsense about trans people in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, and Times.
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Media ignore desecration and destruction of trans memorial in Manchester

The horrendous news that the memorial to transgender people was urinated on by multiple people before being irreparable damaged was not covered by any of the national newspapers in the UK

Is Maya Forstater the world’s foremost trans expert? The week in Trans 28/08/22

Unlike the first week of this trans media watch, which mostly centred around one story about JK Rowling, how she was the real victim...
2 pages from the Daily Mail on "JK Rowling and the female feud tearing the literati apart"

Trans people do nothing, media blames them anyway: The week in trans 21/08/22

The biggest story that got most people talking in Trans Land this week featured JK Rowling and absolutely no trans people, again.
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Terrifying anti-LGBTQ+ bill in front of Ghana parliament

As the large sections of the world seek to roll-back rights and protections for LGBTQ+ people, Ghana is leading the way with a terrifying anti-LGBTQ+ bill that is currently going through their parliament.
Protest at Drag Queen Story Time at The Mac in Belfast, 31 July 2022 [copyright Lee Hurley]

Belfast drag story time protest trolled by venue

As part of Belfast Pride 2022, The Mac hosted a Drag Queen Story Time that was the subject of an hilariously pathetic protest.
Belfast Pride [copyright Lee Hurley]

80,000 celebrate Belfast Pride as pathetic protests get around 25

Belfast Pride returned this weekend after a three-year absence and it was bigger than ever.  An invading army would have not taken as long to...