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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Daily Mail blames trans people for things that haven’t happened

After a relatively quiet week, the Daily Mail is back with its nonsense, this time in Liz Jones 'femail' column'.
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Suella Braverman angered by trans-inclusive campaign, warns police to focus on ‘real crimes’

The Daily Telegraph are running a piece in their Monday edition about Suella Braverman's latest nonsense while they also jump on the JK Rowling misinfo wagon.
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4 anti-trans articles in Sunday Telegraph

The Sunday Telegraph love their anti-trans content and this week they've produced four pieces from Ewan Somerville, David Spencer, Edward Malnick and, of course, Hayley Dixon as usual.
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Mail on Sunday upset doctors told to treat trans people like everybody else

Michael Powell and the Mail on Sunday are upset that doctors are being 'told not quiz patients on trans status'.
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Daily Telegraph mislead with headline about Mermaids as smear continues

As part of their ongoing Mermaids smear campaign, the Daily Telegraph have produced yet another misleading headline and article as they attempt to pressure the Prime Minister and police into opening an investigation.
MP urges police to probe trans charity Daily Mail13 Oct 2022By Martin Beckford Policy Editor LIZ Truss has backed calls for a thorough investigation into transgender youth charity Mermaids after an MP urged that the police are called in. The Prime Minister agreed that the controversial organisation should be ‘ properly looked at’ after a Tory backbencher accused it of failing to keep children safe. Mermaids is already facing the prospect of a Charity Commission investigation over allegations that it was sending chest binders to children as young as 13 against their parents’ wishes. And one of its trustees quit after it emerged he had spoken at an event organised by a paedophile support group. Some public sector organisations including the Department for Education, NHS trusts and councils are now removing links to the charity – which supports transgender young people – from their websites. Raising the controversy in Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time, Tory MP Miriam Cates said: ‘For years, despite whistleblowers raising alarm, Mermaids have had unfettered access to vulnerable children. ‘Does my right honourable friend [Miss Truss] agree it’s taken far too long for these concerns to be taken seriously and [that] it is high time for a police investigation into the activities of Mermaids?’ The Prime Minister replied: ‘ It’s very important that underage teens are able to develop their own decisionmaking capabilities and not be forced into any kind of activity. ‘On the subject of the investigation she raises, of course ‘Concerns have been raised’ those matters should be properly looked at.’ The Charity Commission said: ‘Concerns have been raised with us about Mermaids’ approach to safeguarding young people. ‘We have opened a regulatory compliance case and have written to the trustees.’ Mermaids has not responded to the claims in Parliament but yesterday said it was reducing the hours of its helpline because of ‘ abuse towards staff and volunteers’.

Liz Truss backs biased call for police to investigate Mermaids

Liz Truss has backed calls from an MP with an anti-LGBTQ+ record for police to start an investigation into Mermaids after the matter was raised at Prime Minister's Questions on Thursday.
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Trans talking points: Bailey, Joyce + more

As it has been very quiet in the papers since the death of the world's largest landowner, I thought it a good idea to...
Grhama Norton in the Sunday Times, 18/09/22

Graham Norton: JK Rowling ‘enjoys’ fighting on Twitter

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Graham Norton said that he believes JK Rowling enjoys fighting on Twitter after comments she made to him.
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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.