Lee Hurley

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Journalist. NUJ member. Artist. Trans. He/him. Usually found saying 'but that's not true!'
The Delhi Commission for Women

Delhi pushed to provide better living conditions and welfare support for transgender people

DCW pushes for better transgender living conditions; only 76 identity certificates issued in Delhi in 3 years, despite over 4,200 trans people in 2011 census.
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Rosie Duffield’s Times trans article, Labour and Policy Exchange

Rosie Duffield has so many complaints about her transphobia that Labour allegedly has an email folder dedicated to her alone. With staffers reportedly instructed...
It’s easy to roll our eyes at trans issues. But what if we’re wrong? Jeremy Clarkson Jeremy Clarkson Next image › As we all know, JK Rowling recently expressed an opinion on the transgender debate, and she wasn’t just cancelled, she was erased. They put her in the delete bin, and then afterwards, all her former fans, and even the actors and actresses she’d made famous, emptied the bin into a landfill site so seagulls could feast on her eyes. Mercifully, I’ve always known I would not suffer a similar fate, because I’ve always had exactly the same views on transgenderism as I do on Victorian literature or trees. It’s not something that’s ever interested me, so why should I bother forming an opinion on it? If I want to get fed to the seagulls, I could think of a million other ways of going about it, all of which would be far more satisfying than calling Eddie Izzard a man or laughing at Sam Smith’s insistence that an interest in angling makes you a “fisherthem”. The fact is that I don’t know any transgender people. I once saw a very tall lady in Selfridges who had an Adam’s apple and hairy hands, but that’s it. That’s my only actual real-world experience of the issue and it left me completely underwhelmed. However, in recent times, the transgender issue has come to dominate the news so completely that I’ve been forced to pay a bit more attention. We are being asked whether schoolchildren should be allowed to change gender and whether a man can go to a women’s prison. This is big stuff, when you think about it. And there’s more. In the past week alone, there’s been a row about the new gender-neutral lavatories at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and we learnt that officers in the Metropolitan Police are to be stopped from investigating crime so they can spend more time learning about “faer” and the hundred or so different pronoun options that are available to modern-day youth. And then there was Baroness Fox, who was uninvited to speak on the cancel culture at Royal Holloway, University of London, because she’d retweeted a Ricky Gervais joke about transgender people. Meanwhile, we have Piers Morgan, who’s making a good living from the debate, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose charity will now be supporting the Global Boyhood Initiative, which challenges traditional gender roles. Oh, and on Thursday, World Athletics, the governing body for those who like to run around and jump over things, announced that anyone who went through male puberty may not take part in female events unless they are — deep breath — DSD (differences of sex development) intersex people whose testosterone levels have been below 2.5 nanomoles per litre for a period of at least two years. It would be easy at this point to roll your eyes and think the world’s gone mad. But hang on a minute. Because what if you’re wrong? When I was at school in the Seventies, we were aware that the homosexual act was kind of technically possible, but the notion that anyone would do such a thing was of course laughable. And then a few years after Rock Hudson died of Aids, Freddie Mercury got it and died too. We were in shock. You mean he . . . you know? And then Elton John announced he had a predilection for members of the same genital grouping. And suddenly the floodgates opened. In school we’d always joked that one of the teachers was gay, then it turned out he was. And so was one of our friends. And now, just 40 years on, I feel weird for never having tried it. I went to a gay wedding last year and in January I spent a happy week cruising (on a boat) round the Caribbean with a gay couple. And it’s not a recent thing, either. It wasn’t invented by Alan Turing. Leonardo da Vinci was gay. So, probably, was Richard I, and James VI, and Florence Nightingale. Sir Ian McKellen reckons even Shakespeare swung both ways. Gayness, then, has been around since the very beginning. Well, not the very beginning obviously — we wouldn’t have got far if Eve had been a lesbian — but close to the beginning. So, what if it’s the same deal with transgenderism? Has that also been going on for years? Will we discover in the coming decades that half those brave Tommies in the First World War trenches were secretly hoping to have their old chaps shot off so they could go home and put on a frock? Think how infuriating it must be to those who really were born in the wrong body We know that in the early 20th century, a boy in California decided he was a girl. She called herself Lucy, married a man and, when that failed, opened a brothel. Where, during a routine venereal disease check, it was discovered that she had a penis. So, off she went to prison. And that, to me, has some troubling Turing overtones. I realise, of course, that the whole trans debate has been hijacked by lunatics who glue themselves to stuff and claim to be from a gender that doesn’t even exist, and I know too that there is some kind of civil war going on between fiercely women women and women who just say they’re women. This creates a noise that’s annoying to most of us, but think how infuriating it must be to those who really were born in the wrong body. I believe that this is possible and I accept that it creates several problems for society, and not just in the lavatory or in a prison or in the school high-jump competition. But how can we address these issues when every teenage halfwit is muddying the waters by claiming to identify as a bat and inventing a pronoun that wouldn’t even be allowed in a game of Scrabble? “Faer”, my arse.

Jeremy Clarkson asks ‘What if you’re wrong about trans people?’

In a recent Sunday Times column, Jeremy Clarkson discussed the prevalence of transgender issues in the news and, although he makes jokes and uses problematic language throughout the piece, he posed an important question: "What if you're wrong?"
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 13: Becky Sauerbrunn is interviewed during a USA National Womens Team player training camp at The Cloud on January 13, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Proposed ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ criticised for lacking support for female athletes

American professional footballer, Becky Sauerbrunn, has come out in defence of trans athletes, criticising the proposed 'Save Women's Sports Act' for lacking support for female athletes as more sports take action to restrict or exclude those who aren't cis.
LGB Alliance's 55 Tufton Street address, a picture of the front door showing a seemingly innocuous terraced house in London

Labour Policy Chief used to write for Tufton Street website

Current Labour Policy Chief under Sir Keir Starmer, Claire Ainsley, used to write for one of the right-wing organisations based at 55 Tufton Street.
LGB Alliance statement

LGB Alliance confirm 55 Tufton Street address

In my post about the initial Ofcom letter that revealed the LGB Alliance receive post at 55 Tufton Street, I said the obvious assumption was that somebody based at 55 Tufton Street was trying to use their considerable influence to help them get a meeting with Ofcom.
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LGB Alliance get mail at 55 Tufton Street

At the heart of everything that is going wrong in Britain, lies 55 Tufton Street, so it should come as no surprise that the LGB Alliance have also found a home there.
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NI LGBTQI+ youth groups face devastating cuts

LGBTQI+ youth groups in Northern Ireland are facing devastating cuts as the impact of a lack of government here, coupled with everything else that is going on in the UK, starts to bite.
Club Q tributes

Club Q shooter’s non-binary claim doesn’t stick

After appearing to initially claim to be non-binary, the suspect arrested for the Club Q shooting is now being addressed as 'he' in court.
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An open letter to James O’Brien about trans people

Dear James, Perhaps you would indulge me here a little as I try to guide you on an issue you seem to be having some problems with – the ‘transgender debate’.