Michael Powell and the Mail on Sunday are upset that doctors are being ‘told not quiz patients on trans status’.
Rare are the days that go by without some perfectly normal thing upsetting one of the Mail titles and today it is the turn of the Mail on Sunday.
Rather than give space to JK Rowling’s further descent into a Linehan lifestyle, they have given it instead to Michael Powell so he can get people upset that doctors are being advised to respect trans people when they say they are trans.
You know, like how we just accept it when someone tells us they are gay. Or not trans.
Once again, the Mail turn to Transgender Trend to provide reasons as to why this is wrong (did Transgender Trend get in touch in the first place to moan about it? It is a possibility and I’m ‘just asking questions’.).
Powell also spoke with Bayswater and a psychotherapist called Bob Withers, both of whom hold anti-trans views. And, just for good measure, Mermaids, autistic trans kids, The Cass Review and Tavistock all get a mention, too.
Powell writes that the Cass Review led to the closure of the Tavistock clinic. He of course fails to mention that it will be replaced by a much better model.
He then adds about Mermaids that they “allegedly sent breast binders to children behind parents’ backs and promoted puberty blockers to teens as safe and ‘reversible’.”
Binders aren’t illegal and puberty blockers are as described – safe and reversible. They have been used in cis children without hysterics since the 1980s.
Wikipedia notes, “Delaying or temporarily suspending puberty is a medical treatment for children whose puberty started abnormally early (precocious puberty). Puberty blockers have been used on-label since the 1980s to treat precocious puberty in children, and were approved for use in treating precocious puberty in children by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993.
“The use of puberty blockers in transgender youth is supported by seven American medical associations, four Australian medical associations, the British Medical Association, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).”
Powell does not quote a single trans person or trans-supportive organisation in this article/ Every sentence is phrased so as to imply wrongdoing or nefarious motives without directly lying.
Once again, it is just more cis people crying about things they don’t like nor understand while trans people are kept from the ‘conversation’.
You might remember Powell’s name from the Mail on Sunday’s stunt back in December 2021, when a reporter (it’s not clear if it Powell in the photo as he seems to keep a low profile online) went around trying to see what changing rooms he could get in to as an attempt to show why trans people having rights is a dangerous thing.
Other headlines from pieces written by Powell include, but are not limited to:
- Taxpayer-funded quango hands thousands to group that says: Let transgender women compete in female sport with no medical checks [Mail on Sunday, 27 October 2019, joint byline with Sanchez Manning]
- Civil servants ‘caved in to trans lobby over Census sex question’ [Mail on Sunday 21 February 2021]
- Soldiers’ inclusive language ‘toolkit’ declares: Not all women are female [Mail on Sunday 10 October 2021]
- NHS-funded guide that says trans men can fund treatment with prostitution [Mail on Sunday, 13 March 2022]
- Trans rights activist on panel judging Christian ‘sacked by school over views on gender’ [Mail on Sunday 19 June 2022]