The Trans Agenda #11

[18 March 2024]

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  • Ferrets defeat Liz Truss.
  • Teen charged in murder of transgender woman in Detroit.
  • LGBT content in relationships education debate today.
  • New Welsh Labour leader elected in European first.
  • New Conservative splinter faction write their own manifesto.
  • Rishi Sunak plans more tax cuts.
  • Reform UK partner with Northern Ireland’s TUV.
  • Ron DeSantis accuses Libs of TikTok of ‘lying’ for clicks.
  • Today’s papers.
  • Weekend papers.
  • Any other business.
  • plus more…


Ferrets delay Liz Truss’s anti-trans bill

  • A cross-party effort on Friday saw MPs filibuster about ferrets while debating the Animal Welfare (Import of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets) Bill in order to stop Liz Truss’s Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill making it to the floor. It has now been relisted for 22 March but at the bottom of the list, meaning it won’t get heard that day, either. In what was one of the most hilarious scenes in the House of Commons for a long time, MPs talked, at length, about ferrets, including one called ‘Oscar’ who has now achieved a level of fame online. As an added bonus, Truss and Kemi Badenoch were both furious, tweeting afterwards blaming Labour MPs for stopping them debating ‘single sex spaces’, which, of course, is not at all what the bill is about. If it was, it would be called the ‘Single Sex Facility (Assholes) Bill, or something. In reality, both Labour and Tory MPs conspired to stop Truss’s bill being read. You can read the LGB Alliance’s fury here while also watching some of the hilarious ferret-based debate.The ferret has now become a symbol of trans resistance.

New Welsh Labour leader elected in European first

  • Vaughan Gething has been elected Welsh Labour leader, defeating Jeremy Miles, with 52% of the vote. He is the first Black head of government in Europe. In 2024.

House of Commons library is initiating a service designed to assist MPs in fact-checking conspiracy theories [Sun on Sunday]

  • Commons officials are introducing an online Q&A session next week and will provide training on addressing conspiracy theories and antisemitism later this year. Given the current government are one of the largest spreaders of conspiracy theories, this seems long overdue.

New Conservative splinter faction write their own manifesto [Daily Mail]

  • A group of right-wing Conservative MPs, calling themselves the New Conservatives and led by co-chair and anti-trans activist Miriam Cates, is drafting an independent election manifesto to influence the main Tory election platform. They aim to offer policy ideas on tax (lower), immigration (none), education (no trans kids), and online safety. This comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak struggles to unify the party amidst rapidly declining support. In case you’re confused by all these factions, Liz Truss is in one of the other ones, laughably called the Popular Conservatives.Cates, who is anti-abortion, also had a full page in the Mail on Sunday where she said women should ‘have babies before it is too late.’
Women should have babies before it’s too late, not be tricked into uselessly freezing their eggs In an era when they’re increasingly urged to put career before family, Tory MP and mother-of-three Miriam Cates argues... The Mail on Sunday17 Mar 2024By GLEN OWEN POLITICAL EDITOR STRONG VIEWS: Mrs Cates warns women are being lulled into a false sense of security AT WHAT age should women try to start a family? Politicians tend to tread with the lightest of footfalls through such moral minefields, but Miriam Cates tackles the subject head-on. ‘The stats show if you are not a mother by 35 you have got only a one-in-four chance of becoming a mother. If you are not a mother by 30 you have got only a 50 per cent chance,’ she says. She immediately clarifies that the figures don’t relate to the chances of becoming pregnant at that age when trying – it is the proportion of women who will go on to have children if they have not done so by then, for whatever reason. ‘There is a biological-possibility window, which for most people is 16 to 40, but we know after late 20s that the chances go down and down, so if you really want to be a parent then your best chance is sooner rather than later.’ This is not to suggest that Mrs Cates, a 41-year-old mother-of-three, is oblivious to the pressures on women to be financially secure before they start trying for children, she just believes that the Government should use more policy levers to help them juggle their responsibilities. Mrs Cates, the co-chair of the powerful New Conservatives caucus of Right-wing MPs, is setting out her vision for the sort of policies which the struggling Tories should be offering to win back support. If Rishi Sunak’s polling figures do not improve, her 7,200 majority in Penistone and Stocksbridge will vanish at the next election. MRS CATES, a former biology teacher, had her first child aged 25, when her husband David was working as a tech consultant. She worries that women are being lulled into a false sense of security by the offer of freezing their eggs, or using other IVF procedures, to delay the decision into their late 30s. ‘Egg freezing doesn’t work,’ she says baldly. ‘A tiny percentage of people who freeze their eggs will ever become pregnant. ‘By the time women think about doing this, for obvious reasons they are thinking, “my biological clock is ticking, I’ve not met the right guy, I’m not ready to settle down”. ‘But, unfortunately, if you freeze your eggs after the age of 35 or so they are not good quality enough to likely result in a later pregnancy, and I think it is quite unethical for commercial companies to be targeting women. ‘There are some big corporations that will pay for women to do this, and I believe it is really exploitative because it’s saying we want to retain you in the workplace and so we will give you false promises. ‘When you see all these celebrities in the paper who have had a baby aged 47, it never says if it is surrogacy or IVF – or if they have been unbelievably lucky.’ The MP admits that given the plethora of factors involved in the decision there is not a ‘right’ age to settle on, saying: ‘The big factors for most women are do they have a partner that they want to be the father of their children and are they financially settled. ‘There are also some policy angles that the Government needs to work on, such as better housing, that could get the problems out of the way so that people can have the children they say they want.’ Mrs Cates, a Christian who has been called the ‘Mary Whitehouse of the Commons’ – after the 1970s morality campaigner because of the strong moral streak running through her political beliefs – says: ‘I think there is absolutely a role for people of religious faith in public life [but] Tony Blair was told not to “do God” and he has not done so since then.’ The Scottish Government is also in Mrs Cates’ line of fire for spending hundreds of thousands running an advertising campaign pushing egg donation. She says: ‘They are using taxpayers’ money to convince young women to go through what is a very traumatic and potentially dangerous process of egg donation without really explaining what this means – someone else will have your genetic child, and may be identifiable to that child when they are 18. Egg donation means months of hormone injections, having your ovaries inflated and a quite traumatic internal process to remove those eggs. I think it is quite unethical for the Scottish Government to be doing that.’ Mrs Cates is also uneasy about the use of surrogate mothers, saying it is ‘not much thought about’ other than those ‘stories in a soap opera where somebody becomes a surrogate for her sister who’s infertile – that kind of thing’. She says: ‘We think a lot about people who are infertile, people who desperately want to be parents and can’t, and of course I have every sympathy for people in that situation. But I think it is also really important to think about the baby’s rights and the baby’s welfare, and I don’t think that we think enough about what it means to actually take a baby off its mother at birth.’ Mrs Cates adds: ‘When the baby is born it knows its mother’s voice – it’s connected to its mother even if it’s not the mother’s genetic baby. The bits of the baby’s DNA stay in the mother for years and years and years – there is already a connection at birth. So taking the baby off that mother is not a neutral thing. I would always come down on the side of the most vulnerable party, which is the baby.’ Older children also need protecting, Mrs Cates believes, from the risks posed by smartphones, which she says could be mitigated by limiting the functions available to the under-16s. She says: ‘No kid had a smartphone before 2010 and now pretty much every single secondary school-age child – and increasing numbers of primary school kids – have them, so I think we need to raise the age of social media accounts from 13 to 16. ‘Companies are developing hardware that looks like a smartphone but it doesn’t do all the things a smartphone does – you can see a map, you can buy a train ticket but you definitely can’t view porn.’ Egg freezing doesn’t work – companies just target women Blair was told not to “do God” – and he hasn’t since then IT IS astonishing that the position of women, and especially that of mothers, is so little discussed in our politics. The past 60 years have seen multiple revolutions in the status of women, in the nature of family life and perhaps, above all, in the way we raise the next generation. Some of these changes have been driven by deliberate Leftwing social policy and militant feminism. Some have suited business very well, as it has benefited hugely from the expansion of the female workforce and the vast reservoir of talent this has drawn on. Some have their roots in the lingering effects of the Second World War, which placed terrible strains on so many young families and led to far more widespread divorce, and which caused far more women to go out to do paid work than had ever done so before. Others are the result of medical and scientific change, from the invention of the contraceptive pill to the development of labour-saving devices in the home. The rapid growth of mass car ownership has made it first possible and then almost compulsory for young women to multi-task as both mothers in the home and workers outside the home. The results have been the usual mixture of good and bad, but Conservative politicians have tended to go rather too readily with the flow, endorsing or accepting radical changes without – as they should do – asking if they are beneficial to our society. So we should welcome the thoughts of Miriam Cates MP in her interview today in The Mail on Sunday, as a starting point for a very necessary debate. Ms Cates, who is refreshingly willing to think aloud and to fight her corner, is rightly concerned about the pressures on women who pursue careers and motherhood together, often trying to postpone parenthood. She says the vast majority of young women do want to become mothers but that there are many reasons why they don’t have children at the time they want to. She is correct. The relentless passage of time, in reality, greatly limits the opportunity to choose parenthood. Yet despite all the pressures of liberal media, economic need and fashion, many people – both men and women – still rather like the idea of enjoying as much traditional family life as they can reasonably arrange. Many would probably have more children, sooner, if they could find the time and the money, but generally if you have the one, you cannot have the other. Some European countries are considerably more generous to young families, through their tax and benefits systems, than we are. Surely it would not be unconservative to wonder if we might move in this direction. Other problems – of good, reliable and affordable childcare, and of housing in a tough market – also need some attention. So it is a very good thing that Ms Cates is raising this problem. If the Tory Party is to regain its standing and its ability to win elections (which is an urgent task) it needs to offer a thoughtful and unwoke approach to social policy, rather than just follow in the footsteps of Blairism, as it has been all too ready to do. Perhaps there is a Conservative future after all. Article Name:Women should have babies before it’s too late, not be tricked into uselessly freezing their eggs Publication:The Mail on Sunday Author:By GLEN OWEN POLITICAL EDITOR Start Page:17 End Page:17

Sunak plans more tax cuts [Bloomberg]

  • With the country on its knees, Rishi Sunak is planning to offer even more tax cuts in a bid to avoid the inevitable election wipeout his party are facing. A significant reduction in income tax as well as a massive cut to stamp duty and council tax are said to be in the mix.

Reform UK partner with Northern Ireland’s TUV [BBC]

  • To be honest, I am surprised it has taken the right wing parties in England this long to realise what fertile ground there is in Northern Ireland for their brand of conspiratorial racism and nationalism within parts of the loyalist community. If you’re outside of the north of Ireland, you probably don’t know who the TUV are so just think DUP but crazier with a leader in Jim Allister whose gammony head always looks like it is going to explode, no matter what the subject. He is a walking angry meme. The TUV are possibly even further to the right than Nigel Farage’s Reform.The TUV held their conference this weekend with Richard Tice, official leader of Reform in attendance along with fellow Reform member, Ben Habib. Peer Kate Hoey, another hateful being, was also in attendance.

Planet fitness stand by trans-supportive decision [Mail Online]

  • Planet Fitness are facing an inevitable backlash from the cult after they banned a cis woman for videoing another woman in one of their changing rooms. The creep with the camera believed the other woman to be trans. In light of the backlash, Planet Fitness, unlike many others, have stood by their decision to be an inclusive company who will not tolerate perverts filming others in their changing rooms.

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Anti-trans Emma Barnett to leave Women’s Hour

  • Emma Barnett is leaving Woman’s Hour to join Radio 4’s Today programme. The BBC is yet to announce her replacement, but Anita Rani, Katya Adler, Nuala McGovern and Tina Dahely are all being mentioned by the Daily Mail as possibilities. Barnett will join the Today programme from May.

Today’s papers

Daily Telegraph

  • There were no anti-trans articles in The Daily Telegraph today, probably exhausted from the SIX they had on Sunday (more below).

Daily Mail

  • Ministers plan to overhaul Equality Act
    Tories move to protect women’s sports and single-sex spaces Daily Mail18 Mar 2024By Kumail Jaffer Political Correspondent MINISTERS are preparing to overhaul New Labour’s Equality Act with proposals to protect single-sex spaces and women’s sports. The Government is hoping to amend the 2010 legislation ‘to make it unambiguously clear that sex means biological sex’ and ‘remove the current vagueness which is exploited to undermine women’s rights, security and competition in sport’, the Sunday Telegraph reported. The policy – which may end up in the Tory manifesto ahead of this year’s election – will make it easier to bar those born as men from women- only spaces and female sporting events. The discussions were revealed just days after Liz Truss accused Labour MPs of ‘filibustering’ her private member’s Bill which sought to protect single-sex spaces and prevent teachers from helping a child change gender. Under the current wording of the Equality Act, people can be protected on the basis of their ‘sex’ – but it is unclear whether this relates to biological sex or the gender someone identifies as. Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch wrote to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for advice on changing the wording to specify that it protects ‘biological sex’. The EHRC has suggested such a change could bring ‘legal clarity’ in areas such as sports and single- sex spaces. Such a move would fulfil a pledge Rishi Sunak made during the 2022 Conservative leadership contest. He said: ‘Too often, existing legislation is used to engage in social engineering to which no one has given consent. ‘The worst offender in this regard is the 2010 Equality Act, conceived in the dog days of the last Labour government. ‘It has been a Trojan horse that has allowed every kind of woke nonsense to permeate public life. It must stop.’ Article Name:Tories move to protect women’s sports and single-sex spaces Publication:Daily Mail Author:By Kumail Jaffer Political Correspondent Start Page:6 End Page:6

This is mostly based on The Sunday Telegraph’s reporting, which you can see below.

Weekend papers

Saturday Telegraph

  • I use pressreader to check the papers. For some reason, the Saturday 16 March edition of The Telegraph was not available.

Sunday Telegraph

Female-only spaces to be protected by Tory reforms Manifesto pledge would overhaul New Labour’s equality laws on women’s refuges and female sports The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024By Edward Malnick SUNDAY POLITICAL EDITOR THE Conservatives are preparing to revive Rishi Sunak’s leadership pledge to overhaul New Labour’s equality laws, in an effort to protect single-sex spaces and women’s sports. Senior government figures are considering a manifesto commitment to amend the Equality Act, which the Prime Minister previously said had become a “trojan horse” for “woke nonsense”. The commitment would include an amendment to the 2010 Equality Act, passed while Gordon Brown was prime minister, “to make it unambiguously clear that sex means biological sex,” said ‘Labour MPs prevented debate on a new law to protect children and single sex spaces a source familiar with the discussions. Such a move would “remove the current vagueness which is exploited to undermine women’s rights, security and competition in sport”. It would mean sex being defined by someone’s biological sex rather than their affirmed, or “acquired” gender, making it easier to bar those born as men from women-only spaces and female sporting events. It could also include a wider review of the legislation, which Mr Sunak said during his 2022 leadership campaign was used to “engage in social engineering to which no one has given consent.” Senior Tories see the issue as a potentially major dividing line with Labour in the election expected later this year. However it is also a source of tension among Conservatives. In the 2022 leadership contest, Penny Mordaunt, now the Leader of the Commons, came under fire for previously stating that “trans men are men, trans women are women”. On Friday, Liz Truss, the former prime minister, and Kemi Badenoch, the minister for women and equality, accused Labour MPs of using arcane parliamentary procedure to block a Private Member’s Bill drawn up by Ms Truss to ban puberty blockers, protect single-sex spaces and prevent teachers from helping a child change gender. But Labour MPs talked so long in a debate about separate legislation earlier in the day that there was no time to consider Ms Truss’s proposal. It is now unlikely that there will be an opportunity for Parliament to debate her Health and Equality Acts (Amendment) Bill. After the debate was effectively timed out, Mrs Badenoch tweeted: “Labour MPs prevented debate on a new law to protect children and single sex spaces. Instead they used parliamentary time to discuss ferret name choices. Last week, in an interview with The Telegraph, Baroness Falkner of Margravine, who chairs the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), called for the Equality Act to be updated to clarify the balance between trans and women’s rights. The country is currently reliant on court rulings, sometimes by “activist judges”, to clarify the law, she said. In the latest case before the Supreme Court it has been asked to rule on whether the Scottish Government was right to include trans women in its official definition of women. Lady Falkner said: “There are easier ways to do things and I think sometimes Parliament does have to assert its own primacy in terms of the legislation that it has passed.” The intervention came after Mrs Badenoch wrote to the EHRC last year, asking for advice on changing the wording of the Equality Act to specify that it protects “biological sex” rather than “sex”. The EHRC, which is responsible for policing the legislation, said that such a change would “bring legal clarity” in eight areas, including sports and single-sex areas. Currently, the equalities legislation states that people can be protected on the basis of their “sex”, but some have since interpreted this to mean the gender someone identifies as rather than their biological sex. It has caused confusion over whether trans women can be barred from women’s sports or entering female-only spaces such as hospital wards, changing rooms and rape refuges. Ministers are said to want to wait until the resolution of the Supreme Court case before acting. However, talks are under way to include a pledge to amend the Equality Act in the Conservatives’ general election manifesto. Article Name:Female-only spaces to be protected by Tory reforms Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:By Edward Malnick SUNDAY POLITICAL EDITOR Start Page:5 End Page:5

The Telegraph continue to help Kemi Badenoch and the cult push for a change to the Equality Act in order to remove trans people from the spaces we’ve been able to use all our lives, although they only ever mention trans women as if trans men don’t exist.
They also manage to get in a dig at Penny Mordaunt, who once supported trans people but threw us under the bus when she was running for Conservative Leader before she ultimately backed Liz Truss. They highlight her support but not her change of position. This bit of information being included makes sense when you remember that there was much chatter over the weekend that Mordaunt is considering challenging Rishi Sunak while The Telegraph would very much like to see Badenoch or Suella Braveman as the next leader.

Edward Malnick, writing the article, also refers to the ‘arcane parliamentary procedure’ Badenoch accused Labour of using to block Liz Truss’s bill. This procedure is so ‘arcane’ it was used just over two weeks ago by the Tories to run out time on the Conversion Therapy Bill.

The Telegraph weren’t done there, not by a long shot. After all, they still hadn’t quoted anyone from Sex Matters, yet. The same page carried three more anti-trans pieces:

School nurse states not all people who give birth are women The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024By Charlotte Gill ‘This displays complete ideological capture and a lack of safeguarding knowledge’ ‘This is an area which is new and evolving...but the role of all nurses is to help, not harm’ A SCHOOL health nurse has claimed “not all people who have babies might call themselves a she or a woman or a mum”, speaking on a podcast sponsored by the NHS. Tikki Harrold made the comments on an episode of School Nursing Uncovered titled “Gender identity – what are the facts?”. Recalling when she was asked to “review a teenage pregnancy document” by colleagues working in “health visiting”, Ms Harrold said: “Some of their language was incredibly gendered”, but added it’s “not because they’re deliberately ignoring the fact that actually not all people who have babies might call themselves a she or a woman or a mum. It’s just that they don’t know”. Asked if there are examples of cases where things don’t go so well for “young people who are gender questioning”, Ms Harrold said: “There was one who actually ended up in child protection planning because the parents were so unaccepting that it was having such a significant impact on this young person’s mental wellbeing.” She added: “Actually, it ended quite tragically with the attempt on their life which has resulted in significant longterm disabilities.” Ms Harrold – who describes herself as “based in a school in Oxford City” – said “walking through school in a skirt and make up, and letting your hair grow, when actually people previously knew you as a boy, that’s incredibly brave, and they’re not people who are a risk to the rest of the school population”. The podcast’s target audience and presenters are school nurses. The series is run by the Digital Health Transformation Service at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA). Speaking about the podcast, Lucy Marsh from the Family Education Trust said: “This displays complete ideological capture and a worrying lack of safeguarding knowledge within the school nursing community.” Fiona McAnena, director of campaigns for Sex Matters said: “It is irresponsible for anyone working with children to promote a suicide narrative in connection with gender distress. The government adviser on suicide, Prof Louis Appleby, has said this practice should stop.” A spokesman from Oxford Health NHS Trust: “Tikki Harrold is very clear in the podcast that it is the professional role of school nurses to respond to the needs of young people in the context of their culture and values. This is an area which is new and evolving with respect to trans issues, but the role of all nurses is to help, not harm.” In a shared statement, LPT and SAPHNA said: “The School Nursing Uncovered podcast is a collaboration between Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s digital health transformation service and SAPHNA (School and Public Health Nurses Association). “The podcast was created by school nurses across the NHS, for fellow school nurses to discuss the challenges and issues affecting children, young people and families.” Article Name:School nurse states not all people who give birth are women Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:By Charlotte Gill Start Page:5 End Page:5

The above article quotes Sex matters’ Fiona McAnena complaining that mentioning a trans kid attempting suicide is to “promote a suicide narrative in connection with gender distress”.

Canada’s Supreme Court under fire after ruling women are ‘people with a vagina’ The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024By Rozina Sabur DEPUTY US EDITOR CANADA’S Supreme Court has been ridiculed after ruling that referring to a female sexual assault victim as a “woman” was confusing and the term “person with a vagina” should be used instead. It is believed to be the first time the new terminology has appeared in the country’s judicial rulings and has prompted sharp criticism for “blurring” the language around sexual attacks. Canada’s oldest rape shelter told The Telegraph it followed a trend of “erasure of the violence that men are committing against women”. “It definitely doesn’t serve the fight to end male violence against women when you’re blurring the language,” said Hilla Kerner, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. Melissa Lantsman, a deputy leader of the Conservative Party, said: “There is nothing confusing about the word ‘woman’, it’s common sense. This is just complete nonsense that moves nothing forward. It’s not progress”. The Supreme Court ruling, which was published on International Women’s Day, related to a case involving Christopher James Kruk, 41, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2020. No one involved in the case identified as transgender. The woman testified that she woke up in Kruk’s home in May 2017 to find him having sex with her and attempted, unsuccessfully, to push him off. The judge gave numerous reasons for finding Kruk guilty, including that it was “extremely unlikely” that a woman could be mistaken about the sensation. “She said she felt his penis inside her and she knew what she was feeling,” the judge wrote, adding: “It is extremely unlikely that a woman would be mistaken about that feeling”. The Court of Appeal overturned the ruling in January 2022, finding the judge’s reasoning was “speculative” and ordered a new trial. However, while Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin concurred with the trial judge’s conclusion, she diverted from the original ruling’s terminology. She wrote: “Where a person with a vagina testifies credibly and with certainty that they felt penile-vaginal penetration, a trial judge must be entitled to conclude that they are unlikely to be mistaken.” Article Name:Canada’s Supreme Court under fire after ruling women are ‘people with a vagina’ Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:By Rozina Sabur DEPUTY US EDITOR Start Page:5 End Page:5

You’d think this would be enough for one day for any single paper, but not for The Telegraph. They still had room for one more on this page alone:

EHRC urgently reviews employer guidance on single-sex jobs The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024By Sanchez Manning THE equalities watchdog is urgently reviewing its guidance for employers on single-sex jobs as women’s refuges are “routinely” and “unlawfully” advertising positions to male-born applicants. The Equality Act has exemptions which allow employers to restrict a job role to a particular sex if they can show it is an “occupational requirement” and is “a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim”. Under these rules, it is lawful for women’s domestic violence and rape charities to advertise femaleonly positions. However, the feminist campaign group Fair Play For Women (FPFW) has alerted the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to nine different charities that allow men who identify as women to apply for jobs reserved for female candidates. The EHRC says it is now conducting an immediate review of its guidance for employers on the advertising of single-sex positions. A spokesman said: “We acknowledge the need for clarity regarding the lawful use of the occupational requirement exemptions set out in Schedule 9 (Part 1) of the Equality Act 2010, and we will take action to provide it. “We are urgently reviewing our guidance on discriminatory adverts and will be updating it shortly.” Dr Nicola Williams, director of FPFW, said fresh guidance on this issue was needed because many organisations are “misinterpreting” equality laws. She said: “Domestic violence and rape charities are now routinely misinterpreting this law because of the mistaken belief that they must still invite trans women to apply for female-only jobs for fear of being accused of discrimination.” The EHRC review comes amid a growing outcry among feminist groups against trans women being employed by rape and domestic violence shelters. They argue that such spaces should be female-only due to the vulnerability of the women who seek their help. Dr Williams added: “It’s a travesty that women who have been subjected to male violence can now no longer be confident that they can seek help from single-sex services.” Article Name:EHRC urgently reviews employer guidance on single-sex jobs Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:By Sanchez Manning Start Page:5 End Page:5

Fair Play for Women get a shout-out in this one after they reported nine different charities to the EHRC for daring to allow trans women to apply for jobs in women’s shelters. The pledge to overhaul the Equality Act is likely to be in the Conservative manifesto ahead of the general election.

All of these articles appeared on the same page:

Sunday Telegrapg page with four anti-trans articles

Enough? Not for The Telegraph.

How I took on the puberty-blocker orthodoxy – and won It’s a tribute to the importance of academic freedom that my research made such a difference The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024MICHAEL BIGGS Last week, NHS England announced that puberty blockers would no longer be given to children at its gender-identity clinics. It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Almost exactly five years ago, The Telegraph broke the news that eventually led to the closure of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS). The Tavistock started an experiment giving puberty blockers to adolescents as young as 12 in 2011. In 2018, when I started looking for outcomes, nothing had been published. This absence raised my suspicions, because I know that favourable results are speedily published. I searched for evidence using Freedom of Information requests and I made a formal complaint to the Health Research Authority. What I discovered was disturbing: conference presentations where the director of GIDS admitted that the results were not as they hoped; data from 30 of the patients after a year on puberty blockers showing more negative changes than positive ones. Submitting my findings to an academic journal would have been an uphill battle. The prevailing wisdom was that puberty blockers were lifesaving medication for “transgender kids”. Instead, I announced my findings on Transgender Trend, a blog run by Stephanie Davies-Arai, a critic of the medical is at ion of gender non conforming children, whose writing had helped to shift my views. This blog led to that first Telegraph article, my full-length paper on the experiment, and my appearance on BBC Newsnight. I was an expert witness in the judicial review brought by Keira Bell. Eventually, I did publish the outcomes of the experiment in a psychology journal, six months before their belated publication by the Tavistock’s clinicians. Would they have published without my discoveries? My extensive research was possible only because the University of Oxford paid my salary and the department of sociology let me pursue my curiosity without hindrance. Few academics in Britain enjoy such privilege, as bureaucratic managers exhort their underlings to maximise their consumption of external grant funding and their mass production of “outputs”. Naturally, these managers punish any line of research that strays from what is deemed orthodox by activist scholars and students, because dissenting research will not receive grants or achieve publication and will alienate fee-paying customers. Pursuing this research on puberty blockers entailed personal costs. Many colleagues warned me that I was being “very courageous”, a message familiar to viewers of Yes, Minister.I have surely made myself unappointable to any other post; I have lost students, invitations to seminars, and friends. But there is no need for another victim narrative. If you express unpopular views, you can hardly complain about being unpopular. As I pursued my investigation, the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences was given a grant of £700,000 to interview young people who identified as transgender, their parents, and gender clinicians. The project’s advisory board included a clinical psychologist at the Tavistock along with the co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, a transgender campaign group. Interviewees were recruited through organisations promoting endocrinological and surgical interventions. One was Mermaids. Another was GenderGP, a Singaporebased firm led by two British doctors; one has been struck off the medical register for dishonesty, while the other has a criminal conviction for running an unlicensed clinic. This project produced a website featuring videos of young people praising puberty blockers. These included testimonials recommending named private providers, including GenderGP. After complaints from me, these providers’ names disappeared from the website. Today, it still claims that “hormone blockers are a reversible intervention” and “it is more harmful to withhold this intervention that [sic] to provide it”. This project exemplifies what happens when universities and the NHS are yoked to campaigning organisations. It is fortunate that my university also provides space to lone academics to pursue lines of research that dissent from the prevailing orthodoxy – even beyond the confines of their discipline. Academic freedom comes at a price, of course. It enables scholars to pursue research that might seem frivolous. It protects weird cranks as well as truth-seekers. Only in retrospect, however, can they be distinguished. Academic freedom bestows a grave responsibility on those who enjoy its privilege: to pursue truth, even – or especially – when it offends our peers. Article Name:How I took on the puberty-blocker orthodoxy – and won Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:MICHAEL BIGGS Start Page:20 End Page:20

This one gives a shout-out to Transgender Trend.

How about another one?

Trans women included in push for female chiefs The Sunday Telegraph17 Mar 2024By Lucy Burton TRANS women are included in a push to get more female chief executives into the FTSE 100 by next year, the head of the campaign has said. The 25x25 initiative, which is backed by major companies including Unilever, NatWest and BP, was created in 2021 with the target of getting 25 female chief executives running bluechip companies by 2025. There are currently only 10. Tara Cemlyn-Jones, the chief executive of the nonprofit organisation, confirmed that people self-identifying women count towards that target. Ms Cemlyn-Jones said “anyone who identifies as a woman, is a woman”, though she stressed that 25x25 was “not an authority on this subject” and would always defer to partners on “language, aims and ambitions” in this area. She added: “Our focus is on succession and talent planning using gender broadly as an indicator. To suggest anything else would be very misleading.” The decision by 25x25 to include trans women within its goal comes amid a debate into how men who self-identify as women should be included in diversity targets. Critics argue that including trans women alongside biological women in data and targets could skew figures on the representation of women on boards and average salaries. Tory MPs have accused the financial services watchdog of putting women’s rights at risk by urging banks to collect staff data based on self-identified gender rather than biological sex. Some 40 MPs and peers wrote to the Chancellor to argue that the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was taking an “activist approach” to its diversity policies. The FCA’s plans to boost diversity in financial services is out for consultation, amid growing concerns that progress on gender diversity at a senior level is stalling. Last month the Treasury select committee said it had found a “shocking” prevalence of sexual harassment and bullying in the City. Ms Cemlyn-Jones said she was concerned that the investors and analysts who hold big listed companies to account are “not contributing to change”. 40 The MPs and peers who said the FCA was taking an ‘activist approach’ to diversity policies Article Name:Trans women included in push for female chiefs Publication:The Sunday Telegraph Author:By Lucy Burton Start Page:25 End Page:25

Did you notice how many actual trans people were mentioned or involved in any of those articles?

Saturday Daily Mail

Truss accuses Labour of scuppering gender Bill Daily Mail16 Mar 2024By Kumail Jaffer LIZ Truss has accused Labour MPs of ‘filibustering’ to prevent her gender reforms being debated in Parliament. The former prime minister was hoping to bring forward legislation banning ‘biological men’ from women-only spaces and blocking local authorities from recognising children’s attempts to change pronouns. But Labour MPs spoke for four hours on the preceding Private Members’ Bill on animal welfare, meaning her proposals ‘Prevented debate of my bill’ never put forward. Filibustering is when debate is prolonged to prevent or delay decisions being made. Last night, Ms Truss said: ‘I’m furious that Labour MPs have filibustered in Parliament today to prevent debate of my Bill. ‘Parents will want to know why Labour don’t even want to discuss how to protect children and single sex spaces, let alone put those protections into law. Labour care more about ideology than the protection of children.’ A Labour spokesman said: ‘Tory support for this bill is further proof that weak Rishi Sunak is still dancing to Liz Truss’s tune, while working people still pay the price for her economic recklessness.’ Article Name:Truss accuses Labour of scuppering gender Bill Publication:Daily Mail Author:By Kumail Jaffer Start Page:10 End Page:10

Mail on Sunday

Sacked teacher’s welfare fear for girl aged 8 in ‘wrong body’ The Mail on Sunday17 Mar 2024By Ian Gallagher CHIEF REPORTER A TEACHER sacked for refusing to treat an eight-year-old girl as a boy will tell an employment tribunal this week of her serious concerns for the child’s welfare. She was ordered by the headteacher before the start of term to go along with the wishes of the pupil to ‘socially transition’ under the guidance of controversial LGBT charity Stonewall. It meant calling her by a boy’s name and using male pronouns, and also involved an ultimately futile attempt to keep her gender change a secret from classmates. The child, backed by her parents, was allowed to wear a boy’s uniform and to use the boys’ lavatories and changing rooms. Troubled by the situation, the teacher, referred to as ‘Hannah’ for legal reasons, raised the matter as a safeguarding issue, believing it endangered the child and other pupils in the short and long-term. ‘We hear a lot about protected characteristics – what about the right of a child to grow up?’ Hannah told The Mail on Sunday. ‘It is heartbreaking.’ She added that children are being supported by teachers and schools to believe that they are in the ‘wrong body’. She is bringing a case against the primary school and Nottinghamshire County Council, claiming she was victimised for whistleblowing and unfairly dismissed in 2022. The case begins in Nottingham on Tuesday. She said her sacking, for wanting to protect vulnerable children from harm, has torn her life apart and left her with the prospect of never being able to teach again. She had enjoyed five happy years at the school and her record was unblemished. But she noted with dismay how ‘education became increasingly politicised’. In 2021 the school adopted training methods devised by Stonewall, which urges teachers to ‘remove any unnecessarily gendered language’ from the classroom. Hannah believes the toxicity surrounding the transgender debate has created a climate of fear in schools. ‘Nobody is prepared to speak out or challenge decisions made without discussion,’ she said. She now works in a sandwich shop ‘where we are more freely able to discuss these issues’. She added: ‘Teachers are being bullied into not questioning transaffirming policies when evidence shows that the actual result of the approach is to put the welfare of children at serious risk. I am determined to pursue justice.’ Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting Hannah, said: ‘For years, parents and teachers who have raised safeguarding concerns over these issues have been ignored and disbelieved.’ Article Name:Sacked teacher’s welfare fear for girl aged 8 in ‘wrong body’ Publication:The Mail on Sunday Author:By Ian Gallagher CHIEF REPORTER Start Page:9 End Page:9

Another day, another tribunal on the horizon. This child is supported by their parents, the child is supported by the school. The teacher raised a ‘safeguarding issue’ and now works in a sandwich shop where she says “we are more freely able to discuss these issues.” I bet her colleagues love that.

As usual, with these sorts of cases, there is more to it all than is being reported by the anti-trans press. In an interview with GB News, it was revealed that the church diocese agreed with Stonewall, the school tried to accommodate the teacher’s ‘views’ by placing the child in another class, and still the teacher refused to use the child’s chosen pronouns and name.

Saturday Guardian

Remarkable result of invitation from Brianna’s mother The Guardian16 Mar 2024Helen Pidd North of England editor In an anonymous office in a Warrington business park, two mothers met last week for the first time. Esther Ghey and Emma Sutton sat down for what one restorative justice expert called the most “extraordinarily unusual” meeting he had heard of in 30 years. Ghey’s 16-year-old daughter, Brianna, was murdered in a nearby park last year by two teenagers, one of whom she thought was her friend. That was Scarlett Jenkinson, Sutton’s daughter, the “driving force” behind planning and executing the “exceptionally brutal” stabbing. Within 48 hours of Jenkinson being sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison last month, Ghey told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that she was open to meeting Sutton, insisting: “I don’t blame her for what her child has done.” Last week, it happened. There were no professional mediators present, just Tom Bedworth, a former journalist from the Warrington Guardian who had worked with Ghey on her Peace in Mind fundraising campaign, and Sutton’s brother, Rob. “It was a positive and respectful meeting,” Ghey revealed afterwards. She said they had discussed “the challenges of parenting” and that she would be willing to campaign with Sutton on the dangers for children of mobile phones and the internet. Prof Lawrence Sherman, one of the world’s leading experts in restorative justice, said of the meeting between Ghey and Sutton: “I’ve never heard of anything like that before. In 30 years, I have never heard a victim or survivor of crime offering through the media to have a meeting – and for that offer to be accepted so quickly. The fact they may even partner on these issues is even more remarkable.” If anyone can come close to understanding how Ghey might have felt in that meeting, it is Jo Berry. Her father, Sir Anthony Berry, was an MP who was killed in the IRA Brighton bombing during the 1984 Tory party conference, when she was 27. In November 2000 she set up a secret meeting in Dublin with Patrick Magee, the former IRA activist who planted the bomb. Magee – described by his trial judge as “a man of exceptional cruelty and inhumanity” – had been sentenced to 35 years’ jail but was released under the Good Friday Agreement after 13. When Berry and Magee met, he was still “the most demonised terrorist we had”, she said, and so she didn’t tell any of her friends and family where she was going. “I didn’t meet him for an apology. I didn’t meet him to change him. I just met him to see him as a human being,” she said. Magee began on the defensive. “He was quite political, defending his position. But I thought, I’m here now, I might as well tell him a bit about my dad and tell him about the impact on me,” she said. Then something switched: “He started seeing my dad as a human being for the first time. He changed. There was a tangible moment when his voice changed, his words changed, and so I stayed. This was more powerful than I could imagine. It was a much more restorative conversation, with him wanting to hear about my pain and my anger. He said he was disarmed by my empathy.” When Magee planted the bomb, he “dehumanised” his target, said Berry. “That’s often what happens when people use violence; they don’t see the humanity of the person, which is what allows them to do it. What often happens with restorative justice is that it rehumanises each side.” Both Berry and Magee’s lives changed indelibly that day and they began campaigning together on conflict resolution. She now works as a restorative justice practitioner and has facilitated dozens of conversations between victims and perpetrators, in Britain and abroad, in locations including Cyprus and Kosovo. From 2001 to 2006 Sherman and fellow researcher Heather Strang carried out a series of restorative justice experiments in Britain, focusing particularly on the crimes of burglary and robbery, and found “very strong benefits of reduced repeat offending and reduced posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)”. Those who took part slept better, found it easier to return to work and ultimately will probably live longer, said Sherman. “People who suffer post-traumatic stress symptoms, whether that’s crime victims or combat veterans, have reduced life expectancy due to cardiovascular disease. We have demonstrated in our clinical trial that we can reduce post-traumatic stress, so it’s not too far a leap to say that [restorative justice] should be able to reduce mortality.” He said a study in Canberra, Australia, found the death rate from suicide among young violent offenders “who were prosecuted rather than being randomly assigned to restorative justice was 10% by 15 years later, compared to zero among those who did receive restorative justice by random assignment.” While contrition is essential for restorative justice, forgiveness is “not at all important” in the process, said Berry. “An awful lot of our victims say: ‘I don’t forgive them. But I was really glad to have their apology’,” said Sherman. Of course, not all victims want to meet those responsible for their pain, said Kenny Donaldson, the director of the Northern Ireland-based organisation SEFF, which supports more than 3,500 individual victims/survivors affected by terrorism and other Troubles-related criminal violence. Only in “the very rarest of circumstances”, such as Berry and Magee, “have the innocents of Troubles-related violence made arrangements to meet with the perpetrators of the violence perpetrated against them and/or their loved ones,” he said. For such meetings to take place, certain conditions must be in place, he said. An apology is not enough. “What is required is the recognition and acknowledgement from perpetrators that there was no justification for their actions, taken in many cases against their very own neighbours.” Article Name:Remarkable result of invitation from Brianna’s mother Publication:The Guardian Author:Helen Pidd North of England editor Start Page:11 End Page:11
  • Esther Ghey met Emma Sutton, mother of her daughter Brianna’s murderer, to discuss challenges and potential collaboration, emphasising healing and reconciliation. No mediators were present when the pair met.
Puberty blockers What they do and why routine provision for gender dysphoria is stopping The Guardian16 Mar 2024Ian Sample Science editor PHOTOGRAPH: GUY SMALLMAN/GETTY IMAGES The gender identity development service at the Tavistock Centre in London, which is closing this month Children with gender dysphoria will no longer receive puberty-suppressing hormones, also known as puberty blockers, as routine practice after an NHS England review concluded there was insufficient evidence for their safety and effectiveness. The hormones will now be only available for children with gender dysphoria through clinical trials to fill gaps in medical knowledge, though provision is expected to be made in exceptional circumstances on a case-by-case basis. Treatment for young people already receiving the hormones will not be affected. Therapies to stop puberty arose from work in the 60s and 70s. In work that involved dissecting hundreds of thousands of pig and lamb brains, Andrew Schally and Roger Guillemin extracted and determined the structure of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH, work that earned them the 1977 Nobel prize for medicine. GnRH is produced in the brain’s hypothalamus. When released, it triggers the pituitary gland to secrete follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH), which drive puberty. In men, they tell the testicles to make testosterone. In women, they make ovaries produce oestrogen and progesterone. What researchers found remarkable was that while pulses of GnRH stimulate the pituitary to churn out other puberty-driving hormones, a continuous dose in effect shuts down production of FSH and LH, putting puberty on hold. Today, synthetic analogues of GnRH such as triptorelin are given for prostate cancer and endometriosis, and they are also approved for children with precocious puberty, a condition that affects more girls than boys. Girls can start puberty as toddlers, but the therapy applies the brakes. When the drugs stop, puberty begins as normal. “It’s been very beneficial in these children,” said Ashley Grossman, professor of endocrinology at Oxford University. Studies of children given the hormones for precocious puberty suggest the therapy is generally safe, but questions remain. Some researchers say scant data on outcomes such as cognitive development, fertility, and the risk of cancer and metabolic disease make it hard draw firm conclusions about its long-term impact. Less is known about the use of the hormones in children with gender dysphoria. The drugs have been used off label – prescribed for a use other than the one on the label - for the condition since the mid-90s, to buy time to explore gender identity and hold off potentially distressing sexual maturation. But few large, robust studies have investigated the consequences. “It is a different situation if a child is about to go into puberty and you turn the whole thing off, and that is really what we don’t know about long term,” said Grossman. Some studies find puberty suppression can improve mental health and wellbeing in young people in extreme distress over gender dysphoria, but many findings are based on small numbers of patients. Research is often contested. Work from Massachusetts general hospital in 2020 found suicidal thoughts were less common in transgender adults given the hormones in adolescence, compared with those denied them. But critics said the survey used was unreliable. One claimed the study “contributed nothing”. Puberty is a crucial time for bone and brain development. Several studies suggest puberty blockers potentially make bones weaker, but again the picture is not wholly clear. Jennifer Osipoff, a paediatric endocrinologist at Stony Brook University in New York mitigates any risk to bone health by providing calcium and vitamin D. The possible impact on the maturing brain has had very little attention. One study flagged declines in IQ during treatment for precocious puberty, but no one has systematically delved into the potential cognitive effects of halting puberty in adolescence and whether any changes are reversible. Sallie Baxendale, a professor of clinical neuropsychology at University College London, said: “No area of medicine can operate ethically in such a vacuum of knowledge.” She has “grave concerns” about adolescents’ capacity to give truly informed consent to medications that “interrupt the construction of the neural architecture that underpins complex decision making”. Osipoff agrees there is “not a lot of scientific research”, but based on her patients and reports from other clinics, she strongly believes the benefits outweigh the risks. The hormones can not only alleviate distress, she said, but may reduce the need for operations later, for example, if a trans man wants breast tissue removed. “Seeing how severe the mental health problems have been in so many of my patients, to say there’s something I can do to help eliminate some of that distress and not offer it, that just seems inhumane,” she said. The possible impact on the maturing brain has received very little attention Article Name:Puberty blockers What they do and why routine provision for gender dysphoria is stopping Publication:The Guardian Author:Ian Sample Science editor Start Page:22 End Page:22

Do not be misled by the headline. This article does not, in fact, explain why they are being stopped. It offers not a single word about the attack on trans rights from the government, which is the only reason this is happening. That isn’t really a surprise given how much help The Guardian have given them.

The Observer

  • Sonia Sodha did not reproduce her one column this weekend.

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  • The Commons will consider the 10 amendments suggested by the House of Lords to the safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill.


  • 4.30pm – MPs will debate two opposing petitions relating to LGBT content in relationships education. One wants to keep it included, the other wants to be an arse about the whole thing.


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Teen charged with murder after fatal shooting of trans woman Ashia Davis during Pride month [Pink News] [FOX 2 DETROIT]

Kentucky GOP moves to criminalise interference with legislature after transgender protests [The Hamilton Spectator]

  • Kentucky‘s GOP-dominated legislature is advancing legislation to criminalise ‘disruptive’ protests in the Capitol, after anti-transgender legislation protests. Advocates fear it could undermine the right to protest, chilling public dissent. The bill, pending Senate approval, would make such disruptions misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the offence. Critics argue this could infringe on free speech rights.

Jersey City Resolution celebrates March 31 as Transgender Day Of Visibility [Tap into Jersey City]

  • Jersey City‘s resolution designates March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility, unanimously approved by the Municipal Council. The 15th annual event will be marked by a flag-raising ceremony and a comprehensive social media campaign. These efforts aim to celebrate trans people, promote inclusion, and highlight ongoing discrimination challenges.

Elliot Page wants to combat the ‘endless, full-blown lies’ about trans lives [Pink News]

Ron DeSantis accuses Libs of TikTok of ‘lying’ for clicks [Pink News]

  • When two of the worst people you know fight…


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Import tariffs on many goods suspended

  • UK import tariffs on goods including flowers, fruit juices and chemicals are to be suspended for two years, the government announced ahead of a conference for small businesses as Kemi Badenoch and the government continue to struggle with Brexit.

Teen arrested over alleged hate crime on Black pupil [Sunday Telegraph]

  • A teenager has been arrested over an alleged hate crime on a Black schoolboy in Carlisle. Footage on social media appeared to show a student being punched and pushed and made to kiss a white boy’s shoe.

Trump trials delayed

  • Trump‘s legal challenges in Georgia and New York were delayed but could still go to trial before the election. He is also facing a significant cash shortfall compared with Joe Biden and is asking some donors to increase their contributions.

Democratic infighting [Politico]

  • Senator Chuck Schumer‘s criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has created tension between AIPAC and some Democrats.

The Biden administration is using ankle monitors to track some migrant families [NY Times]

Vladimir Putin’s reign to continue, nobody surprised

  • Vladimir Putin has been returned as the unsurprising ‘winner’ of Russia’s sham election with ‘88%’ of the ‘vote’.


710th Meeting, 30th Session, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [UN]

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland faces a grilling.



Lesbian couple loses dream wedding, neighbours rain down love [Medium]

  • Even in the heart of the Bible Belt, the public are standing up for queer people.



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