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Former UKIP MEP reveals she is the UK’s first transgender Parliamentarian

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  1. Interesting. I see that three years ago she identified herself as lesbian. Was that because at that time she was keeping her trans status a secret except for family and close friends? Is she still lesbian? Is she a trans lesbian?

    And she says she has hopes of being part of the Westminster cabinet. I wish her well with this ambition but I wonder which party she hopes will carry her there, given that she’s currently an independent.

    1. I don’t get how there can be so many Lesbian transgender women?

    2. I asked perfectly reasonable questions above. Only demented loons would interpret them negatively.

      1. Why does any of it matter? ‘Demented loons” is horribly ableist language to use.

      2. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 12:38pm

        Hear hear, Eddy!

    3. I think the most glaring issue with your comment is that there is still massive ignorance about trans people, even from the LGBT community.
      People can be transgender and still be attracted to either sex, or both, or neither. Transvestites can be attracted to the same sex, the opposite sex, both, or neither.

      As someone else says, why does it even matter?

      Really, the ignorance regarding diverse sexuality from people who constantly complain about being discriminated against by ignorant people is one of the most depressing things I see in LGBT media.

      For a group of people who claim to want equality and their sexuality to not be assigned to them or used as an attack, far too many LGBT people here are real quick to start telling others what they are, or questioning what they “should” be.

      1. There are no glaring “issues” with my initial comment. This individual has chosen to publish a book and chosen to declare in that book that she is a trans and has been living as a secret trans for some years. She therefore has thrown this matter into the public arena. It defies belief that certain touchy people immediately then run round saying, “Hush! Mustn’t talk about it!” Talking about it is clearly what this Former UKIP MEP wants!

        Trans people need to be acknowledged and accepted, not only here in the UK, but worldwide. There have been over 200 murders of trans people in the last year alone. There will be many more unless people stop hiding transgender issues under the carpet. The last thing this person wishes, obviously, is for her history and identity to be ignored.

        1. You don’t help with acceptance of trans* people by demanding their personal lives are publicly scrutinised

          1. Please point to the evidence for a demand that this person’s life be publicly scrutinised!

            PinkNews has written and we have all read, three years ago, that she was a lesbian.

            Pink News has now written and we are all reading now that she is a trans.

            Furthermore, PinkNews is advising us that this individual has published a book in which details of her private life is set out.

            Additionally, we are informed that this person has ambitions to be a cabinet minister!

            So it IS our business! She’s made it our business.

  2. Well I’m shocked. Who would have known~

  3. She has such a male face, I can’t believe nobody knew

    1. Indeed, Eva. And judging by this photograph, there were was another reason for people knowing. She appears to be taller than David Cameron. If I had been there I would definitely have considered the possibility, as would any rational person.

      http://www.bloggers4ukip.org.uk/2012_09_01_archive.html

  4. I couldn’t care less about her gender history. What are her policies??

    1. Touchy, touchy.

      Rachel, you appear to be oblivious of the fact that this person has just chosen to announce to the entire planet via a BOOK, no less, that she is a trans person!

      That’s what SHE’S concerned about – not her policies.

      So you cannot righteously put down people who listen to her announcement that she’s a trans and who are prepared to discuss it.

      1. She’s built her political career without once mentioning her status as trans. How can you suggest that’s all she cares about? It’s not a matter for public debate or discussion.

        1. No. She’s written a book and in that book she has chosen to make a very public announcement about her “status as trans” as you put it. So it’s ridiculous to suggest “It’s not a matter for public debate or discussion” when SHE has made it so.

          Furthermore, please point to any line I have written which warrants your question “How can you suggest that’s all she cares about?”

          The irrationality and touchiness surrounding trans people defies belief.

          1. The line you stated which warrants my question you quoted is “That’s what SHE’S concerned about – not her policies.”

            She’s stated she’s trans, why do we feel the need to ask a million more questions about her personal life, who she’s attracted to, who she’d told before coming public about it, whether she’s a lesbian? It’s none of your business and not a public matter unless she makes it so.

            I highly doubt this book is solely about her life as the UK’s first trans parliamentarian. Even if it was it wouldn’t demand this scrutiny into her personal life.

          2. You’ve demonstrated your over-reaction and touchiness on this subject, Stuart, by implying that “we” “feel the need to ask a million more questions about her private life”.

            I don’t have a million questions, and never have had. Perhaps you do. Perhaps you’re fighting hard your desire to ask them.

            I asked three obvious questions arising from the coverage given here in PN.

            1. Nikki Sinclaire chose to tell us three years ago that she was a lesbian: was that because at that time she was keeping her trans status a secret except for family and close friends? Entirely reasonable question.

            2. If so, is she still lesbian? Entirely reasonable question.

            3. If so, is she a trans lesbian? Another entirely rational question.

            My goodness, don’t ever think of raising child, Stuart, or being a teacher. People are entitled to ask rational questions.

            “Hush! Hush! No questions aloud! Mustn’t TALK about it!”

            How Victorian.

            Nikki Sinclaire clearly WANTS people to talk about it.

  5. The good news is that I don’t think her past will prevent Miss Sinclaire getting into the cabinet. The bad news is that I believe her decision to belong to the obscure We Demand A Referendum Now party, will prevent her getting into the cabinet.

  6. Ass hole transgender and supporting bigots. Go to hell

    1. first of all she is european, not uk, trans parliamentarian and unlike polish or kiwi trans mps who got there by being open about their trans status she’s right wing nutter and a fraud

    2. Thank for taking the time off from your duties at mensa James, your incisive intellectual comments have really added to the comments page.

      1. It’s as good as you deserve. A trans ukip supporter must be a complete Cnut. Just because she’s trans dosent automatically make her a decent person. She supported these bigots to encourage the casual racism that is now part of society. Even labour are starting the attacks on Roma people. We should be ashamed.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Nov 2013, 4:06pm

    Hmmm, UKIP a fringe party of racists and bigots and a lot of disaffected right wing Tory loons. She wasn’t aware when she willingly joined it?

  8. A really nice looking Woman and I’m pleased she has the courage to “come out”. I wish her well in Politics but UKIP?

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 17 Nov 2013, 7:02pm

      Beautiful, dear Angela_K ! So many people don’t understand what gender identity and sexual attraction really means.( I’m not judging from these comments ! ) That a persons attraction do not change ’cause of reassignment surgery. I feel this woman is a nice and positive person ! Good Luck to her from Norway !

      1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 18 Nov 2013, 9:32am

        I haven’t the faintest knowledge about UKIP. I just think her personality is lovely-

        1. when did u meet her?

          1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 18 Nov 2013, 7:07pm

            5 weeks ago !

          2. Helge Vladimir Tiller 18 Nov 2013, 7:16pm

            And —I’m a psychic.

    2. This was not exactly a secret, but good for her being open about her gender and honest after all the fuss about her sexuality. I actually like her but not her politics.
      Can’t understand anyone with her experiences supporting UKIP and its policies in the past or now. At least she saw the light and left.
      Kathryn

  9. Transphobia abounds it seems. So much for a united LGBT community. Some of the comments here are appalling.

  10. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Nov 2013, 8:07pm

    Delusional if she thinks a referendum on leaving the EU by 2015 is doable when Cameron has already said repeatedly it will be in 2017. I very much doubt if it will succeed now the corporate sector and middle to smaller business are in favour of staying in which is about employment and the economy. The EU is the UK’s largest trading bloc. Leaving it would mean higher tariffs on imports and harder to export goods to the rest of the EU. Nobody wins that one, not even the government and the losers will be workers and the economy. Where will all those investment Euros in the UK come from if we leave? We’ll end right back where we started, the UK, the sick man of Europe. Who wants to go back to that which is where UKIP would take us. Utter lunacy.

  11. I don’t like her politics one bit, but good for her

    1. why, because is is trans???

  12. postopgirl 18 Nov 2013, 9:47am

    She isn’t going to be a parliament MP there is no way this racist, homophobic, transphobic political party is ever going to get into government, what planet are people on if they believe that UKIP will ever form part of any coalition, I hate UKIP, the BNP and the EDL, they are all the same after all, so I won’t be losing any sleep over their vile policies, as for Nikki, its been well documented she was a transsexual for years, its been no secret, she is a nice woman at heart, but must be deluded thinking she can change a party whose history is based on incorrect attitudes and assumptions on race, europe, transsexuality, sexual orientation and disability.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 2:46pm

      Well, one disturbing piece of news in the Guardian today revealed that wealthy former Tory donor and businessman Paul Sykes is donating £1 million to UKIP to buy votes in the next election which could well produce one MP in the Commons in 2015.

  13. She deserves utter contempt for aligning with am extremist homophobic party. Is she mentally ill? How could she be a member of a party that hates her?

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 12:36pm

      A mega dose of Stockholm Syndrome is what it’s all about.

  14. So Nikki Sinclair isba racist and a homophobe.

    She is scum.

  15. In an ideal world, her gender and sexuality would be of no relevance to anyone. Her policies, opinions and her ability to represent those who vote for her should be all that matter.

    And based on that, and like others, I do find it rather strange that any transgender, gay, lesbian or bisexual person would choose to involve themselves with what is essentially a right-wing party.

    While UKIP was supposed to be primarily based on challenging involvement in Europe, it attracted a core of former BNP lunatics and fascists who believe Daily Heil headlines (mainly because they can’t actually read the articles or don’t have the intelligence required to separate fact from bullsh*t).

    So, I guess what I’m saying it, well done her for managing to get as far as she did without making this an issue, but shame on her for associating herself with a group of dangerous bigots and right-wing lunatics. As the politics are more important to me than her gender or sexuality, that’s what I would focus on.

  16. TheKitten801 18 Nov 2013, 2:57pm

    It’s amazing that she decided to come out as a transgender woman.
    I very respect people who are not afraid of being themselves.

  17. good for her…though it shouldn’t matter…it’s good she came out so other transgender people know there is someone that is on their side regarding policies
    http://getoffmydress.blogspot.com/2013/11/buff-n-puff.html

    1. Except, she isn’t really on the side of other trans people regarding policies. She is to trans rights what gay Tories are to gay rights: A puppet to condone limited rights. Having rights legislation brought in by the right wing is an awful prospect, and there is so much to criticise about the marriage bill. Given the damage it has already done to trans rights, I can’t imagine how appalling updated legislation for gender recognition under a right-wing government would be (it’s already bad), but you can bet Nikki Sinclaire would be supporting it, and her presence would be used to give legitimacy to it despite other trans people objecting.

  18. What do readers see when they view the new Al Wakrah Stadium in Qatar, I wonder!

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/nov/18/qatar-accidental-vagina-stadium-al-wakrah-world-cup-stadium

    (No, no! No, I do NOT see a vagina! It isn’t a vagina! Hush! Don’t dare say it!)

    Strewth, we don’t half have some Victorian aunts on these threads!

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