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British tabloid launches vile transphobic attack accusing trans people of ‘ruining the innocence of childhood’

Meka Beresford January 11, 2018
Human rights

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A columnist for the Daily Express has launched a vile transphobic attack on the trans community in which he accuses trans people of tightening it’s “demented grip on our society”.

Writer Leo McKinstry wrote the scathing attack after being outraged that a Grammar school for girls had decided to no longer use the term “girls” when referring to the school collectively.

Protesters gather in front of the White House on July 26, 2017, in Washington, DC. Trump announced on July 26 that transgender people may not serve "in any capacity" in the US military, citing the "tremendous medical costs and disruption" their presence would cause. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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McKinstry wrote that the gender-neutral language was part of a “growing pattern of transgender madness”.

In the damning piece, he wrote that this pattern was thus “destroying the rights of women, ruining the innocence of childhood and making a mockery of biological science”.

In fact, transgender rights and equality are actually improving the rights of women. Trans women are finally being recognised, and despite the plight of TERFs, more and more trans activists are fighting for equality for all women.

The “trans ideology”, as McKinstry calls it, is also giving more rights to children as we’re moving away from a culture that enforced gender stereotypes and allowing children to be just that – children.

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 25: Demonstrators protest for transgender rights on February 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstrators were angry with President Donald Trumps recent decision to reverse the Obama-era policy requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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This is especially helpful for trans children who were previously forced to go through puberty and become someone who they were not.

McKinstry argued that the trans movement “smacks of cruelty, misogyny and bigotry” because it ignores cisgender (who are not persecuted for their gender) people, particularly women.

The most of the piece takes direct aim at trans women as McKinstry raises the rhetoric of private changing spaces and bathrooms.

He writes that allowing trans women to use women’s facilities is a “masculine invasion” and “nothing more than a licence for perverts”.

However, he fails to acknowledge what severe impact trans men would have by using male facilities – because there is none, and surprisingly trans people are not inherently perverts.

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 03: Demonstrators protest for transgender rights with a rally, march through the Loop and a candlelight vigil to remember transgender friends lost to murder and suicide on March 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The demonstration was sparked by President Donald Trumps recent decision to reverse the Obama-era policy requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The transphobic attack continues to attempt, and fail, to make arguments about how transgender “lunacy” is a “threat” to women’s sports.

The journalist finishes by claiming that in ten years “a host of transgender people will begin to regret the way they were pushed into life-changing surgery”.

On a final blow out statement that is utterly horrifying, McKinstry tries to claim that trans people getting treatment will be seen as one of the “biggest abuse scandals in history” that would be “far bigger than anything recently seen in the Sir Jimmy Savile saga”.

McKinstry in one of a number of British tabloid columnists who have published transphobic pieces in a desperate attempt for some attention.

The Times’ Janice Turner caused outrage after using a trans activist’s mental health to question young people’s claims of gender dysphoria.

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In the article that was published in November 2017, Turner wrote that being transgender was as destructive as anorexia, self-harm and disease.

The Mail on Sunday published an article about a trans man’s transition using his photos without his permission to attack trans equality.

Alex Bertie, a trans rights campaigner and YouTuber revealed that his photos had been used without his permission.

The photos showing Bertie at different stages of transition were used to illustrate an article titled ‘NHS pressured our kids to change sex’.

Bertie posted a photo of the article with the words: “Woke up to the @DailyMailUK [sic] using my pictures without consent to fuel their hateful anti-trans article. Disgraceful.”

(Twitter/AlexBertie)
(Twitter/AlexBertie)

“Transgender backlash as desperate parents accuse overzealous therapists of ‘blindly accepting’ children’s claims to have been born in wrong body,” reads the top line of the article.

Bertie later posted: “I’m FUMING.”

The chief executive of Stonewall recently said that the UK is unsafe for transgender people.

Referring to several backwards steps for trans people over the past year, Ruth Hunt slammed the UK as “unsafe, unwelcoming and frightening place for trans people”.

“Britain is at an absolute crisis point in how it treats trans people,” she said.

Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt
Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt

In a fiery HuffPost article, the LGBT charity’s CEO wrote that “Britain is no longer considered a safe part of the world for trans people to live in.

“We know from recent Stonewall research just how bad things are if you are trying to get on with your life as a trans person in Britain today.”

A Stonewall-backed study earlier this year found that more than four in every five trans schoolchildren have self-harmed.

And nearly half of trans kids have attempted suicide.

Hunt pointed to the fact that “in the last 12 months, two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident.

“Every day, trans people continue to be mocked, excluded, bullied and attacked, simply for existing.”

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