Queering the NSPCC? FINAL

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

After looking at the ChildLine Content on Porn;  I was moved to examine their other content.  I focussed specifically on LGBTQ+ content and you can find these blogs all headed Queering the NSPCC.

In summary the Lesbian content is extremely limited.  Where two females are included the word Lesbian seems to be verboten.  Even the Gay males, who do get more coverage, seem obliged to reference the fluidity of their sexual orientation, identify as Queer  but avoid any expression of an, exclusively, same sex orientation.

Here is a summary of their content and how much time it devotes to sexual orientation.  I have been very generous in assigning the label Lesbian to the two I cover here.  They are clearly female couples but do not mention the word Lesbian.   Two of the posts left me in doubt about the sexuality of the interviewees.  Asexual, we are told, covers 1% of the population and yet is given two YouTubes. Trans coverage is given 21% of the content and all the LGBTQ+ invariably foregrounds the T.   The content for Gay males is higher but many pay lip service to the idea of Gendered Attraction, as opposed to being confident in proclaiming their exclusive sexual attraction to biological men.

Here is a spreadsheet of all the content with some notes, where appropriate.  NSPCC Content

Below the NSPCC endorses controversial charity Mermaids which advocates for “Trans Kids”, campaigns for earlier medical intervention, and suggests children struggling with Gender Identity issues need to be safeguarded from parents.  Mermaids think any parent who fails to agree  their child is #BornInTheWrongBody is abusive and places their child in danger of suicide. They do this by referencing extremely dubious statistics. 👇  Suicide in the Trans Community

Do the NSPCC also agree with this characterisation of, parents of kids with Gender Dysphoria, as abusive if they dont’ medicalise?  Their content is replete with the notion that sex  is merely “assigned at birth” and they are confident signposting children to Mermaids.

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They are also meeting with Stonewall. Once a venerable advocate for Gay rights. Now in total thrall to the Trans Lobby. Peter Wanless is the head of the NSPCC and Gender Identity Ideology has been peddled to vulnerable kids on his watch. 👇

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I also had a delve into any content about women’s rights and unearthed this content.  Even in content about women we are obliged to pay homage to the idea of Self-Identifying Women/Men. Abject nonsense about “people with periods”.

Queer Theory in Practice.

The NSPCC have also received some media coverage today for a Nude Family Swim which is an event at Waterworld in Stoke.  Apparently the NSPCC were involved in developing the Safeguarding policy.   I wish we lived in a world where childhood innocence was protected but it is naive to, implicity,  endorse activities such as these 👇

Archive link to the article https://archive.is/3oJcl

I doubt I would have been moved to look at the NSPCC were it not for the responses they issued to people raising concerns about some disturbing social media activity by one of their employees.  Full Story is below.

This story of James Making, a former employee,  of the NSPCC until he was eventually Let Go is illustrative of how far this charity has lost its way,  James  was responsible for the short-lived role of Munroe Bergdorf, a trans activist, at the NSPCC. He then became known for more notorious activities at his place of work.   This one story ought to have been a wake up call for the NSPCC but I fear they are unable to change course.  I include this woeful tale because it is indicative of how the adoption of Gender Identity Ideology and the obsession with LGBTQ+ has clouded the Charity’s judgement.  When you make any community into a modern day “Priest class”  your critical faculties become dimmed.

James Making & Munroe Bergdorf

I began to look at the NSPCC following an incident involving an employee who clearly stated his employer on his Social Media accounts. He then posted footage of himself masturbating, in leather fetish gear, at work.  Not content with this he added a clear statement that he was doing this at a Children’s Charity.  Clearly  this detail about the context was intended to  further  titillate  his audience.

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James was the NSPCC employee responsible for hiring a Transgender model/ activist as an advocate for the charity.  Munroe had previously lost other roles after previous social media activity came to light. L’oréal, The Labour Party & the BFI were three such roles. Once the NSPCC post was announced the public backlash began. Munroe presents a highly sexualised image of what they believe to be female presenting. Potentially more worrying were public invitations for troubled children to contact them directly. As many people pointed out this showed a naïveté about safeguarding children. The model had posed for playboy, and solicited messages from “transkids

The unsuitability of this role model is amply illustrated here 👇

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Munroe also posted some invitations for children to contact them directly, via social media, in an ill-advised approach to #ChildSafeguarding.

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The NSPCC dispensed shed with Munroe’s services, not without a hint of denial about their role, despite having publicly announced it.9DC38320-6DF6-4796-909C-A024FC5CEE2A

Later they would issue a grovelling apology, to Munroe, for the manner of the sacking.

Here is the statement  👇

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When the masturbatory antics of Mr Making were revealed the NSPCC’s Immediate response, astonishingly, was to berate people for raising concerns! It also accused them displaying homophobia and attacking their staff. Other high profile Guardian writers joined in 👇

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So let me reiterate. A man was posting, publicly, video of himself masturbating on the premises of a Charity, whose remit is to protect children. Observers had no means of determining his sexuality, His actions were raising  red flags all over the place.🚩

You can read more on this, by Jo Bartosch here

Here are a couple of clips from that article and one (censored) from the post made by Mr Making.

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The NSPCC remained silent for some time until it emerged that the employee had been sacked.

The  NSPCC openly proclaims  that it’s priority is their  LGBTQ credentials.  My reading of their content shows they are committed to the Q at the expense of the rights of people who fought to gain legal protections for their sexual orientation. 5772232A-D7CD-451C-8453-76F7387F46EF

Lesbians?  Not so much. 

Queering the NSPCC? Part 10: Heteronormativity

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

What does Heteronormativity & Heterosexuality mean?

This episode features an interview with Calum McSwiggan who we met earlier in Queering the NSPCC? Part Three.   

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Calum is a Gay male, here he is in conversation with Beckii, a young woman whose sexuality is not made explicity.  Here they team up to  teach us the meaning of “heteronormativity” and “heterosexual”.  

You can watch it Here

You can read a transcript here: Challenging Heteronormativity Child Line

First off.  Its not a bad idea to challenge assumptions that *everybody* is heterosexual.  There is every chance a kid who doesn’t perform sex sterotypical behaviours is not heterosexual.  I don’t propose to expound on whether this is hard-wired, #BornThisWay, or nurture. It is, however, one of the earliest signs a kid  will grow up Gay. This early sign allows parent’s, like me, to signal acceptance in a number of ways.  For me, I always talked about futher relationships in terms of “she” or “he” so  my son knew this was perfectly acceptable and supported by his parents.  So, on the face of it, challenging heteronormativity is no bad thing. FAE142C7-A39A-499F-97EB-EFE351DB8958

The conversation explores the impact of  expectations of heterosexuality on kids who have a sense they are different /  don’t conform to gendered expectations for their sex.  One of the main concerns with this topic is the conflation of  early signs of future homosexuality with being “trans”.  The interviewer  does this early on with the statement below. Here an effeminate boy,  or a masculine female, immediately calls into question, not just their sexuality, but their sex/trans status.  It is this way of thinking that can have a disastrous impact on the gay community.  What could be more “heteronormative” than equating same sex orientation with the idea that you may just be “trans”.  If an effeminate boy, attracted to males,  is really a woman does that not make him straight?  Is this not the ultimate in elevating the new version of heterosexual as the “norm”?4F4C37FE-E4DE-4A4E-92B0-5DD4154DC28F

 Calum continues the theme. “We’re brought up in a society where you are kind of expected to be cisgender, you are expected to be heterosexual”.  What he fails to see is that Gender Identity ideology  puts a massive question mark over the sex of, gender non-conforming, Gay males and Lesbians. Even  though we know this behaviour is one of the earliest clues  someone may grow up homosexual, we are offering the alternative narrative they may be #BornWrong.  How is that progress?

I have written about this many times here is one piece  The Woke Gay Conversion Therapy?

I have also written about a project funded by the Government Equality Office which illustrates how this approach is being used in Primary Schools. That Equaliteach Project

Another common theme, on my blog, is the impact on child safeguarding.  Anyone following my work will know I have a Gay son who also has Gender Identity issues.  As a school boy he did not use girls spaces. (He still doesn’t).  His circle of friends was wholly female.  When sleepovers became a feature, of these friendships,  he was excluded.  His exclusion was the parents prerogative. It was never driven by unkindness. They had daughters and they did not know my son. We both respected the parent’s decisions.  He was included in one sleepover and he was delighted. The parents knew him and it was their decision.  I am not going to lie, I secretly had a bit of a cry when he was invited.  However an individual invitation should not translate into blanket inclusion. It  should not be a default expectation. (Fun fact. He was 11 and those, sugar and spice, girls sent him home with manually pierced ears!) 

Anyway, I digress, Gemma here doesn’t get #ChildSafeguarding and, by extension, neither do #ChildLine .  This is not about heteronormativity it’s about girls’ rights to set boundaries and not to be shamed about necessary exclusions.  👇D38104D1-0537-4C00-9AAF-D524C5C023C1

Again one of the central difficulties is that we are telling people that you can neither tell anyone’s sexuality or gender by the way they present themselves.  This is problematic for all sorts of reasons, and not true, wholly, in either case. Gaydar is a thing and thank goodness it is for the dating ability of Gay Males and Lesbians.  Detecting biological sex is also hard-wired and doesn’t change because of the massive strides in surgical mimicry. 
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I watched two gay men discussing this on Arty Morty’s youtube.  Duncan, a gay man, tells a tale about identifying the one other gay man in a nightclub before either of them were out.  Calum here is being disingenuous. 
 
Closely followed by Gemma who extends this to deny we have any ability to correctly “gender” people.  Er. We can sex them though!B9E652E0-DC02-4CF5-B1D9-AEA4C8E80B53
 
This is duplicitous stuff.  We don’t just detect sex for mating purposes. Women detect males because it has a huge impact on how we manage our safety in certain settings.  This ideology tells us a) that  it is bigotry to recognise biological reality b) tells us we have to accept bearded males as females and even lesbians!  Cue Alex Drummond.
Stonewall Ambassador! 👇

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Alex has delivered school talks about being a Lesbian!  This is Gaslighting!

I too would like to see some understanding of different sexualities and family structures.  The fact remains that most people live in heterosexual couples. It cannot be beyond our wit to make sure that children know there are different family structures. Not all of the children will end up in heterosexual relationships. I have no objection to this being signalled, even in primary school. This would allow  chidren who may already have pre-sexual, innocent crushes, on the same sex, feel “normal”.  We don’t have to wage a culture war on heterosexual norms just because heterosexual relationships are the majority. 

You will not achieve acceptance for one sexuality if you attack another’s as somehow “invalid”.   It really isn’t a good tactic.   The sex denialism in Gender Identity Ideology is unmoored from biological reality and sexual desire.  There is a conflict with the protection of women’s rights to sex segregated spaces and the right to be exclusively same sex attracted.   The sooner politicians and Gay Rights Activists wake up to this the better.

We risk reversing progress made over 30 years! 

 
 

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Queering the NSPCC? Part 9: Asexuality

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Coming out as Asexual! 

The NSPCC/ChildLine content manages to have two young women who come out as Asexuals.   Their content seems to have no space for Lesbians/Gay males unless a) they don’t mention the word Lesbian b) they identify as Queer and acknowledge the fluidity of sexual attraction.  Yet this niche identity (asexual)  is given two out of the 24 videos on  LGBTQ+ content. 

Here is a transcript which covers both videos: Asexuality on Childline Yasmin and Amelia

You can watch them  here: Yasmin  and Amelia here. 

Yasmin talks us through the trauma of multiple exits from the closet and the need to educate the bemused recipients of the asexual  announcements.  People have a lot of controversial opinions about Yasmin’s experience and seem a tad confused.   I am not sure what Yasmin has, or has not, done to generate this confusion.  Apparently ChildLine seem to think this is a pressing issue to cover so they have helpfully signposted more content on asexuality to clear up any confusion. B3969325-E344-49AB-BA01-42AA750A4C4A

Amelia tells us that she also got confused after all the interrogation,  oops reasonable questions, that came her way.  This is the logical conclusion of the Queer take-over of, once venerable, Gay Rights organisations.  Pretty much everyone fits under the  Queer umbrella these days. These new identities are an insult to the very real fight to get legal protections for Sexual orientation.EB5A5874-5666-48B6-9B43-68C0CEF57DA7  

Another recurrent feature of the ChildLine content is the reckless promotion of YouTube content.  Narcissists are ten a penny on YouTube. They make their money by attracting viewers, likes and sensational/ pseudo edgy content. For many of them this is their bread and butter and the content is carefully curated to stay relevant.   Not once, in all the LGBTQ+ content, on the ChildLine YouTube,  do they offer any words of caution about the content providers they profile.  It is reckless to use Social Media Influencers in this way.  Their raison d’etre is not Child Safeguarding, it’s maintaining audience, influence  and revenue. This is not compatible with what SHOULD be the aims of ChildLine/NSPCC. 

Yasmin’s contribution is, however, nothing compared to the self-absorbed contribution from Amelia. Adolescents, or immature adults, setting themselves up as self-appointed experts, are simply not equipped to give good advice to children /teens.  Amelia is also asexual.  Below is a long excerpt to give you an idea of the word salad being dished out to gullible children.  What a load of (Judith) Butler Bollox. 👇👇

Obfuscation masquerading as Education!

So, asexuality like a lot of things to do with gender and sexuality, is something of a spectrum. Asexual is an identity on it’s own, but it’s also an umbrella term or, erm, like  a spectrum term for a wider group who have similar experiences. There’s demisexuality and grey-asexuality or greysexuality, and these are both identities that fall under  the asexual umbrella. Demisexuality is somebody who doesn’t experience sexual attraction until there’s a strong emotional bond formed. And this isn’t the same thing as like waiting till marriage or something. It’s about not feeling sexual attraction until you are entirely comfortable with someone.”

I predict a great career in Academia for Amelia. Watch out Sally Hines! The next generation is snapping at your heels.

Here is Amelia on Grey-sexuality. I am almost too bored to attempt to define grey-sexuality/grey-asexuality. Seems some people, who fall under the “ACE” umbrella, experience little or no sexuality. Even when they do experience it they may not be able to summon the energy/ inclination to act up on it. This might describe every mum with a new baby / toddler but we just called it “knackered” .

In another revealing quote Amelia seems unable/unwilling to give an honest reflection on what underpins SEXual attraction. In the world of multiple “Gender Identities” , it is an unpardonable offence to acknowledge biological sex. Here is Amelia on sexual attraction 👇Can’t say I have ever fallen in love with a voice but I am sure there is a sexual identity, to cover this, on its way. We could nominate Louis Armstrong for this one.

Lest you confuse asexuality, with people not having sex, Amelia is careful to explain that some asexual people do have relationships and sexual relationships, presumably in an asexual way. Fair play to anyone who can sustain a libido faced with this level of self-absorption!
Do not let our legislators accept this absolutely incoherent ideology as a basis for law.

Fuck The Wokerati; The Surrendered Polyamorous; The Don’t Fuck Me Pumps wearing; The Educate Yourself crowd have destroyed any joy in sexuality. Of any orientation or none.

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Queering the NSPCC? Part 8: Sexual Identity and Gender Identity

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Steph on Sexuality and Gender Identity. 

This is a companion piece to my previous blog on content by ChildLine. I was curious to look at what content kids would encounter if they followed Steph on their main account.  You can read the previous blog, on Steph here.   

For those of us with  children, caught up in this, it is really important to understand the evolution of this ideology and how it has been fostered in our young.   ChildLine, as it turns out, is relentless in peddling Gender Ideology, under the badge of LGBTQ+ content.  Our same sex attracted youth are therefore getting signposted to Transgender content, relentlessly,  as I hope I have shown in this series on the NSPCC. 

Steph has been given a public platform to explain their experience of being Transgender. I have expressed my misgivings about ChildLine using Social Media influencers in this way. They  may be able to control the content on their channel (which is,  in my view, bad enough) but where is the  due diligence on content only be a few clicks away?  Curious or confused children/teens will explore the content of the contributors. 

This is a transcript; which is based on various vidoes on Steph’s YouTube channel: Steph Kyriacou discusses sexuality

This is a public figure, by virtue of the NSPCC/ChildLine connection, and their own social media presence.  It is important that people are able to examine the thought processes underpinning Gender Identity Ideology.  Put crudely this is the idea some people are #BornInTheWrongBody. I regard this generation of Social Media advocates as victims of the same ideology using them as mouth pieces.  I have nothing but compassion for the young women, and men, caught up in this belief system.  However those in Senior roles, at the NSPCC, are entirely culpable for the, uncritical, dissemination of Gender Identity Ideology, to vulnerable children/teens. 

Am I bisexual? 

First up are some quotes from this YouTube video from August 2019. Am I bisexual? 

In this post, Steph acknowledges a struggle to accept their same sex attraction when they identified as a Lesbian.  Now, a post Testosterone, post double mastectomy, self-identified man, they find themselves also attracted to “men” and struggling to come out.  

So, we have a clear acknowledgment they struggled to accept their same sex attraction. There is a rather moving post about how their, Greek Orthodox, grandparents accepted them coming out as a Transgender man. Yet no parallel “coming out” story, as a Lesbian, to relatives,

A later clip from that same video explains that Steph is now struggling to accept their attraction to “men”. They made this announcement on Bi-Visibility Day. Multiple “coming outs” are a feature of many of the young Social Influencers who’s content seems mainly driven adopting new “identities”. or Sexualities.

Trans Firsts!

Here is some of Steph’s content, from September 2018, on Trans Firsts: https://youtu.be/7v6E1gkVFtU

Influenced by YouTube content, Steph went ahead and bought their first binder. In secret. Without telling another soul. Bearing in mind that the NSPCC is promoting this YouTuber and it only took me a couple of clips to access all Steph’s on line content. Other low points are a product review for “packers” i.e. a prosthetic penis which, they advise their younger viewers, are available from Sex Shops. Below is another common occurrence. The YouTubers often reference other prominent “trans guys” and how much influence they had on their own “journey”.

Dating as a Trans Guy!

Next up, also from September 2018, is a post on Dating as a Trans Guy: https://youtu.be/D0ezulmqhvg

Here are some quotes. I had to condense some of the comments but the original content is linked above so you can see I have not distorted the intent.

An unexpected development, as Steph explains, is the change to their, perceived, dating pool since coming out as a man.

I will return to the above interpretation in an earlier YouTube, by Steph.

Here Steph re-calibrates who is expected to be in their dating pool. Before identifying as a man heterosexual females were accepted as being off limits. Steph listed the multiple ways females are now identifying. Lesbians, Pan (sexual) girls, bi (sexual) girls, queer girls etc. However Steph always believed “straight” girls were off limits, until they were a “Man”.

Unlike the many male, often fully male-bodied, “Lesbians” ; who feel entitled to be in a Lesbian dating pool, Steph, now embraces? accepts? being excluded by females who are attracted to females.

This would almost be a refreshing change, if Trans-Identified males accepted their exclusion from Lesbian dating pools. What is absolutely heart-breaking is a same sex attracted female doing a reverse #CottonCeiling and prioritising their gender identity over their sex, and sexual attraction.

Steph, in this video, has a revelation about the new inclusion of straight girls in their dating pool. Its astonishing how dismissive this movement is about sexual orientation whether gay, lesbian or hetereosexual. The tone in which the “whatever, you do you, date whoever you want” has a, not so subtle, under-current of disdain for the bigotted, dick loving, straight girls.

Guess what Steph? You don’t get to decide who includes you in their dating pools. You might well find yourself excluded from Lesbian dating preferences. They love women and you are in flight from your sex and, seemingly, your sexual orientation. Personally I would exclude any male who remains heterosexual but wishes to identify as a woman. I don’t want anyone in flight from their sex in my sex life! Or anyone who fetishises my own sex, but that’s a different story.

Drunk Chat : Two Trans Guys!

Next up is from March 2017. https://youtu.be/aF-PCVqUV68 Steph and another “trans guy” are having a bit of a drunk chat about some of their social experiences and being mis-identified. I assume the intermittent burping is based on an assumption that this is what boys do? (I mean, they might but it looks a little bit performative to me…) . This video explicity tells you that you can try to teach a “Cis-Person “the right way of thinking”. Yes they really did say this. If the Cis-Person doesn’t learn and respect your identity then, apparently, you can tell them to Fuck Off! I don’t think there is any self-awareness that redefining the rest of the population as “Cis” is hardly a marker of respect for who we are….Just ARE. Not something we identify as….

This was what triggered the backlash against the Cis Community.. Somebody mistook them for Lesbians and Women. Oh The HORROR!

Coming Out via a Revolving Door!

Next up is from January 2017 and is a retrospective review of Steph’s , multiple, coming out stories. https://youtu.be/HZLKBjxzkB8

Steph had crushes on girls but did not really understand this was what they were. At age 16 they started to get asked questions from their friends about their sexuality. Friends began asking them if they were “bisexual” . Steph, at this point, is adamant that they were in fact straight. This was a very emphatic statement no doubt reflective of the lack of acceptance, in her school that Steph highlights.

Here Steph acknowledges her struggle to accept her Lesbian sexuality at age 16. This is still such a difficult time for young people; who can be aware of being different long before understanding their sexual orientation. While Stonewall are busy, chasing the Trans Dollar, they are ignoring the homophobia, which never went away. It is still incredibly difficult to come to terms with same sex attraction. Those of us with gay offspring know this. We would have welcomed better sex education in school to foster acceptance of different sexual orientations. However this opportunity has been squandered because of the nefarious inclusion of “Gender Identity Ideology”. The new sex education is actively harmful for our gay youth. I would go to prison before I would accept the compulsory indoctrination of our kids in Queer Theory. Here is some research on the negative impact of homophobia on Gender Identity.

Homophobic Bullying & Gender Identity

As you can see above. Steph followed a familiar path in first identifying as Bisexual and then finally acknowledging their exclusive sexual attraction to females. HALLELULAH!

It did not last long, sadly. Steph gives us a detailed, if somewhat convoluted, explanation about ditching the label Gay Woman to identify as non-binary. This was a stepping stone to identifying as Queer; because if you don’t identify with either sex how can you be homosexual?

Next up in the mulitple identity disorders, Steph finally identifies as a Trans Man.

As Steph says, they have come out multiple times over the period of six years. The final irony is, in order to embrace their same sex orientation, they identify as a man attracted to other men. It turns out this includes transmen. Hey presto. You can identify as a gay man, keep your queer label and choose someone from the same sex as your partner. Turns out this is exactly what Steph did. Acknowledged their attraction to male, met a boy they liked. Boy then became their boyfriend. I had a look and the new boyfriend was another YouTuber, Nate, who is also a trans man.

We are through the looking glass.

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Queering the NSPCC? Part 7: Trans Identity

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Trans Identity :  Steph 

You can watch it here

You can read a transcript here Trans Identity Steph

Here Steph talks, to Cora,  about the need for Trans Visibility and the difficulties of being “trans” .  These were highlighted by a  list of perceived injustices and lots of instructions about how to be a Trans Ally.  The abuse that Steph relates is  focussed on being perceived  as female and treated  accordingly.  This is an important point. Recognition of biological reality is not a learned prejudice.  It’s hard-wired. It’s evolutionary.   It’s not akin to racial prejudice or other socialised bigotry.  It’s a basic recognition system.   This is how Steph defines transphobic behaviour. 👇

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The interviewer responds with statistical reports of how unsafe “trans” people feel at school. If this includes “misgendering” calling it abuse is a stretch. At this stage school children are not going to be on cross-sex hormones (normally) under the age of 16.  Hence females who wish to be recognised, as male,  are demanding we validate an identity at odds with biological reality/appearance. 

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Whilst many people argue we should just  #BeKind, because this is just  simple courtesy,  in reality we are asked for a lot more  than maintaining a polite fiction. The nature of these demands soon becomes more explicit. Steph regards sex segregated spaces as an affront to their identity.  Therefore they demand that the  privacy and dignity of both sexes should be sacrificed to appease  a tiny minority,  who feel at odds with their biological sex. I would suggest it is no accident that a member of the female sex is presenting this argument. We all know these arguments sound very different when the advocate is a pre-op male.  Once again #SexMatters and this is the reason  a female person, is frequently wheeled out  to demand that women & girls give up our boundaries. 

Steph is typical of proponents of Gender Ideology who constantly intones some version of “Educate Yourself” . We have heard this many times so guess what Steph? We did exactly that and what we learned did not reassure us. Not. One. Iota.

This is a rather gentle introduction which begins with a suggestion that any re-education begins gently.. but “and then if they refuse to listen, you can just block them”

It is well worth counting up how many times we are enjoined to educate ourselves; whilst being presented with incoherent narratives to explain what being Transgender encompasses. Some people may identify as male or female. Some identify as neither. Some move between male and female and are Gender Fluid. Some will have surgery and hormones, others either or neither. We are being asked to believe six impossible things before breakfast.

Not content with proselytising this ideology personally Steph also demands State sponsored “education” which inculcates children in Gender Identity Ideology.

In fact transgender guidance packs are being rolled out to most schools. Yet so many of them have been removed because they have been found to be unlawful, particularly around legal duties under the , legally, protected characteristic of Sex. It is concerning to see the NSPCC endorsing this ideology and completely ignoring the significant impact on the rights of girls.

Already Local Authorities have been forced to withdraw the guidance they have been placing in schools. Warwickshire, Cornwall, Shropshire, Barnsley are just a few of the councils who have withdrawn their guidance. This followed complaints/ Legal Challenge. Organisations like Safe Schools Alliance and Transgender Trend have been at the forefront of challenging this guidance. I have read multiple packs myself and wrote this blog about how they treat parents. Putting the Loco in Loco Parentis. Cannot stress enough to CHECK THE SCHOOL GUIDANCE.

Another striking , and worrying, aspect of the ChildLine YouTube are the alerts to what they believe is related /appropriate content.

Here Steph talks about being in an environment, where they are not respected and understood. The context is not honouring preferred pronouns and Gender Identity. What pops as suggested content? An article about suicide by another ChildLine Contributor. The use of the suicide narrative is a deeply problematic aspect of the campaigns for “Transgender Children’s” rights. I have written about this here. Suicide in the Trans Community

Here is another link to suggested content. 👇

We have already established the low bar for defining things as “Transphobic” but here ChildLine suggests content on dealing with “Hate Crime”. The afore-mentioned School packs on “Transgender Guidance” are also overly keen to badge benign comments as Hate Crimes and some even include a form to facilitate reporting staff and pupils to the police! In the guidance written for Cornwall the pack is even co-written with a serving Police Officer & Transphobia is highlighted as a crime! 👇

Here the ChildLine lines up more content on Transgender Issues. These signpost medical transition for non-binaries and one promotes access to Puberty Blockers.

I covered Alex Bertie and Charlie Martin, talking about Puberty in an earlier part of my series on NSPCC/ChildLine Content. On Steph’s personal YouTube account we learn it was Alex Bertie who first attracted Steph to binding their breasts. Alex Bertie was also promoting a specific brand , of binder, on their youtube account.

This content I also covered. Fox Fisher is a well known Trans Activist. Mr Lewzer is a trans-identifying female who has a following for comedic content; where they pose as their bearded mother. I know from my own offspring that Mr Lewzer’s content is very popular with Gender Confused teens.

My next piece will be a look at the belief system of this ChildLine contributor. The NSPCC seems to have a strategy of harnessing the Social Media presences of these young people. Unfortunately many of them have content that is deeply damaging to confused children /teens. Indeed many of the ones with Gender Identity Issues appear to have significant struggles of their own. Children are being directed to content which seems to immerse them in the topic. Nowhere does the NSPCC. raise concerns /flag that YouTube content is not always a reliable source. In fact, many of their interviewees sing the praises of YouTube content. This is not entirely surprising since many of them make money, even a living out of their content.

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Queering the NSPCC? Part 6: Pansexual

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

What does it mean to be Pansexual? 

This episode features an interview with Gemma here to educate us about pansexuality. 

You can watch it here

You can read a transcript Pan Sexuality Gemma NSPCC

As far as I can ascertain pansexual is a Woke version of bisexual designed to elide the “sex” in sexual and divorce it from sexual attraction. In the grand scheme of things this, I assume, makes no difference to bisexuals,  who are attracted to both sexes. Where it becomes problematic is the idea that same sex orientation (a legally protected characteristic in the U.K.) is somehow outdated and insufficiently inclusive of anyone of the opposite sex. It seems designed to mandate inclusion of anyone who has a “Gender Identity” at odds with their biological sex.   Anyone paying attention will know that activists frequently describe exclusive same sex orientation as “transphobic”.  See #CottonCeiling and, latterly #BoxerCeiling.  The creeping invalidation of exclusion, on the grounds of sex, has a particular resonance for the Gay community who have only recently, 2010 in the UK, achieved their legally protected status. 

The framing of the discussion is interesting. First of all Gemma explains what pansexuality means.👇 As you can see there are no exclusions from Genma’s dating pool. She includes everyone. Regardless of sex, or presentation. 96E0AD78-8CEF-41FB-8B78-293AE4FD1479

The next sentence  implies some moral superiority to Gemma’s stance with this glib statement. Gemma has an all-seeing ability to see beyond such superficial fripperies of biological sex to the essence of what a person is. Whatever that means!  The implication is that people operating a dating pool based on sexual orientation are somehow basing this on surface level judgements.  This is the subtle shaming at play. 

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This professed ability, expressed by a young woman, could merely be dismissed as the righteousness of naive youth. Unfortunately it has infected our body politic as demonstrated by Pansexual Layla, recent candidate for the Leadership of the Liberal Democrat’s and also a pansexual.  Here’s Layla on her stance on access to single sex spaces.  You can find this clip on Hansard (A written record of U.K parliamentary proceedings.)
 
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Next up Poppy repeats another fallacy; which is propagated relentlessly in this “debate”. The idea that science has discovered some new facts that prove Humans are not sexually dimorphic is pure propaganda. 
 
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Nothing has changed Poppy!  Except the emergence of an  ideology predicated on convincing society the shape shifting idea of “Gender” has to take primacy over Biological Sex.  Claire Ainsworth’s article is routinely quoted to argue that biological sex has been debunked, Here is what she had to say along with a similiar statement by Professor Curtis. 
 
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At the risk of repeating myself, here is the result of research into the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities in referrals to Gender Identity clinics.  They are not a statistically, significant feature and hence routine karyotype tests, to determine chromosomal abnormalities, were abandoned some years ago. 
 
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If anyone wants to know why “intersex” conditions or, Differences/Disorders of sexual development, figure so prominently in this discussion I cover it in this blog; based on the work of an autogynephilic (AGP)  transsexual.  The argument centres on a psychological need for AGP males to claim a biological basis for their condition, a sort of “intersex brain”.  It drove the diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria and is, in my view. key to understanding the landscape and the trans activists mind set. 
 
This is why young activists make nonsensical claims such as these 👇.  
 
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If it was just a bunch of young people spouting this, and it wasn’t influencing laws /public policy, I could be sanguine about the folly of youth.  I used to like the Bay City Rollers. Unfortunately this type of thinking is now widespread across our media and has a footing in every political party.  
 
So where did Gemma come across the term pansexual asks Poppy.  To no great surprise, here is her answer.   
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I will accept all and every criticism that I am being a bit ageist in my dismissal of Generation Gemma.  I am.  Gemma has a benevolent ageism  of her own going on.  After providing us with her understanding of the development of the nomenclature from bisexual to pansexual, Gemma offers a dispensation for anyone to choose which label suits them or to reject them all (How Generous!).  Though you may need to use the term bisexual to explain it to parents and grandparents because “I think it’s easier for them to understand and grasp”.  Gee, thanks for thinking of us! Is this what’s known as an unreaonable adjustment? Not patronising at all. 
 
No interview on this topic would be complete without reference to living authentically, bullying, and the need to keep safe. If anyone has any statistics the pansexual murder rate, do let me know. Gemma also recommends  joining your local LGBT group (I would avoid at all costs for any kid confused about their sexuality.).   ChildLine are also recommended, as you would expect.  If I have not convinced you to avoid like the plague, by now, one of us has failed. 
 

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Queering the NSPCC? Part Five: Trans Puberty Myths

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Trans Puberty Myths

This episode features an interview with Charlie Martin, who is an adult transitioner, YouTuber and racing driver. Alongside Charlie is Alex Bertie, who is also YouTuber who covered their transition on line.  

You can watch it Here

You can read a transcript here: Trans Puberty Myths

Right off the bat the intervewer uses the phrase “Gender assigned at birth”.  Once again!  Nobody is assigned a Gender at birth. Sex is observed and recorded. The number of people, where there is any ambiguity , necessitating an “assigned sex” is infinitesimally small. These are people with differences/disorders of sexual development (DSDs), sometimes referred to as Intersex. The latter nomenclature has fallen out of favour because it others sufferers as somehow outside of the sex binary. In fact the various conditions are all associated with either the male or female sex.

To provide further clarity it is important that people avoid confusing people with DSDs  with people who reject their birth sex. The rate of chromosomal abnormalities in the trans community is no more significant than in society at large. Research conducted, in the U.K. , resulted in the abandonment of Karyotype tests, to identify these conditions, in referrals to Gender Identity Clinics.. Quote below 👇. Full article  Here

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The interviewer commences by highlighting how puberty is worse for “trans” people. At face value this seems a reasonable assumption. Presumably, if you believe you are about to enter a “wrong puberty” it could  exacerbate pubertal distress, or, arguably, displace it.   I would have  liked to have seen more emphasis on the fact that struggling with a female puberty is hardly rare. Dealing with the onset of menstruation/ budding breasts is a difficult time for *ALL* females. It is perfectly normal to struggle with puberty and to feel at odds with your sexed body.  This cannot be over-emphasised. I have seen more than one de-transitioned female wish they had known this was something many other girls experienced. 

The interviewer is  also dangerously quick to highlight that blocking puberty is an option. Additionally, after this statement, 👇 they even highlight options to change GP if they are not sympathetic (acquiescent?) with  access medical intervention.  We are not talking about smarties here! This is a very serious medical intervention with irreversible consequences. 

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Neither Alex or Charlie had their puberty blocked,  Alex presents puberty blocking drugs  as something  you can simply stop taking and changes will resume. In fact virtually all children put on puberty blockers don’t go back, they invariably progress to cross sex hormones.  This is a medical experiment. We have never before blocked a natural puberty in its entirety.  

Both Charlie and Alex are keen to dispel any connection between your “gender” and your sexuality.  Both profess to be  fluid about their sexual orientation according to their YouTube channels. Alex presents an episode on whether they are Gay.  Starts off identifying as bisexual because they had dated males and females. They then  had a long relationship with a girl so identified as a Lesbian.  Once they discovered their trans identity they briefly identified as straight. They then reverted to bisexual until they discovered pansexual. (Attraction to all “genders” and more politically acceptable than implying sex plays a role in your attraction). Here is the YouTube:   Am I gay?

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Alex seems to have had one long relationship with another trans man i.e. a female.  Latterly, post testosterone & double mastectomy they report dating “cis guys” . Interestingly they seem to only lose the power of speech around an attractive girl.   Here is a link to their YouTube where  they talkabo ut their experience on Grindr, a dating site for homosexual males.  Alex reports having the  weird experience of being asked about their genitals by Gay men.  I remember the days when we used to think it was “weird” for females to assume gay men should include them in their dating pools.  Link here.  I’m Dating

Charlie Martin’s YouTube is similarly of a sexually fluid nature.  Pre-Sexual Reassignment surgery they report only being attracted to “girls”. Post SRS they report that their sexual encounters, so far, had been with males.  This is not uncommon in later transitioners with a background (and present) in stereotypically masculine pursuits. Early reports of validation by men flirting with Charlie, as a women, are not uncommon in this section of the Trans community.  There is a fine line between needing validation , as a woman, and re-orienting your sexuality around that need, Could that explain the fluid sexuality? 

The reiterated claim that gender is entirely disconnected from your sexuality suits a particular trans-narrative. 👇. It seems harmless until it challenges  same sex orientation and the idea that restricting your dating pool to your own sex is “transphobic” .  If you are unfamiliar with this idea search #CottonCeiling.  There used to be a straight male joke about really being a “Lesbian”. Sadly this is now a common feature on Lesbian dating apps who are awash with Zero Effort Trans “male Lesbians”. 

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There follows an interesting discussion about whether there is such a thing as male or female pursuits. Mermaids, a Trans Charity for children, has only recently disavowed the notion that toy preferences can indicate you may be trans. This idea does permeates Gender Identity Ideology.  You can read more about this here

Charlie tells us they had typical preferences for boys,  Alex tells us he only felt the need to reject anything considered “girly” to avoid sowing doubt about their “trans status” in their parents minds.  👇

As we all know Gender is largely a performance.  The stakes, however, are higher if you are permanently required to deny your sex and convince onlookers to play along with the illusion.  Charlie’s YouTube offers and interesting perspective from the point of view of a self-proclaimed “uber masculine” male and their journey to finding their female identity.  Well worth a look at their content to get some insight as to how “women” are assumed to feel.  Expect lots of references to make-up, shopping, and girly nights out complete with joint visits to the Ladies Loo! here

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Queering the NSPCC? Part Four: Queer Bodies

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

ChildLine Queer Bodies

This is the fourth in a series looking at ChildLine content and how it  promotes Transgender Ideology to children /teens. Gender Identity Ideology saturates their content. Some  examples are more egregious than others.  This interview 👇, for example, has some good content. It begins with a discussion about pressures on children / teens in the Queer community or LGBTQ+. The subject of the interview would appear to be a  Gay male (Roly) who formerly  identified as a twink  and now has moved on to identify as non-binary and Gender Fluid.

Here is the link to the youtube Link

Here is a transcript: Queer Bodies Alana and Roly

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Pressures on Gay Men

It begins well. The two discuss pressure on Gay men to  present as “preened and buff“.  Roly highlights an internal contradiction. He  finds these images appealing  whilst, simultaneously, acknowledging the pressure it generates. He is also  keen to point out that he doesn’t judge people on their bodies.  Nevertheless he felt drawn to identify as a twink because it best fits his body type.  One requirement of the twinkdom was to remain skinny and, Roly reveals, this did lead him into an eating disorder.  There is increasing research into eating disorders in gay men so this is an important point to make. We are much more aware of eating disorders in females, and too little attention is given to pressures on homosexual males.  If you are attracted to your own sex, who you find attractive may foster self-criticism  on how you measure up to your own erotic target. This is a particular pressure for same sex attracted males that is worthy of consideration.  If you are a femme gay male attracted to hyper masculine men, could  this pressure motivate  a retreat from identifying as male?  I would have liked to see that explored here.

Alana does, at least, recognise the existence of Lesbian women who, she suggests, “may feel she has to be a lipstick lesbian or a butch lesbian”.   Unfortunately marred by the preceding comment that these pressures co-exist with “trying to work out what your gender is” . My rejoinder is that  10 years ago this pressure didn’t exist!  It’s ubiquity, now, shows every sign of being iatrogenic, Endless content, such as this,  in the ChildLine youtube channel is fostering this disassociation from biological reality.

Segues into Trans Identity.

Thus, after a token consideration of the L & G,   the conversation moves on to claim  how much harder this is for Trans people. The remainder of the interview is all about the T.  This seems to be the standard trajectory, a nod to the homosexual community, quickly  followed by discussion diverting to yet more  Transgender Ideology.

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Non-Binary /Gender Fluid

Roly then informs us that he finds it difficult to accept that he is non-binary because he failed to have androgynous role models. Perhaps he should have dug a little deeper into the history of gay men and Gender Non-conforming women?  👇

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After he came out as Gender Fluid, he informs us, “people would look at me and be like but you look you’re a man and so it was a long long journey for me”.  A good therapist, at this point, would perhaps unpick what underpins this claim to be Gender Fluid.  It’s clearly not the way they present and nobody would interpret him as anything other than a biological male.

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ChildLine on YouTube

Another feature of these videos is how effusive the interviewers are about YouTube as a source for support and information. Roly is not alone in saying how much YouTube content helped him find role models.  The better approach would be to reference to how prominent YouTubers carefully curate their content to present an image to their subscribers. Their platform built on an identity and maintaining it can be vital to  continued revenue streams. Typically the Transgender content will be celebratory, not critical. A children’s charity should offer a more skeptical commentary on social influencers. Instead their marketing team seem to be have won the day and collaborations with social media influencers are commonplace.

Gendered Bodies?

Roly provides a rather messianic rant about the imposition of bodily expectations on cross-gendered identities.  Forget what you thought you knew about transsexuals. There is no longer any expectation, on people  who reject their biological sex, to make any effort to assimilate.  The expectations are now on society, to unlearn biological facts, to accept people for who they say they are.   Roly provides this advice/instruction for how to live in the New World Order.

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Again, for emphasis, Roly is here endorsing the idea of the Gendered Brain, The idea that Gender Identity exists in the brain,  This performs two functions that harm women. First it endorses the idea of #LadyBrain. Long used to explain why women are unsuited to certain job roles or positions of power. I am not a proponent of blank slate theory. I don’t dismiss some hard-wired differences, related to evolution. However women have always had to contest this area. to separate the science from the propaganda.  Here are two  books that cover this area.
 
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Maybe  our non-binary friend should have undertaken some reading before he posed this head scratcher.

 Without a shred of self-awareness this is what Alana thinks she has done with this interview.  

Teaching children not to obsess ❌. Teaching children to accept themselves ❌.  

Nope. This is exactly the opposite of what you achieved with this interview.

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ChildLine content is not fostering self-acceptance. It is contributing to the inculcation of Gender Dysporia, Bodily disassociative disorders and relentlessly pushing Gender Identity Ideology. I wonder if Esther Rantzen has had a look at it lately?

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Queering the NSPCC? Part Three: Coming Out Stories

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Lesbian Erasure?

ChildLine : Coming Out Stories

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In the third of my posts on the NSPCC, child protection charity, I looked at Coming Out Stories, involving three females and one male.  Callum is a gay male. One of the females identifies as assexual , one bisexual and , despite watching this, and transcribing it, I still don’t know what the final girl identifies as. 😳. This is a video about coming out and , as far as I can tell, Maja didn’t actually come out as anything!  What was noticeable was, out of the three females, not one came out as Lesbian. 

Here is a link to the youtube https://youtu.be/wzw6rGDMqX0

Here is a transcript: ChildLine Coming Out stories Transcription

First question is directed at Calum. He is given, by far, the most air time in this piece. He was aware of his sexuality at a young age and began talking about it, age 8. He soon realised his class mates were not receptive and retreated back into the closet until his early teens. When he did come out, to his parents, they had a hard time accepting it. Calum is thoughtful about his parents attitude and offers a generous interpretation of his parents attitude Whether or not his assessment is overly kind they did get over their misgivings and, thankfully, all is resolved with his family.

Next up is Amelia. Amelia is assexual. She explains that she didn’t realise this until other teenagers started talking about sex. At first, she claims, she thought they were just talking about sex because adults and people on the television were talking about it. When the penny dropped that they actually wanted to have sex she realised her identity. There’s a lot of giggling at this revelation. I am sceptical whether a teenage girl could be so naive about sexual desire but ,as they say, this is her, self-proclaimed, “lived experience”.

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Next up is Jenny. She came out as bisexual by casually dropping it into conversation with friends and family. The response, she says is basically “cool”. Only later, when the interviewer, Declan, probed for more negative reactions does she reveal less positive reception. Not abuse, just querying her claim to be a bisexual, whilst in a relationship with a heterosexual male. There’s a bit of baffled incomprehension that people can be so ignorant and Jenny, cue laughter, explains

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Next up is Maja. Her experience was that her family never assumed she was straight so she never really needed to come out. If you watch the whole thing you will find that she never actually comes out, in this video, either.

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The really positive thing about this video is that all seem to have had relatively easy times coming out (or not) to friends and family. Coming out, as not being into sex p, is a new one for sexual orientations. I suspect most parents would be sanguine about an assexual teenage daughter. It’s unlikely to be high on a list of fears for their daughters, Most of us likely expect a change of heart but that’s another matter.

Another notable feature of the interview is the need to elicit reports of negative reaction. Amelia, the assexual, does urge caution in coming out, in case of abuse or enforced homelessness. I don’t dismiss the vulnerability of sexual minorities to parental rejection, particularly those from some religious homes. I am not sure, however, there are any faiths which would cast you out for being assexual. However I remain concerned that the same may not be true for homosexual teens. Amelias listed the groups vulnerable to prejudice, when coming out, and included trans but didn’t reference Lesbians. Is it only Lesbian love which is the love that dare not speak its name?

Sexual Fluidity.

Maja proffers. another explanation for the lack of an explicit coming out. #SexualFluidity. This is a new narrative, which conforms to Gender Identity Ideology, that sexual orientation is not fixed. On one level letting young women have time to embrace their sexuality seems uncontentious but it does sit uneasily when Lesbians and, to a lesser extent, gay males are being told their, exclusive, Genital preferences are prejudiced and can be overcome. E72A1969-8727-451D-BB81-0FF417CB79B5

This interpretation of sexual orientation is further elaborated by Calum who shares a tale which also claims sexual orientation is not fixed. There is debate about the origins of sexuality , nature v nurture etc. However Gay Rights Activists gained protected status on the basis their sexual orientation was not simply a (lifestyle) choice. 👇

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Overall I am left with more than a vague unease that no Lesbians figure in these coming out stories. There also seems to be a worrying lack of confidence to claim an incontrovertible same sex orientation.

Stop Press 

Further to publishing this article I have been informed that the Calum, featured here, is a YouTuber in his own account. Notorious for faking this homophobic attack covered in this article https://attitude.co.uk/article/british-youtube-star-calum-mcswiggan-hospitalised-following-suspected-homophobic-attack/11201/

He was subsequently discovered to have made a false allegation https://www.washingtonblade.com/2016/06/29/police-say-gay-youtuber-faked-hate-crime/

I also had a look at his YouTube account and found some more interesting content https://youtu.be/ur46Kx8V7XA

Calum apologises for associating Men with Penises and Woman with Vaginas. He warns his audience that if you express disgust at vaginas you never know if the Gay Man next to you has a vagina. He further assures his audience that he would include them in his dating pool.

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.He also weighed in on the recent, manufactured, controversy after JK Rowling stated some basic facts about biology and same sex attraction.

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We need a new Gay Liberation Front. One unashamed to defend same sex orientation. Hence LGB Alliance.

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Queering the NSPCC? Part Two: What it means to be Transgender.

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ChildLine YouTube Content.

Following on from part one I began to look at how the ChildLine youtube account and noticed it was saturated in Trans Ideology.  Thus far I have not found any Lesbian content.  I am still working my way through and will post any content that validates actual, same sex attracted, Lesbians.  Yes, I know I should not need to clarify that same sex orientation involves biological sex.

Since 2006 ChildLine  is run by the NSPCC.  The NSPCC isn’t just any children’s charity. It is the only one with statutory powers to remove children from parents. This is enshrined in law to facilitate the removal of children from abusive parents. How the NSPCC decides  what constitutes abuse, matters.  The  NSPCC is so saturated in Queer Theory and the idea that children are #BornInTheWrongBody. What happens if the definition of abuse  covers parents who refuse to medicalise “trans-identifying kids?  Anyone watching what is happening in Canada will know this is not far fetched.  A Canadian father lost his battle to prevent his daughter accessing Puberty Blockers and Cross Sex hormones. His contact with his daughter has been, legally,  restricted to on-line interactions, for three years.  An initial judgement informed him that refusing to use preferred pronouns would be treated as “family violence”.   You can read the full judgement here

This clip is illustrative of how far parental responsibility is being undermined in Canada.  👇

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With this context in mind I decided to work through ChildLine content to see what our kids are learning from ChildLine.  This is the second post on this topic. The first covers what the NSPCC/ChildLine are teaching our children about porn.  Queering the NSPCC? Part One.

What it means to be Transgender?

The topic of this log is a ChildLine youtube  on What it means to be Transgender.  The interviewees were  Fox Fisher, who identifies as Non-Binary,  and Mr Lewzer who identifies as a transman. Fisher is a relatively well known trans activist who has appeared in NHS guidance, School Transgender packs  and in the media.  MrLewzer  is a Transman with a popular youtube channel.  Mr Lewzer has also appeared in NHS training guidance as provided by the Transgender Lobby group GIRES. (Gender Identity Research and Education Service) 👇

CD347791-2A23-486E-9488-633DDEAC9F41A link to the video, on YouTube  here.  (Backed up in case of revisionism)

Here also is a transcript transcription of ChildLine Fox Fisher Transgender

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The video begins with an attempt at a definition of what it means to be Transgender.  Fisher tells us that this means you don’t “feel connected to the Gender they were assigned at birth”.  Claiming that sex is “assigned” at birth is pure Trans Ideology. Sex is simply observed and recorded in all but an, infinitesimally, small number of cases.  For some people, born with disorders/differences in sexual development, it  may not be straightforward.  The baby may need chromosomal/ karyotype  tests.  Discussion of trans identity often conflates these very different issues.  There is no evidence that there is a significant correlation between people with DSDs and people with a Transgender Identity. Indeed, in the U.K., research was undertaken which resulted in the discontinuation of karyotype testing, at Gender Identity Clinics.  Source for this 👇 quote here

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Defining the undefinable

There’s lots more incoherent & inconsistent statements about “gender” . Gender is a spectrum between male and female; but some people don’t identify with either; and it’s really an individual choice.  Valiant attempts are made to separate “Gender Expression“ from “Gender Identity” but they all return to superficial signifiers like dress and hair. . Good luck codifying “Gender Identity” into law based on these  nebulous descriptions. Gender Identity is a faith based and subjective belief system.  Best stick with the fact that we are Sexually Dimorphic and reserve compassion for the tiny number of people with DSDs who genuinely need some specific accommodations.

Hallelujah!

Mr Lewzer explains that some people wish to modify their body but some do not. Mr Lewzer tells us It’s a misconception that hormones and surgery make you a man or a woman”

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Sadly this display of logic was short-lived.   In a further elucidation of the point we are told, regardless of any bodily modification, it is incumbent on the rest of us to accept a Self-identified gender. Acceptance without Exception!

Terminology.  Keep up!

Fox:  “I no longer use the term Female to Male. To me it implies that I was female. I think a lot of people find that problematic”.

Lewzer explains that they do use the term, MTF, for simplicity’s sake. Though they also add:

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Amy, the interviewer, helpfully explains that using the language of “ the community“ , is all about being “considerate of what other people feel”.   Tricky territory when this  clip  illustrates the acceptable language is contested even within the community.  The interviewer is also pushing a version of the #BeKind, faux-feminism that places the majority burden, and risk, on females, forced to affirm males as literal females. 

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Strategic Deployment of “Transmen”

It’s also notable that post-medicalised females are often centred in particular discussions. Testosterone packs a  punch on the female body so, Transmen are often “passing”. Whilst they don’t  typically, present a threat to biological males , in female spaces they are likely to disrupt a social norms. They may find themselves in no-mans land.  If women read you as male they will respond accordingly.  At best they will feel uncomfortable. Male To Female (MTF) are less likely to pass and will be coded male in female spaces.   Fox Fisher helpfully interjects to correct the, problematic terminology of “passing” . Apparently we should not use it  because some people don’t aspire to pass as the opposite sex.  Right.  Thus far it’s as clear as mud.

Amy follows up on her appeal to kindness and adopting trans terminology by demonstrating her willingness to ignore the female community.  Here she explains what Cisgender means, as if it’s an unproblematic definition . 89714988-12D9-48D4-A55B-6B2B29CF59CFIn fact many women reject the idea that we identify with our “Gender” which we see as  a collection of , culturally variable, sex stereotypes.  We don’t , necessarily, identify with our Gender. We simply are our Sex. My response to this is simply

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Celebrating Gender Non-Conformity?

Another worrying aspect of this piece is the idea that playing around with your “Gender” is a harmless part of adolescent development.   It is true that teenagers go through a period of personality formation; which can include conformity to, or rejection of, expectations for their sex. It is  normal to be experimenting with how to navigate this the bridge to adulthood. However it is only a recent phenomenon that this has involved considering, or, undertaking, medical pathways. That concretises adolescent playfulness in unprecedented ways.

Mr Lewzer explains how mum was persuaded things would be OK by showing her positive stories of Transitioners. “They looked good, they are happy and healthy and have relationships”. Yes! Mr Lewzer. This is the age of social media when people carefully curate their content  to craft a public persona.  Moreover the next statement is striking for what it leaves out.  Puberty Blockers have been given to children as young as 10, in the U.K. They invariably progress to cross sex hormones.  They are not a reversible intervention.  Confirmation from a Tavistock clinic . Britain’s main Gender Identity Clinic is covered here: TAVISTOCK PART THREE (A)

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Before I leave this post I want to refer to Fox Fisher’s statement about their own bodily distress. Fox tells us they felt a lot of shame about how they felt. “Throughout my teenage years I had not respect for myself, my body, or anything like that. I’d hate for any young person to have to go through that”.  There’s a glaring contradiction at the heart of this ideology.  It is built on bodily rejection, but dressed up as a person liberation and a route to become your authentic self.

The other elephant in the room is that Lesbians and Gay males are no stranger to performing “Gender” in ways that confound societal expectations.  Internalised homophobia can easily manifest itself as shame and bodily hatred.  I have written on this topic many times. The Woke Gay Conversion Therapy?

I want to leave you with Fox Fisher’s statement at a Mermaids summer camp. Youtube original removed but here is archived content.  Fox Fisher   (Worth watching the whole thing which defends 3 year olds knowing they have a Gender Identity that doesn’t match their sex and a court case in which  child was removed from the Mother who was deemed to be, inappropriately, fostering a Social Transition)

I  cannot imagine any other activist being allowed to express this sentiment  👇and remain associated with a charity which proclaims itself as an ally of the LGBTQ+

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Queering the NSPCC? Part One. WTF Porn!

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The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children dates back well over a century.  It was granted a Royal Charter, by Queen Victoria, in 1895.  The NSPCC is the only UK charity which has been granted statutory powers under the Children Act 1989, allowing it to apply for care and supervision orders for children at risk.  Childline, the charity founded by Esther Rantzen, became part of the NSPCC in 2006.

Here was the first piece of YouTube content, by ChildLine that kicked off my series on their content.  The content I look at here provides its audience (children & teens) with search terms for niche genres of pornography, some of which I had to look up and even then some remained obscure. The fact that a children’s charity, with a statutory role in Safeguarding, would provide a list of Adult search terms for Hardcore pornography should be enough to raise serious concerns about their organisation.   The remainder of the series looks at how hard they are peddling Transgender content to their viewers.

FIRST UP: WTF PORN!

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Here is a transcript of that video. TOMSKA WTF PORN ChildLine

TomSka is a social media influencers recruited by the NSPCC to provide some guidance for children exposed to porn.  He also hosts content on a channel called DarkSquidge.  His channels are clearly linked on the ChildLine video.  There is some attempt to caution about the dangers of porn, the impact on women, and the problematic nature of the porn industry. The tone, however, was anything but cautionary ending with a note of “have Fun” WTF Porn   Is an apt title.

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Here are a few clips which will give you an idea of the content.  The tone is jocular and glorifies access to porn. There is only the merest nod to the harms access to porn can do: to young boys, and the girls who they will practice upon.

The man doing this, and the people who signed this off, clearly thought children need to be given search terms to help them navigate porn sites safely! These terms included Hentai, Hardcore, Facial, BDSM.  I myself only found out about Hentai recently and it’s not for the faint hearted. Children  should not be taught to fetishise women but ChildLine also highlighted interracial and Lesbian porn. I have no idea what Thespian porn is. Facial pertains to women being ejaculated upon in the face. Children seeing this video are being groomed to see niche, and degrading sexual practices as the norm.  I can’t begin to imagine what Swan Disco, Far Cry or NEDM are. What I do know is ChildLine has made a video with a handy list of search terms, for children, for sexual practices that they are far to young to understand.

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TomSka tells us that rape is one of the most popular themes in porn! He tells us that if the issue of consent comes up in Porn it is there to be ignored.  The section on the Law and porn inserts just enough content to give the appearance of a concern about the impact of porn. However, it in no way offsets the dangerous messages in the rest of the content. How anyone can acknowledge the darker aspects of  porn in such a jocular manner eludes me.

Another disturbing element is when he discusses the age of access to porn and asks the viewers  this.  “You are 18 right?”  Again this is done in a jocular matter which makes it clear he knows, full well,  he is not talking to 18 year olds.

Then cut to this response, in a child’s voice, as made clear by the subtitles.

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Later on the video has a go at educating children about issues of consent. Even here it tells it’s viewers that rough and forceful sex should only be done by consent and with safe words. Once again this is teaching children about a niche adult fetish. The childLine logo is clearly displayed and it remains on their channel.  I am left wondering who does due diligence at the NSPCC? I posted this and asked the NSPCC if they still stood by this content. No response. I was however sent some examples of this you tubers twitter content by other concerned tweeters. 

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I am currently trying to find some contentThe idiom or the figure of speech “look for a needle in a haystack” is used to describe something elusive in a large space or a sisyphean task. Magnifying glass on the needle is isolated on white , on the ChildLine Youtube about what it means to be a same sex attracted Female, i.e. a Lesbian.  So far I have found endless Transgender content.

Lesbians?  Not so much. 

That Equaliteach Project

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This project came to my attention when they were asked to remove the Government Equality Office (GEO) endorsement from their project report. The first version, below, clearly included the GEO logo.

Online Link to the project report is here

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In fact the GEO  funded this project to work with 27 primary schools.  At a  superficial level  the project  aims  may seem laudable, a resource to tackle bullying in Primary Schools.   However an examination of the materials in this pack reveal the underlying relationship to Queer Theory and the political project of disrupting social norms.  Some social norms, such as homophobia, needed (still need) to be challenged.  Other social norms exist for a reason, for example, to stigmatise the dangerous sexualisation of children. This entire document is a clear example of the political project of Queering the classroom.  You can read and article on this here

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The rise of hate crime on the basis of homophobia is disturbing. Especially since this is the least covered of the letters by Stonewall.  However Stonewall extrapolates from the data to show an alarming % of hate crime, 53% in the 18-24 age bracket.  However a hate crime is recorded based on the self-perception of the reporting individual and we know some of these are simple “mis-gendering”.  Another puzzling claim is that this project aimed to dismantle gender stereotypes.  This is the most disingenuous of claims since we are teaching children, who don’t perform sex stereotypes “correctly”, that they may be #BornInTheWrongBody.

My next red flag was a reference to this person Dr Ronz. The good doctor describes zimself as a “queer, black, androgynous, intersectional feminist”.  Of course zie does. After making a good point about lack of visibility; which does impact Lesbians, in particular, she then colludes with the literal erasing of female, often Lesbian, bodies.   A young woman describes difficulty walking, struggling to breathe, a hunched back and ribs popping out, all caused by breast binding.  This young woman is manifesting an obvious bodily hatred. Dr Ronz fails to interrogate any underlying, psychological, issues, instead she merely advises her to wear a larger binder!

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For further reading you can check out this excellent article on the different attitudes to breast ironing (bad) and Breast binding (progressive) in this article. here.  What next corsets?

At last more organisations have realised they cannot get away with lying about the nine, legally protected characteristics. This is, at least, an accurate list. 👇. Brief sigh of relief but read on….they are still going to do it, just in a bit more of a sneaky way.

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Later on we see the sleight of hand.   They emphasise that the correct legal terms should be used except its OK to use “gender” instead of Sex & Gender Reassignment.  The very same two protected characteristics now under attack can be replaced with the Stonewall preferred term.  Coincidence?  I think not.

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Don’t take us for fools Stonewall. We see exactly what you are doing even if you have successfully hoodwinked the GEO.  This is straight up Stonewall Law. Here’s Stonewall on  The Equality Act.  👇

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To ram home the point it quotes some of the schools involved who have proceeded to introduce mixed-sex toilets.  No doubt after being introduced to this US Transgender Rights Activist who they quote in the document.  👇 Their  claim to fame is destroying access to single sex toilets/changing rooms in their home state.  There is quite a lot about making sure toilets are “gender neutral” in the pack as teachers fall over themselves to queer the toilet facilities.

 

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There follows a long list of terminology for our primary school children, and likely the teachers, to learn. Why do primary age children need to know about “cisnormativity”, “heteronormative“, “pansexual” and “queer” . Kids are taught about “heterosexism” which is defined as a “belief that heterosexuality is normal and the norm”. Again this is straight out of Queer Theory.  A reference to disrupting social norms which exposes the social engineering inherent in “free to be “.   A long list of terminology but it only includes the word for the majority sexual orientation in the description for “heterosexism”. These Trans Ally activists seem to have studied Module 101 of how to provoke a backlash,  to hard won rights for the LGB and even, ironically, the T.

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A dissertation on pronouns follows.  Why are we telling primary school children that an incorrect use of pronouns may constitute harassment?18B733A7-5D8B-47F9-9183-A7C80BFF8957

Actually lying about the Law in a project sponsored by the Government!  The Equality Act says no such thing!  Wrong pronouns do not contravene the Equality Act!

These are primary age kids and, just in case we have all forgotten, we don’t use pronouns to anyone’s face!  They are used to refer to people when they are not there!

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Gender Identity Ideology.

Naturally the document is saturated with  teaching about Gender Identity.  The pack quotes research showing that children from age three “can be aware of and talk abut their gender identity”. Children, as young as three, can show awareness of the expectations for their sex and  conform to behaviours based on Gender stereotypes.  This does not mean they have an innate “gender identity”. It just means boys and girls are socialised to conform from a very young age.  Primary school children can indeed be aware of their sexual orientation but it is over-reach to claim that both sexual orientation and Gender Identity are innate.  There is much evidence for the former but not the latter.  This is not education its indoctrination.

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This curriculum seems designed to inculcate a bodily dissociative disorder.  The below quote is to remind us of the odious Section 28 legislation, which forbade references to homosexuality. However, Gender identity Ideology is actually the Woke Section 28. We are disproportionately sweeping up our gay youth in the Transgender phenomenon because, guess what, Butch Lesbians and Femme Gay males are a thing.  We used to bully femme boys by them by calling them cissy/girl  and now we are telling them they are literally girls!  So, yes, we are promoting being transgender.

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The document also admits that staff, who were worried about reactions from parents, initially, proceeded to teach this ideology in secret.  As more parents became aware of this it generated a backlash. Recognising the days of stealth indoctrination have passed, our woke overlords  resort to lying about the law and emotional blackmail. Teaching about Gender Identity is not mandated by law.  Parents are objecting! And NO it is not a moral and legal duty. 👇

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The document addresses questions of religious belief in the context of sexual orientation and then proceeds to answer the question encompassing the LGB & the T.  This is a standard tactic.  Many opponents of Transgender Identity Ideology are themselves homosexual.  This is because there is a conflict between   having a SEXual orientation, and demands that you include anyone with the same Gender in your dating pool, regardless of their biology.  Activists know that people are generally shamed by being called homophobic so they exploit this fear to push transgender ideology.

Beware!

Next up is a scurrilous attack on organisations which question the new hegemony of “Born In The Wrong Body”, or raise issues of concerns about the impact on  Women’s Rights.   Worth reproducing this in its entirety.  Note that once again Stonewall are quoted, approvingly, as are  Mermaids.  (The latter is a prominent, UK based, charity, which promotes medicalising “transgender kids” . The BBC has recently removed Mermaids from the list of charities they refer to as sources of advice). This document quotes them as a reputable group.

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The authors are keen to  make sure that parents and schools reject these organisations and do not, on any account, read what they have to say.  They then  detail tactics for making sure the entire school buys into the ideology.   Get the Governors on board, get parents in for friendly coffee mornings…..basically “groom” them.  The document also wrongly tells parents they can’t reject LGBT education.   Not true.  Sex Educations is expected to be mandatory from September 2020. It is not yet. There is no obligation to teach Gender Identity in schools but note that this document makes it clear it is to be embedded across the curriculum.👇

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However if the Government reverse the mandatory sex education the document outlines how to make sure there will be no escape. There are pages and pages of all aspects of the curriculum and how to “Queer” it.  There are examples of Home/School contracts so that parents know what is expected of them and their child.  There are books like this by Jazz Jennings, the poster child for Gender Dysphoria. 👇 The little boy who had his puberty blocked and sadly, at age 16, did not know what an orgasm felt like.  Nice accessible, heart-warming stories. Nothing about puberty blocking causing a penis so small there was not enough material to fashion a neo-vagina and Jazz Jennings multiple, and continuing, corrective surgeries.

Another part of the document includes retrospectively transitioning women, who masqueraded as men to access male professions,  such as Dr James Barry. Or even claiming that Plato supported the LGBT+ which is ahistorical nonsense.

They do manage to dredge up an actual transsexual to offer up as a role model for children.  Robert (a) Cowell was a late transitioning WW2 Fighter pilot, with a less than savoury tale.

Woke Stasi?

There is a reason why this term exists.  Here teachers, it is suggested, observe pupils and keep a diary of their behaviour. Checking for implied homophobia or, heaven forfend, a style of play that assumes heteronormativity!

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Parents

I have written about the way parents are treated in these guidance packs. Suffice to say that this one also advocates hiding information from parents.  Affirming children at school and concealing this information from parents, This despite also claiming our children are at a heightened risk of suicide.  Whilst repeating the mantra:  This is not a safeguarding issue?  

I will restrict myself to this one quote.

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More on parents and transgender guidance is available here Putting the Loco in Loco Parentis

Queering the curriculum. Sexing it up?

The references and signposting at the end tells its own tale.  Stonewall, Stonewall, Stonewall.   Also Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids!  Not to forget the Proud Trust, proud purveyors of the Dice Game as covered by this article. here. 

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The forces pushing this ideology have finally come out of the shadows, they have spread their tentacles throughout councils, parliament, police forces, the Judiciary, Universities and our schools.  No longer acting in stealth more and more “normies” are waking up to its more sinister content.

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Putting the Loco in Loco Parentis

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The Law: In Loco Parentis

Parents  entrust our kids to the School/Teachers to look after their safety and well-being, in our stead. Forcing our girls to share mixed sex spaces, and hiding information from parents is a grave dereliction of that duty.

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Transgender Guidance in Schools.

More and more parents have begun to raise concerns about School guidance, supposedly, developed to accommodate Transgender pupils. Grass roots organisations, such as Safe Schools Alliance, have emerged to challenge these  policies. In 2020, transgender guidance has been withdrawn in Kent, Cornwall, Shropshire, Barnsley, Warwickshire and Oxfordshire.  There are challenges underway in three further schools, of which I am aware. Thus far all the guidance has been withdrawn rather than face a legal challenge.

The Oxfordshire case is illustrative of a problematic attitude to the protected characteristic of sex.  A 13 year old girl challenged Oxfordshire County Council  via a Judicial Review. Her case aimed to gain recognition of the conflict between the protected characteristics of Sex & Gender Reassignment.  The guidance from the Department of Education argues that the protected characteristic of Gender Reassignment   covers pupils who identify as Transgender. Link to government guidance is here

Here is the relevant excerpt and look who is advising them! GIRES!

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This is despite the fact under 18’s cannot apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate or, legally, obtain Sexual Reassignment Surgery, in the UK.  The Transgender pupils are therefore anatomically indistinguishable from the rest of their natal sex.

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Rather than face a judicial review the council withdrew the policy. They  are clearly hoping to hide behind the skirts/trousers of the EHRC. Oxfordshire issued a statement which contained no apology, to the female pupil. Instead the Council ends with a statement about the safeguarding of its trans-identifying pupils. Nothing about a duty to safeguard, potentially vulnerable,  natal girls.

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In this post I want to specifically focus on the way parents are regarded in these transgender toolkits.  Both the parents of children who manifest as Gender Dysphoric and the parents of other pupils.  I estimate I have looked at about twenty of these guidance packs. Below are examples of what they have to say about parents.

Most of the guidance refers to the high rate of  suicidal ideation, in our trans-identifying children. Yet the policies repeatedly state  there is no, inherent, safeguarding risk.  If our children reveal a state of gender confusion , to a member of staff, they are reminded that this is confidential  information, not to be shared, even with the child’s parents.  How can schools claim our children are at a high risk of suicide attempts and, simultaneously, state  there are no safeguarding issues. How is it  Ok to conceal this information from parents?   D7CA96FE-7B71-4AD7-B15E-78711FB533DC39310240-746C-45A5-A26D-17C3ED3F78DA

Suffolk council divides parents into the good and the bad ones.  The good ones “work alongside their child”.  Are the bad ones those who think the best outcome is a reconciliation to biological sex and not a  lifelong dependence on BigPharma?

Barnsley expresses the hope that parents will be concerned for their child’s welfare but is clearly sceptical.  At no point, in any of the policies, is there an understanding that  parents, who express caution, are the ones  acting in the best interests of our children.  Every pack I have examined is suspiciously  keen to emphasise actions the child can take independently of their parents.

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More sinister is an open statement that a school, in this case a Catholic school, can put in place a transition plan that does not involve the parents!  This is my old school and I have young relatives who attend there.

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Here is another Catholic school which labels parent’s as prejudiced. It then goes on  to make the claim that Parents/Guardians may not be the most appropriate people to guide their child through transitioning!  Why is transitioning our children seen as an unmitigated good? A direct attack on parental duty of care and parental rights from the Catholic Church!.  I am an atheist but it is quite astonishing to see the undermining of Parental responsibility emanating out of Catholic schools.

8C2137E2-0B16-4F7A-8F8C-F136CADA15CFLeicestershire Council appear to see themselves as a Tavistock (Gender Identity Services) referral agent:  Actually stating here that Teachers & School Nurses, even Youth Workers are able to make referrals! 66BC6D03-BD45-465F-BEC5-54B8FE753E88

233B594E-424C-410A-8EA7-310279D9D029Where are the parents in the Leicester guidance? Once again the confidentiality of the child is placed in the foreground.  What this actually means is that the school has the right to keep secrets from the parents. Even whilst so many of these packs claim our children are at a significant risk of suicide attempts. Still it is not a safeguarding issue?

This next clip is even more disturbing.  The Leicester policy sets out a scenario where one of the parents will be actively deceived about what is going on.

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Of course we can all think of scenarios where parents are a risk to the safety and well-being of their child.  Why are parents, who question the uptick of girls (and boys) with Gender Dysphoria, labelled as problematic. Having navigated this territory, for my male child, I was keen that he was afforded protection but not at the expense of the female pupils.  Puberty can be a difficult time for teenage girls and they too deserve dignity, privacy and protection. Like the parent below I was able to navigate a careful path between the two protected groups.  Unlike this parent, from the Cornwall guidance, I was not faced with a Social Justice Warrior undermining these careful arrangements.

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You can read about the Fraser Guidelines, and Gillick Competence, mentioned above  here.   Activists  argue that transitioning children /teens against their parent’s wishes is in line with the rights of young people.  You will start to see more references to these guidelines and Gillick competence. This is intentional and designed to draw a false equivalence to access to contraception.  References will also be clothed in Human Rights speak and references to bodily autonomy. 

7BB1BE2E-9B6D-47BD-8698-646083CAB591 A lot of these guidance packs go to some lengths to make sure schools know they can honour a pupil’s preferred name and pronoun. School systems can be amended to reflect this. There is no need for a legal name change.  They also point out that, once a pupil reaches 16 they no longer need parental permission.

Shropshire also favours hiding this information from parents who are not “supportive”. I know, first hand, of parents who only discovered what was going on, with their own child, when a letter was  sent home with a new name & pronouns.  Do not tell parents can be a very dangerous message.  Some parents have children with eating disorders, psychiatric co-morbidities, and other conditions which the school may be unaware about.

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The pack which seems to be the template for most of the packs I have seen remains in operation. This is the All Sorts pack, from Brighton and Hove.  A pupil’s right to confidentiality is elevated above parental obligations, or the rights of other pupils.  Again,  because they claim it is not a safeguarding issue it can be kept from their own parents and the parents of other children.05FCA681-B055-4296-A81F-A80DB1E8C7F3

Where a parent raises a concern, about a male-bodied person in girls changing rooms, the pupil/parent’s are admonished for denying the “girlhood” of the other pupil.  In this scenario, I as a parent of a trans-identifying male, agree with the female pupil and her parent’s concerns.  I would not want my son to be exposed to the hostility, that would likely ensue, from such a stance. At the same time, if the guidance is followed, I would be totally unaware my child had formally claimed trans-status at the school. Who does this protect?  Not my son. Not the girls in his school.

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Another common feature of the Transgender Guidance is the near ubiquity of signposting to  Mermaids Charity.  This charity is a keen advocate for keeping secrets from parents.  Here is an article on their website. It  was  modified so  children could quickly exit the site and avoid their parents discovering they are seeking counsel on  Gender Identity Issues.

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The BBC has now amended their guidance to remove signposting to Mermaids and other trans lobby groups.  I wonder how long it will take for all School guidance packs to do the same?

My Next blog will explore  this document?  Based on a project funded by the Government Equalities Office,

Here is what they have to say about parents.  This is a lie.  The Equality Act does not mandate pronouns.

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Tavistock 5: Marcus Evans

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This is one of a series of blogs on The Tavistock, the UK’s Main Gender Identity Service. Based at the Tavistock NHS Trust, in London, it is often abbreviated as simply GIDs.   Marcus is an ex-employee of the Tavistock and an important voice in this debate. You can find him on twitter Here  The paper is an excellent reference point.  Open access and with comprehensive references to all sources. Great reading list for the curious.

Link to the paper here

Given the history of silencing research in this field here is the download  Freedom to think- the need for thorough assessment and treatment of gender dysphoric children | BJPsych Bulletin | Cambridge Core

If you have read any of my earlier pieces you will already know there’s been an unprecedented rise in referrals to GIDs /Tavistock. There has also been a change in the sex of the referrals. The proportions have completely inverted, from 75% male to 75% female. In addition there is an increase  in teenage onset cases. This has been termed: Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, and is a recent phenomenon.  The changing nature of the referral population, numerically, by sex and teenage onset should have raised serious questions about treatment protocols. Yet in 2011 the Tavistock actually accelerated the pace of earlier medicalisation.

Affirmation Only.

The predominant treatment is to “affirm”. This means it is now unacceptable to question your own /  any child. This, despite the fact that we know, left alone, most would desist from a trans-identity.

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Practitioners are expected to support the child’s self-identification and not to explore or question it. Affirmation is a nice, positive sounding word and it has become the mainstream treatment protocol.  The affirmative approach, as explained below, sets these children on a path to irreversible medical interventions. In the UK this can happen for children as young as 10 years old.

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The political ideology under-pinning this approach is a belief that children can ,literally, be  Born in the Wrong Body (sex) for their Gender Identity.  Gender is an internal sense of self so only the child can determine the truth of their condition. This makes the child the ultimate arbiter of their authentic self. Parents are expected to affirm their child’s Gender Identity based on their child’s  self-assessment.

Memorandum of Understanding/Conversion Therapy

This article, however, makes it clear that there  are dissenting voices, and organisations, who are not wholeheartedly on board with Affirmation as the right pathway or at least not as the only one. Many organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which treats  questioning of Gender Identity as akin to Gay Conversion Therapy.  However the Royal College of Psychiatrists declined to sign the MOU when the definition was expanded in 2015. 👇

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The government are currently consulting on a new bill to ban Conversion Therapy. Whether, or not, it uses the expanded definition will be crucial for the rights of children labelled “Transgender”.  Most people will look no further than Gay Rights and assume that, of course, it should be outlawed. However, for all the reasons I have covered in previous blogs, affirming a Gender Identity in young children/teenagers may literally be Gay Conversion Therapy.  The Woke Gay Conversion Therapy?

E5247CD0-EF8D-48A1-93D0-C4F72D679810A growing number of parents are expressing concern about the treatment of their children with Gender Dysphoria.  30%  are estimated to be on the autistic spectrum and with other co-morbidities.   Many are simply gay males and Lesbians.  The parent’s, referred to here 👈actually managed to get a letter published in the Guardian.  They also raised concerns about on-line grooming of their children into the tenets of Transgender Identity. In the UK there are now two groups of Parents who are questioning the current approach to their Gender Dysphoric children.  Bayswater Support Group: Twitter here and  Our Duty  here.   (Both groups have other on-line forums and real life meet ups for parents to reach out for support).

Professionals are also becoming more vocal in questioning the medical approaches. Carl Heneghan pulls no punches in this reference to Puberty Blockers.

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👈Here are two more organisations calling out the dearth of evidence based research, under-pinning the treatment of these children/teenagers.  The House of Lords seems to have more dissenters and Lord Winston has written/spoken on this topic,  from his own experience, in dealing with consequent fertility issues. 4386234B-C264-4ACA-AEA5-D85E0474E0B7

A high rate of complications and loss of fertility.  A reminder that the hippocratic oath requires Physicians to Do No Harm.  The existence of an unelected chamber has always been a source of concern, for me, but elected politicians seem, almost universally, cowed into submission. It seems we do need some people ,not bound to the electorate/ lobby groups, to voice these uncomfortable truths.  The House of Commons remain is largely silent on this issue.  Silence is complicity. A salutary lesson.

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Here Bernadette Wren, of GIDs makes a startling, and actually quite frightening,  admission: given that the GIDs protocol remains Affirmative. 👇. Must we wait an entire generation to discover we have been unwise

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The NHS is based on the WPATH standards of care. Professor Shea & Dr Paul Moran regard them as harmful and clinically unsafe. Let that sink in.

De-Transitioners/Regret

The Tavistock experiment has been running for nearly 10 years. We are starting to see a new wave of people with regret but, here is some detail about regret from the 1980’s.  I rarely see Trans Activists/Trans Allies demanding evidence based research, or long term follow-up studies. I would suggest this is where there is a role for activists. Demand better research and long term follow up studies.

The more vocal trans-activists seem mostly preoccupied with rapid access to  treatment and the removal of safeguards which they call “gatekeeping”.  That alone should set off alarm bells for clinicians.  I cannot imagine anything worse than finding you had taken a healthy body, and destroyed sexual function,  only for your patient to regret it. 👇

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Informed Consent?

Disturbingly here is a claim that discussion of post surgery sexual function was actually a taboo subject at the Tavistock. Especially with the younger cohort who, let me remind you,  are making these decisions as young as 10.

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Why is this area of treatment operating outside the realms of normal practice?

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Anyone who doubts that this is happening can listen to Tavistock practitioners openly discussing the question of children and fertility in my earlier pieces. Parents have direct experience of the cavalier disregard for the long term consequences in our children. They express a fervent wish to change “gender” but these  kids/teens have absolutely no concept of the long term implications.  They have an entirely superficial understanding about what thy are signing up to.  Sadly, it appears, so do some clinicians.

Anger, regret, and impact on women.

Even if someone is expected to benefit from transition some counselling around the reality of the inescapability of your sex would seem to be in order. Yes there may be people who regret this decision and direct their anger inwards.  At the same time there seem to be people fiercely committed to their “transition” but utterly unrealistic about sex based reality. This group seem to direct their anger outwards, at their target sex. I am talking of the male transitioners.  It is disturbing, watching the violent, even rape, rhetoric, hurled at women on social media (& in real life). Even more terrifying is that our politicians seem to be wilfully blind to this phenomenon.  What if you are not just admitting any males into female spaces but a particularly dangerous section who hate and envy women?

Adolescence.

More people should be saying this.  I have seen youtubers, now de-transitioned, who genuinely didn’t know that nearly every woman has a terrible time with the onset of puberty and emerging womanhood.  How soon this knowledge is lost when young girls are cut off from the wisdom of older women?

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Parents are alienated from their children who are groomed to see any obstacle in their path as an act of hatred/bigotry. 👇

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De-transitioners are now speaking out about their time in the Trans community.  They  confirm parental reports about our alienation. They also expose the tactics used to game the system and overcome gate-keeping , by learning a script.

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Even if children don’t desist counselling can teach them about the wider societal implications of rejecting your biological sex.  It is an inescapable fact that a female will still need cervical cancer screening, and a male prostate cancer checks. Yet activists push for the eradication of any sex markers and even new NHS Identity numbers. This de-couple pre-and post transition medical history. This is evidence of an ideological belief / psychological compulsion which is undermining safe practice.

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So why is there such utter and total capitulation to an incoherent ideology?

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The answer is fear! Not an unrealistic paranoid reaction but a rational response to the consequences of speaking out.  Ken Zucker and James Caspian are two high profile victims of the silencing.  Urge caution, or wish to study the phenomenon of regret, and you will find powerful forces ranged against you.

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Heaven forfend if you wish to research Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.  

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I have written about the silencing of Michael Bailey over his book: The Man Who Would be Queen, which also covers Lisa Littman here.  Another paper, which posited an alternative hypothesis to Born in the Wrong Body, was also completely pulled after activists put pressure on the journal.  I cover this here

It is a chilling atmosphere in which to try to serve these children and young adults.

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The closing down of debate and discussion about this surge in Transgender Identities is creating a dogmatic adherence to Affirmation/Medicalisation which is already wreaking great harm on our youth and some adults.

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Having revealed that there are dissenting voices and organisations, despite efforts to shut them down, Marcus makes a final recommendation.  A truly independent service able to withstand the pressure from lobby Groups. Less rigidity in treatment protocols. A new regulator with appropriate oversight.

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This needs to be addressed quickly because there won’t be enough alibis to go round.

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That Denton’s Document

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Primary Sources.

This document sets out the strategy for advancing Transgender Rights across Europe, with a specific focus on young people.

You can find the 65 page document on-line here Link

I attach a version which I downloaded in December 2019. IGLYO_v3-1.  I notice there is another version. I attach both, in case of any changes, IGLYO_v3-1 2

Astro-Turfing

The introduction flags up the Corporate backing for this, allegedly, marginalised minority.  The world’s largest law firm and a global foundation are writing strategy documents to embed Gender Identity ideology, in law.  This has all the hallmarks  of astro-turfing; which  is when a well funded, social engineering, project is presented as an organic, grassroots campaign. In reality Transgender Ideology is backed by significant funding.  You can read more on this phenomenon  here

And now Google are interfering. Jo Bartoch Article here.

Another relevant piece, by  Jennifer Bilek, lifts the veil on the rich & powerful men driving Transgender Ideology. here

These are the organisations providing pro-bono support for the report under consideration.  Thomson Reuters Foundation and the largest Legal Firm in the world.

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Dissenting Voices from the LGB & I

The report is on behalf of a group of 96 organisations, who claim to speak for LGBTQI youth across the Council of Europe region.

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In the U.K, we now have a breakaway group, LGB Alliance, who do not feel their interests are served by mainstream LGBTQI organisations. These organisations reject the notion of biological sex /sexual dimorphism thereby making it difficult/impossible,  to defend sexual orientation. Exhibit A:  Stonewall UK have, as an Ambassador,  a bearded male who claims to be a Lesbian.  See Alex Drummond. 👇

It is also worth noting the letter I, in LGBTQI, claims to represent Intersex people.  These are people with Disorders/Differences of Sexual Development.  Many of this community also resent their medical condition being co-opted as an “identity”, by the rainbow alliance. 

To hear more of these dissident voices you can read about LGB Alliance here

You can follow an intersex advocate’s blog here

U.K. Named & Anonymous Backers

To return to the Denton’s document. It outlines the progress in establishing transgender rights across European countries. Here’s  who is involved in the U.K. Note that one of the organisations didn’t even want their name to be made public. The other one already accesses state funding.

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Mosaic received funding from the Government Equality Office for a project working to stop homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying in schools.  You can find this information in the accounts submitted to the Charity Commission.

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A quick check on their timeline shows a devotion to the Trans Advocacy lobby group Mermaids.  #PinkNews #Stonewall #ProudTrust also figure prominently.  Mosaic Youth Trust are  enthusiastic advocates for medical intervention, for children, even using an emotive appeal from a  trans identified child.

Twitter account  @TheMosaicTrust.  Their Website

There are very few public resources available on their twitter timeline or  website.  This, I find, is one of the more disturbing aspects of many of these smaller charities. No public access to resources that are going into our schools!  The Denton’s document proffers an explanation for this secrecy, which I will get to…

Introduction

The introduction was written by a well known Trans Activist based in the UK.

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Mentioning the fact  biological sex exists is now  a “transphobic dog whistle”.  

Legislation by stealth

The two admissions in this next paragraph are crucial to understanding how so much has happened without people, particularly women, marshalling our resources to resist. Most of us didn’t know there was a new threat to women’s rights wearing  Joseph’s technicolour raincoat. We were too busy attending Pride marches and gleefully singing #BornThisWay.  While we were singing Lady Gaga there was a new Gaga Lyric in town #BornInTheWrong Body.

👇Here are some of the strategies recommended. Pass legislation “under the radar”, “latch…onto more popular legal reforms”.  This tactic has served them well.  Note that Ireland passed legislation around Gender Recognition before it legalised abortion. Malta still has not legalised abortion but it does allow self-identification of “Gender”.

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For Trans Activists the failure, in Ireland, to lower the age for Legal Gender Recognition is seen as a warning against compromise.  The stage is set for a new offensive. Note that the age for gender recognition is also under review in Scotland, who seem minded to implement the more controversial of reforms.  This legislation is also under review in England and  Wales which appears to be heading in a different direction. However, there is no room for complacency.

The role of education & attacks on parental rights

Below is a snippet on Tactics picked up from Portugal.  First make sure you train teachers.  Get the teachers on board with gettin rid of sex segregated toilets.

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The inculcation of gender ideology is well underway in the UK.  Many parents are now discovering this with recent publicity on School Transgender policies. (Quite a few of which have been withdrawn as parents protest about their contents). The Denton’s dossier is a full frontal attack on parental protective responsibilities. Here is a thread I did on those school Transgender guidance packs, specifically how they seek to undermine parental responsibility.  Thread

Here a few examples of how parents are referred to in numerous school packs on Transgender pupils.

Another common tactic is to talk about “minors” say you mean 16-18. Then switch to “child”. Talk a lot about a child’s legal rights and their autonomy. This is another attack on parental responsibility. As is made more explicit. They want Parental Consent to be over-ridden

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Here are some quotes about parents in the document under consideration here. 👇

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These excerpts are even more disturbing. Mandating state action against parents advocating for “watch and wait” rather than medical intervention. It is factually true ,historically, some jurisdictions enforced sterilisation clauses prior to undergoing Sexual Reassignment surgery.  These clauses have rightly been removed. However we have not eliminated this for young people. Children put on Puberty Blockers, invariably, progress to cross sex hormones, they will not have a puberty and will be rendered infertile.

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Norway allows legal gender recognition for six year olds. For now (?) this is restricted to children with disorders of sexual development.  It is possible that I am overly cynical /hyper-vigilant about why these kids are being housed under the Transgender Umbrella. They are not “transgender” kids, however, could their status be hijacked to campaign for Gender recognition of  6 year olds. Even if they are not “intersex” but do believe they are born in the wrong body?

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De-medicalising the process or Medicalising it?

Another aspect of the coverage deemed problematic is the focus on medicalising Gender Identity. This is  deemed unhelpful.  The problem identified in this quote exposes a central contradiction in trans ideology. For adults there is a push to de-medicalise the process for self-identification of your “gender”. For children there is a push to medicalise them. Here it is claimed that UK voices are simply “confused”.

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The debate is confused.  Not, however,  on the Gender Critical side. It is reflective of an internal contradiction on the Trans Activist side.

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The penis retention status of so many Trans-identifies males has not escaped the attention of U.K. females. Indeed the phrase suck on my  dick appears with unfailing regularity in responses to inconvenient women.  Had the esteemed authors of this report consulted women they would have known the deployment of the penis, by our wannabe sisters, was a strategic fail. Documented here Peak Trans

Here is a direct focus on the “highly problematic” system of separate toilets for girls/women and boys/men. 👇 Given the history of women’s fight to have safe public bathroom facilities this is a direct attack on the rights of women and girls.   Note the vehicle for grooming our children to accept this is Teachers. . This is what the frequent “we just want to pee is really about. 👇

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The document undertakes a country, by country analysis and the United Kingdom is singled out for its non-compliant women.  The document doesn’t shy away from  using a slur associated with threats of rape and violence (Terf) . It goes on to draw the conclusion that press coverage is problematic. The lesson to be learned is that the freedom of the press has created a divisive issue.  In fact the press have, finally, begun to cover something which simply is a contentious issue.

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Women are labelled “trans-hostile” because we are not giving up sex based rights without a fight. These are existing rights enshrined in Law, by a Labour government, but the document suggests only the right wing media are raising it. By extension, it implies,  it’s only right wing women who have an issue with it.  (The uber left wing Morning Star is one of the papers that has tried to provide coverage for these non-compliant women).

The preferred campaign strategy is to provide human interest stories but, the document claims, the current atmosphere is so hostile they are unable to do so.  The Guardian and the BBC, Teen Vogue, Pink News, Independent, Mirror, Sun, Telegraph appear not to have received the memo. Coverage of “trans kids” is ubiquitous.  This is a strategic. By deploying children it de-sexualises motives for transition  and helps persuade people that the trans community are a vulnerable community.

Another way  this strategy has been deployed, in the UK, is the many Trans Activists who  refuse to appear, along side feminists, to debate any issues.  The series on Radio 4 Women’s hour was notable for the number of Trans Activists who would only provide pre-recorded discussions, rather then debate the issues with feminists. Example here

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The above is laughably poor research into the actual profiling of young trans people in the British media. A quick search brings up masses  of coverage of Young Trans Children. There  was a seemingly endless parade of “transgender kids” on British Media.  There are loads of celebratory tales of young “transgender” children.  Here’s an entire documentary by Victoria Derbyshire. Transgender Kids. 

The Children’s BBC programme “I am Leo” was broadcast directly to our kids on CBBC. I presume this was just in case the home schooled had missed out on Transgender Indoctrination. The documentary follows a young female as she embarks on medicalisation to cement her male Gender Identity. Below is a clip of he Director of the U.K’s premier Gender Identity Clinic, who appeared on I am Leo. Juxtaposed with a contemporary statement , somewhat at odds with what our children were told.

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The language of Human Rights advocacy is deeply embedded in the propagation of this ideology. Women’s rights to privacy and dignity has been trampled underfoot which underlines the depressing realisation that we are not considered human.  Access to women’s sex segregated spaces is now badged a human rights issue for male bodied “women”.

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Of course anyone who is trans-identified should have human rights.  The women fighting for our sex based rights are not trying to strip rights away from any male who is a refugee from his sex.  The rights we are asserting are existing rights, in law, to allow women to act as a political class to defend women’s, sex based, rights.

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Watching the naivete of young, female, politicians who are throwing away women’s rights I think they need to read this document and consider if they are being played.  The young politicians are being targeted. The senior, older, politicians, don’t want to lose the youth vote so are letting them lead the way.

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Another tactic is to make sure activists get ahead of the politicians. It’s a new area and fraught with political banana skins. What better way to avoid a slip. Outsource your opinions to Lobby groups. They are more than happy to oblige. It’s a great strategy.

This document is a must read. Don’t use it to hold anyone accountable. Lawyers must Lawyer and they have already got their defence ready.  Power without responsibility

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TAVISTOCK 4 : Michael Biggs

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665A1C9E-6117-4E00-84B7-EF9442EA5791Michael has been indomitable in his research into the use of puberty blockers on, ever younger, children.  Michael is an Oxford University academic who researches social movements and ordinary people, driven to extraordinary actions.  He also researches self-harm as a form of social protest.   An interesting background. As you will see from his paper he was told by some woke students to Educate Himself.  So he did! Here’s what he uncovered.

As always I am happy for you to bypass my commentary and access the paper directly  here.  Either way I recommend reading the full paper.

PDF attached in case his work is taken down: Biggs_ExperimentPubertyBlockers

The pressure, on the Tavistock, Gender Identity Service (GIDs) to introduce earlier intervention is well documented.  For neophytes you can can see the tensions, between Tavistock staff  & Lobbyists, in this oral evidence to the Transgender Equality Inquiry.  here.  With contributions from Susie Green, of Mermaids, and Bernadette Wren, of the Tavistock.

The aim of Trans Activists was to get “The Dutch Protocol” embedded in Tavistock practice. This protocol advocated earlier intervention, seen as the key to a more passing  Trans Community.  Blocking puberty was one way to do this, since it halted the process of masculinisation/feminisation.  Publicly Blockers were touted as merely allowing a delay to explore gender identity issues. Based on research this would seem to be pure Public Relations. 

The paper goes into some detail on the activists involved in the campaign to institute this changed treatment protocol.  One of the familiar names is Stephen Whittle.  Whittle is a transman and has played a key role in instituting Transgender Ideology. The best way to pass as a man, it would appear, is to be to behave like the most regressive mysogynist and attack women’s rights. Below are some other key figures together with groups which provided funding.  ( I did a double take at the Servite Sisters! My Uncle was a Servite Brother; which is a Catholic order. Sure enough, it’s a Charity run by Catholic Nuns. Why would Catholic nuns fund blocking puberty?)

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Norman Spack was involved in the treatment of Susie Green’s child.  Susie is now the head of Mermaids, the leading UK charity advocating for medicalising children. Parents with children, who have been through this process, are evangelical in their zeal to extend this to other children. I suspect the motivation is to reassure themselves they did the right thing.   The over-investment of older Trans activists, for early transition, looks like retrospective wish fulfilment.

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As stated above the argument for puberty blockers had mainly been promulgated as a “pause”  providing a, temporary, halt to the development of sexual characteristics.  So what happened in the Dutch study?  We know that the Tavistock were aware of this study but they didn’t include this fact in their bid for funding and ethical approval. No adolescent withdrew from puberty suppression and all started cross-sex hormone treatment, the first step of  actual gender reassignment (de Vries, Steensma, Doreleijers, et al., 2010) Source. 

Biggs paper highlights the discrepancies in the statements from GIDS clinicians on Puberty Blockers as a pause.  He even highlights near contemporaneous, and contradictory,  statements on the topic.  See Polly Carmichael, from the Children’s BBC programme, I am Leo, juxtaposed with a statement she gave to the Guardian at around the same time. “We just don’t have the evidence…”

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Ultimately Polly Carmichael got her wish. The Gender Identity Development Service eventually received ethical approval to administer Puberty Blockers to children.   A first attempt was rejected but, undeterred, the application was made again. This time the Tavistock chose to submit the application to a different ethical approval body.  It was then approved. The initial study was based on participants  from 12 years old. However the  evidence  suggests the actual age of commencement can be as young as 10. [See Michael’s paper for how he deduced this.  Also Dr Aiden Kelly admitting this in my earlier piece TAVISTOCK PART THREE (A)]

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The paper illustrates how Tavistock accounts of the actual number of subjects involved have varied. The figure of 44 does not remain constant .  This matters because one of the failings in much of the research, in this field, is a failure to follow up patients long term.  Biggs traces the various numbers used in the public reporting on the study.  Damningly, despite being the custodian of the research project,  the Tavistock does not appear to be keeping adequate records on the experimental subjects or taking the opportunity to rectify the dearth of long term follow-up studies.  A missed opportunity or a deliberate attempt at obfuscation?  Dr Carmichael admits that they lose contact with subjects once referred, at age 18 to the adult services.  She also admits that they have not tracked those given hormone blockers in a single database! Thus the medium and long term consequences are not being tracked.  Despite this look at the growth in numbers being given this treatment and the reduction in the age at commencement.  Moreover changes to names and NHS numbers also make it difficult to track those on the receiving end of this experiment. ⇓⇓⇓.  All set out in the clips below. 

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Also note that almost all cases led to cross-sex hormones.  Just as in the Dutch Study. Therefore this was not a pause and, 9 years on, the Clinicians involved must know this.  Interestingly only in May 2020 did the NHS change its own guidance to stop referring to Puberty Blockers as “fully reversible”.

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Biggs has some significant criticisms of the project. Only one of which is the failure to meet any reasonable threshold for informed consent by not revealing the seemingly, inevitable progression to Cross Sex hormones.  He also highlights the risks of the use of the drub triptorelin,  whose negative outcomes have either been ignored or supressed.

FD48B0C9-4B68-46CD-A7BF-72272E906350There is more information, in the public domain, about the treatment of dangerous sex offenders, than there is of children put on the same drug. Let that sink in.

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Below are a couple of quotes. You can read the full study here  Triptorelin.

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You can read a detailed list here of : Side Effects

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More details of the impact on male children include a stunting of genitalia and negative impact on sexual function.  Given that any surgeries to create a “neo-vagina” rely on sufficient penile tissue, for the most common techniques, this is another serious concern.

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Other damning evidence suggests a negative impact on fertility and even sexual function.

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Even from the limited evidence that GIDS has shared, mainly in Abstract Form from presentations at conferences, Biggs argues that negative outcomes have been omitted or downplayed.  Some of these relate to bone density, which should be increasing during puberty.  Others relate to reported psycho-social functioning and even suicidal thoughts.

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In the light of the concerns raised by the scant evidence in the public domain why has their been no detailed report over 9 years since the project commenced?  Biggs raises some serious questions about how a “research project” , instituted in 2011, has been allowed to progress to 2020 without publishing a full evaluation.

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Increasing media coverage and the beginnings of political scrutiny may finally be about to shine a spotlight on this experimental treatment.  Currently there is an ex-patient, Keira Bell, in the process of taking the Tavistock to Judicial Review over the medical intervention she received.  The Safeguarding Lead is to take the Tavistock to court after being informed that safeguarding information was being deliberately withheld from her. Another former member of staff , Susan Evans, commenced legal action over the treatment of children.  The Cass Review will look at Puberty Blockers on behalf of NICE. Liz Truss has signalled a change of direction over the treatment of under 18’s.

More politicians are also waking up to this issue.

An Ex- Labour peer, and Doctor of Medicine, Lord Moonie, has been raising issues on the medicalisation of kids and the impact on women’s spaces for well over a year. (Banned from twitter & resigned from Labour over this issue.)  Latterly a Conservative MP , Jackie Doyle-Price has begun to speak up.  Baroness Nicholson another Conservative Peer has been a tour de force in raising issues about the creeping influence of Gender Identity Ideology.  Another Medically trained peer, Lord Lucas raised a question in the House of Lords in May 2019.

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At the time of that question we were told the data would be available in the next 12 months.  We have heard that before.  However Lord Lucas is on the case and assured me he intends to follow this up.

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Michael acknowledges the support he had in putting this document together which I include here: 991912D2-F98F-4DC7-AA4F-D9383DBBB3EA

I will leave you with the original patient who triggered the establishment of The Dutch Protocol in the early 1990’s.  2B3693F3-297D-443B-92AE-CB54E31CC72B

Patient B has been followed all the way up to age 35.  One would assume that the outcome would have been positive and indeed patient B is highlighted as a success.   Indeed they say they do not regret their transition.  This does not look like a good outcome to me and I fear we will have many more before someone, finally, halts this experiment.   Allow me to also make the observation that if were talking about a biological male there is no way an absence of a healthy sex life would be regarded as positive.

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#TheseAreNotOurCrimes

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I don’t have the judicial transcript for the case I am covering here.  I will add those details when they become available. These are the published  details in these two articles. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/derby-pervert-im-paedophile-123-4320791    and  here

In brief the defendant was caught with a substantial hoard of the most serious category of Child porn (Category A).  He attempted to use his “Gender Dysphoria” in mitigation, The judge dismissed this,  The offender received a suspended sentence.

He was also given the “courtesy” of female pronouns in the press coverage. This is because it is mandated by the  Independent Press Standards Organisation. It will be interesting to discover if the Judge also used female pronouns, in accordance with the advice given to Judges, via the Bench Book governing Equality Issues.  This also mandates pronouns to be used which accord with someone’s “Gender Identity”. You can read this here. Bench Book

Even more interesting to find if this has been recorded as a female crime. These are crimes of the type overwhelmingly perpetrated by the male sex. A male with an unhealthy, predatory, interest in female children.👇

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Category A offences are defined thus:

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Category A images are considered to be the ‘most severe’. The repercussions for indecent image offences within this category are typically the heaviest of all related offences.

Images classed in this category depict gross assault, sadism or bestiality – obscene images involving penetrative sexual activity. This category also extends to all images that depict a child subjected to pain.

Apparently it is still a step too far to correctly sex the perpetrator.  In both the above articles we are treated to the hijacking of female pronouns to define a very male crime.

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Here is the guidance produced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation which mandates female pronouns for the above offender.

https://www.ipso.co.uk/member-publishers/guidance-for-journalists-and-editors/transgender-guidance/#CasesInvolvingChildren

Here is the guidance on pronouns:

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Here are the resources which IPSO links.  All are Trans Lobby Groups. Were any women’s groups consulted about male crimes being blamed on women?

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I have documented, in an earlier post, a small number of individuals who openly admitted their motive for “Gender transition” was paedophilia.  This blog is here: Survey of Referrals to a Gender Identity Clinic. 

Here is another blog about a male paedophile subsequently identifying as female: Girl Power: The Spice of Life?

I will shortly add a further case. The next one will be of an incarcerated paedophile, also male. This case is in the public domain because the offender has taken the NHS to Judicial Review to seek Sexual Reassignment Surgery. All whilst he is detained, indefinitely, at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.

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You can read another case in which similiar cross overs were identified Girl Power: The Spice of Life?

TAVISTOCK PART THREE (B)

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This is based on this youtube presentation by a member of staff at Tavistock in March 2018.  You can watch this: here. 

Here’s a transcript of the talk TAvistock part 3

I have covered the physical interventions we are visiting on children/youth, who present with Gender Dysphoria, here TAVISTOCK PART THREE (A)

I now want to examine what this talk tells us about how we diagnose these children and include a few quotes that didn’t make into part A. .

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This slide shows that Dr Kelly recognises biological sex, sexual orientation and sexual identity exist.  He also identifies, separately, Gender Roles, Gender Expression and Gender Identity.

Biological Sex is the easy one.  Despite efforts to destabilise the definition of sex we are a sexually dimorphic species.  Differences/Disorders of Sexual development (also referred to as intersex) don’t disrupt the “binary” of sex. Here are two people qualified to comment on the issue of sexual dimorphism.  Claire’s comment, below,  is a good one to keep handy as her article, published in the journal Nature, is often wheeled out to claim the opposite of what she meant. It is actually a fascinating  Article

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Dr Kelly defines our Biological sex as our anatomy and says it is an important part of  our sexuality and sexual identity.  I am not sure how sexual attraction is only partially reliant on biology, except that this matters in Transgender Ideology.  Additionally,  what does “sexual identity” mean here?  It maybe to accommodate people who identify as the opposite sex (not just gender). Alternatively it is, perhaps, to include people who identify as a particular sexual orientation regardless of their sexed body. That is to be inclusive of self-described “male lesbians”, or female’s who identify as “gay men”. 

Gender Identity is here described as a “personal and individual thing” which is not necessarily fixed.  Yet another reason why it is not a good idea to base legal concepts on something undefinable and shifting. If Gender Identity relies on a personal, subjective feeling how is it sensible to codify it into Law?

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Gender Expression.  This seems to mean how you “perform” your gender and how you signal  which gender you identify with/as.

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Here Dr Kelly, an obvious biological male, talks about his identity as a man.  We learn how this might be signalled by the way he dresses, manners, his hands and even the way he crosses his legs.  This is all complicated by the notion of metrosexual males who may even cross their legs in a feminine way but still identify as male.  Confused?  Don’t worry. It is, apparently, complicated and kind of hard to think about.  God help those of us with #LadyBrains.

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Here he recognises these rely on gender stereotypes.  Am I a woman because I pick up the dustpan and brush? Don’t be silly. That’s just a gender stereotype. We want to deconstruct those don’t we?  And here we come to a startling admission.  “The last thing we want to do is to have a young person changing their body to fit in with… societal rules”.  Dr Kelly would love to take Gender out of this issue altogether.  But, guess what, we have to deal with reality.  I assume he means  gender stereotypes are deeply entrenched and changing society is too hard.  So what does he propose?  We need to “carve out a space” for someone to express their gender, in ways that society will accept.  Are we really carving up the bodies of young people because that is easier than transgressing expected norms of behaviour for fe/males?   I am old enough to remember when Gender Non-Conforming behaviour was widespread.  What happened?  I give you Annie Lennox and Boy George.  I could supply loads more examples.

Next we are introduced to the Gender Unicorn. (See Header).  A slide that Dr Kelly uses to introduce concepts central to his work.  Sex is, unsurprisingly, described as “assigned at birth”.  People with DSDs are othered as a third sex.  Sexual orientation is undermined by the inclusion of romantic/emotional attraction.  We are using this tool in primary schools!  So, is it entirely unsurprising we are seeing rising rates of Gender Dysphoria in girls, and boys? Who amongst us performs our sex stereotypical expectations 100% accurately?

It gets even more confusing when we examine how young children think about gender.  We are provided with this slide which shows how children are socialised into expectations of what makes a boy or girl. A8228010-BD32-4390-B218-A9153523789E

This kind of thinking, in a two year old, is quite cute.  It is less so when espoused by our political, media and medical elite.  I like my politicians to engage with issues as adults not toddlers.

There is not much to disagree with in the next slide except to wish the Dr would join the dots. Emerging sexuality and associated feelings of shame. (Surely worse for those who realise they are same sex attracted in a heteronormative culture).  Anyone paying attention would see that  the rigidity of the “gender binary” and the impact of parental or societal expectations has significantly worsened in the last twenty years.

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Is the new rigidity of Gender Stereotypes a new Backlash  against Women’s rights? As women encroach on male professions is this a new way to put women back in their box?  Is the  Public Femininity display a way to dispel the ball-breaking bitch trope?  Are we displaying hyper femininity to signal we are no threat to men?   This could be labelled compliance, or subversion,  either way omething seems to be going on.

Moving on to the understanding of gender in 8 year olds.  Dr Kelly makes an astute observation about the meaning of gender for young children compared to 38 year olds.  Note that we are following one set of diagnostic criteria for both groups.  Children pick up social cues which reflect the society in which they live. Adults, mainly males, also  absorb expectations from adult depictions of female roles. Some of this in contexts (porn) that, you would hope, your eight year old  has not encountered.  See this interview with Andrea Chu who is remarkably honest about their pathway. You can read up on Chu’s thoughts on the  role of sissy porn and the concept of the female as passive: here

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Our kids are navigating such difficult territory.  I was one of 8 children. Six of us girls. All the horrific statistics about sexual violence against women and children were played out on our bodies.  I was a dungaree wearing, tree- climbing, jumper off buildings.  We ran free and I was not unusual.  Sure we had pretty dresses, for specific occasions, but overwhelmingly we lived in “playing out clothes”. These were the norm and we would nowadays, describe them as gender neutral.  I was brought up in a pretty traditional household. Working class father. Manual occupation.  Definitely seen as the breadwinner. Even in that context it was absolutely the norm for we girls to do this. Nowadays this would put us at risk of referral to the Gender Identity Industrial Complex!

Fast forward to puberty.  As Dr Kelly recognises this is a hugely challenging time for young people. It’s a turbulent time for even the most well adjusted teen.

 

What happens if you throw in some complicated family dynamics?   Below  Dr Kelly outlines some scenarios.  There are multiple everyday reasons why girls struggle during puberty.  Growing up in a society with record violence against women, endemic woman hating porn, hyper-sexualised expectations for young women. No wonder girls are identifying out of their sex.  For young boys, who don’t want to be associated with toxic masculine socialisation, who are gay and on the “femme” side the flip side of this equation comes into play.  Throw in some domestic turbulence and you get some extreme rejections of what it means to be female /male in this society.

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And lets not forget homophobia.  Some parents would prefer a faux-straight child to a male child who they might think the behaviour, described below,  signals their son may be a proto-gay male.

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Dr Kelly goes on to talk about how people can hold toxic views about gender.  People can also have quite toxic views rooted in homophobia.👇

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I find myself bewildered that the Gender Identity Specialists didn’t anticipate this.  The law of unintended consequences.  Spend all your time banging on about undermining heteronormative culture and guess what?  You did a great job of establishing a new, pernicious, way of establishing it.  All your campaigning around “disrupting binary thinking about gender” and what did it achieve? We have actually  established a way to make sex stereotypes “flesh”  ; by carving up the bodies of boys and girls who don’t conform.

I wonder how many people, who have dedicated their lives to the furthering of this social revolution, have  dark nights of the soul?   They should.

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TAVISTOCK PART THREE (A)

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This article is base on this youtube presentation, by a member of staff at Tavistock, from March 2018.  You can watch: here. 

Here’s a transcript of the talk TAvistock part 3

The speaker is Dr Aiden Kelly, a Clinical Psychologist, who works at the Gender Identity Service (Tavistock). He practices at the London base but spends time working with services in Ireland.  The service is for under 18’s only,  it does not cover any surgeries.  I am going to focus here on what he says about the medical interventions. [I will do another piece on what he shares about the diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria].

In the  overview of the service, he is keen to emphasise that the service is not “outcome specific”.  The role of the Tavistock, we are told, is to explore Gender Identity confusion and not  merely affirm a cross-sex /transgender identity. This talk is from 2018, is this is still an accurate description of the service?

He  shares some quite dramatic information on the  rise in clients. EC2EE99C-C2B3-4F30-BBEB-4DA678B7DC73 He explains that referrals in 1989 numbered three, by 2010 rates were doubling annually and, by 2016/17, they hit 2000. At the same time the sex ratio of referrals had  completely inverted to comprise  predominantly females.  75% female whereas only a decade earlier the service would have catered to  75% males.  Aiden  is puzzled by this growth and appeals to his audience for help: C1E0FE16-C795-4635-AA7F-3F8021F962FD

Over the same period there has also been a significant rise in male referrals, who are sometimes forgotten, however the shift to females is very pronounced.  The  surge in numbers and the changing sex ratios, should have given the service pause for thought. Were the  existing treatment protocols fit for purpose for a new demographic?  The  obvious angle would be to look at this through the lens of “sex”. Does this not occur to the speaker because he sees through the prism of  “Gender Identity”?  By framing sex as something “assigned at birth”, and treating it as a post-modernist, pick and mix are we enticing refugees from femininity with an, illusory, escape route?

One  response to the growing numbers is to increase staff/services able to deal with rising referral rates.  However, it  was not the only possible response.  Here an ex member of staff , and Tavistock whistle-blower, suggested an alternative: Halt the service until you figure out what’s going on .611E6C3B-0403-4F84-A58B-D1E700E34717

The above clip is from this article in The Times.  https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/it-feels-like-conversion-therapy-for-gay-children-say-clinicians-pvsckdvq2

In reality the response was  service expansion. Furthermore the people disseminating the training, for new providers, are drawn from the existing pool of specialists. This pool of early adopters tend to be deeply committed to the idea we all possess an innate gender identity and sometimes this is at odds with our biological sex.  Here is how Dr Aiden sees his role.  De-mystifying what he does, over-coming the fears of new practitioners and dispelling the notion this is some sort of magical or crazy process.  042A4D5F-6E9D-46D8-A99A-601D1C21174B

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The jury is in out on whether what we are doing to young people comes under the heading crazy. 

Here is a slide Aiden shares on the interventions that GIDS provides, for kids presenting with Gender Dysphoria.  He is keen to emphasise that it is not all about physical interventions, although it does include them.  The approach he describes sound’s eminently reasonable. It moves from reversible to irreversible.  D6AEFB04-C15E-4760-91D4-AA19E4CBE3B7The first stage is Puberty Blockers. As of March 2018 these were still being described as a “pause”.  This has been a contested statement for years. I have blogged about this in earlier posts. Here:  Puberty Blockers. Part One & here Puberty Blockers: Part Two

Additionally, on the day I write this, a segment on Radio 4 has finally covered the revised NHS guidance which no longer calls puberty blockers “reversible”.  (Link here though it will only be available for 30 Days)  Radio 4 link re Puberty Blockers

Here is a transcript of the Radio 4 segment done by a twitter user (handle included and permissions sought)  Transcript. Radio 4 30th June

Summary: They are not just a pause, not fully reversible and are largely experimental, for kids with Gender Dysphoria. (They also have their critics when used for Precocious Puberty, though this is established medical practice).  In this talk Dr Day  claims701B52DF-2EF9-4F90-9A83-682E614EF03DC516F988-9356-4B64-9E94-99F6F33C0BE6 they are fully reversible and only pause puberty.  This would now appear to be recognised as false.  Note also that, as of March 2018, the Tavistock protocol is that children be allowed to go through a partial puberty, as he explicitly says in this second clip This is important for young people to get an idea, not just of their Gender, but also their Sexuality.  Below, Dr Aiden, expands on this important issue. He concedes  a few important points. 840990E4-9947-464C-AB87-CBCF005F6982The lack of research. The experimental nature of the treatment. The fact that many of them won’t persist in a wish to change sex. Here Dr Day uses an estimate of a 50/50 split between those who would persist and desisters.  I have done many blogs looking at  rates of desistance and, whilst the research is contested, a figure of 80% would seem to have  more validity than a split of 50/50.

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In this clip we are conceding that puberty is pivotal. The clinicians work with the family to identify the right approach but then put the responsibility on the parents! Why? Because the don’t have the evidence to know which kids would have been among the  desisted community. Let that sink in. The clinicians are not sure so they are making it the responsibility of the parents. They also fear that these kids may come back to them in 10 or 15 years time. Dr Kelly uses an example a returner who says they did the right thing, but its clear the fear is  regret from those subject to early interventions. This extract illustrates the clinic have a very nice get out clause.  It was you/your family that agreed to this.  [I see many de-transitioners accepting a personal  burden of regret. I look forward to the day when they externalise this anger and direct it at the people who perpetrated this medical malpractice]

Here are a few startling admissions.  In theory the blocker C5FEFDC9-6E2B-44D8-BABB-C351899B8919could be available as young as 10!  The current , public, protocol published by the Tavistock has an age limit set at age 12.

Here he demonstrates awareness of  how ill-informed young clients are on the impact of puberty blockers.  The impetuosity of youth should not  be discounted.  In fact  there are many side effects to the blocker and here is a surprisingly honest account. Mood difficulties may be worsened. It also suppresses sexual interest. Here he seems to be avoiding explicity stating that sex drive will go. D5D0ACF3-0CE0-4DE1-94F8-FE697200C347I would never agree to any treatment that I thought would imperil my child’s sexuality.  I fear many affirming parents are not in full posession of the facts and are terrified by the spectre of suicide. They should not be Suicide in the Trans Community

The next stage in treatment is Cross Sex Hormones.

These are not fully reversible treatments and we are giving them to 16 year olds.  Reminder: It is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 under UK Law. We all know people who regret their tattoos, even those done well above the age of 18.

Below are another two clips highlighting that, even if you meet the criteria for Gender Dysphoria, you may find a way to accept your biological sex. (Though he doesn’t use this phrasing)

So we need to know that any diagnosis is based on incontrovertible evidence but we know that this is not the case.  Here we see one tool which is described as a useful way to think about “Gender”.  Yes!  Its the Gender Unicorn. I will do another post on the Diagnostic criteria but for this blog its enough to post this clip.

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This slide completely  undermines Sexual Orientation by conflating it with attraction to Gender.  It insults people with Disorders/Differences of Sexual Development /Intersex by calling them an “other” sex.  People with DSDs are not a third sex. Humans are sexually dimorphic. Just a few things wrong with something promoted as a useful, diagnostic, tool.

So, which groups are we medicalising?  People with autistic traits account for a whopping 30%  along with people suffering depression, self-harm, and bullied youth.  Many of the people the clinic sees are already wrestling with a myriad of issues, as is well documented.

I am somewhat surprised to see there is no data shared here about the proportion who are same sex attracted. We know this was a considerable part of the demographic from earlier research.    He does note the prominence of bullying, but its a shame he doesn’t  single out homophobia. We know gay youth are more exposed to negative social interactions which can lead to Gender Dysphoria.

Below is another clear statement made that cross-sex hormones are definitely not fully reversible.

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From my observation, and parental report, it does seem  Testosterone operates  quickly, and dramatically, on females.  Who, lest we forget now  who comprise 75% of referrals.  51C019AF-0DFB-42A6-A9D9-54B2596EDDA1

The changing age, and sex, of the referrals is a huge concern.

 

The parents concerned about behaviour, inconsistent with sex stereotypes, do seem to figure prominently in public proclamations about Transgender Children.  To his credit Dr Kelly rejects pathologizing this sort of behaviour in children as young as five.

He does face a new kind of parent as he goes onto explain. A whopping  90% are being socially transitioned by the time they come to the service.  He is very clear about this. It is a social experiment, they are worried and they don’t know what impact this will have on their pathway. 922F54AE-77EE-4169-A59F-BD7A47862635 The speed of the change has clearly taken the clinic by surprise.  The societal embrace of the “Transgender Child” has swept our society at breakneck speed.  Only a decade ago some of the practices we are seeing today would have been unthinkable.

This clinician positions the clinic as resisting the dominant affirmative narrative and resultant parental pressure.  He claims that the clinic to maintain a middle course.  I would suggest the “try” in that sentence speaks volumes.

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To answer the final question posed above. My position on gender non-conforming children is they are fine as they are. They may be proto-gay children/ adolescents. They may be heterosexual females who are rejecting limiting sex stereotypes  imposed upon them. They may be autistic females (and males) looking for an explanation about why they struggle to accurately perform, socially mandated, gender roles.

The answer to all of this is that gender roles are not wholly “natural”. They are often performative. We have had Butch Lesbians and Femme Gay males forever.  Why are we making this so problematic? Why are we  willing to medicalise gender non-conformity? Where are so many, prominent, Gay Rights organisations going along with this?

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Diagnostic Criteria: Gender Dysphoria

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Diagnostic & Statistical Manual: Changes

This blog is a transsexual perspective on the updated description of Gender in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  This is the definition that takes primacy in world literature so it is important.  However it is not without its critics.  Many of them pointing out how weighted its membership is to the Pharmaceutical Industry.  One such article is here:  DSM-5 Controversial Guide

Until DSM-5 the term to describe Gender Dysphoria was “Gender Identity Disorder”.  Many commentators compare this, erroneously in my view, with the former classification  of homosexuality as a “disorder”. Not for the first time I repeat. Gay Rights are not the same as Trans Rights. Quite simply,  same sex orientation is a naturally occurring phenomenon and does not require medical intervention to sustain it as an identity.  Nor does it require other people to deny basic biological facts.

The changed definition of Gender Dysphoria, it is argued,  originates in calls from a  sub-group of Trans Activists who disliked the inclusion of the word “disorder”. They  wanted to de-pathologise Gender Dysphoria but, crucially, not create a bar to funding for medical intervention. Some, but not all, members of the Trans Community, desire/need, depending on your perspective, access to cross-sex hormones/ surgery to mimic the secondary sexual characteristics of the opposite sex.

Note that activists prefer terms such as “Gender Affirming” hormones/ surgeries. This is all part of the same narrative which claims that some people are born the opposite “gender” but need remedial surgery to correct a tragic mistake in their sexed bodies.

Another actor in the drive to change the definition, I would suggest, is the hugely profitable Gender Industrial Complex . They need to emphasise those being treated had capacity able to give “informed consent”. Removing the idea that there is any disordered thinking at play helps make this clear.  This issue is playing out in the UK with a current case against the Tavistock (UK Gender Identity Clinic). You can read about this  here or donate here   Kiera Bell Crowd Justice

I am going to focus on the work of Doctor Ann Lawrence. An autogynephilic transsexual.  You can normally access Dr Lawrence’s work here. Dr Ann Lawrence. At the time of writing the website is under revision so here is an archived link, should you wish to go to the primary source,  Archived Link

First up.   The new classification eliminates the subtypes based on sexual orientation.  Anyone who has been following this topic will know that the presentation of homosexual transsexualism is very different from that of heterosexual males.   The addition of people with an identity,which is neither male nor female, also makes an appearance.  Since this is nonsensical in terms of “sex” this illustrates the way “Gender” is given primacy over “sex”.  This, in my view, set the scene for an inevitable collision course for women defending sex based rights and Gay Rights organisations defending same sex orientation.

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I will return to Dr Lawrences earlier critique, in another post, but here Dr Lawrence is interested in two specific changes.  Firstly  new framing that Gender Dysphoria is a distress, not about one’s sex, but about one’s “gender”.  Secondly the idea that, post gender transition, you “lose” the Gender Dysphoria diagnosis.   Both these aspects have significant implications for the sex based rights of  women and the rights  of Transsexuals to access long term psychological care.  ( Dr Lawrence is here concerned with the rights of Transsexuals, not those of women. By women I mean the old-fashioned, biological kind, should you need me to state this.)

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Dr Lawrence is not a proponent of “born in the wrong body”, as a statement of literal fact, so naturally enough they are not amply quoted by the Trans Activist lobby.  Nobody pretends that Ann threw the first brick at Stonewall.  The description of being trapped in the wrong body, is repurposed by Dr Lawrence who used an alternative version  “men trapped in men’s bodies”. Not a phrase that endears Dr Lawrence to the loudest voices in the Trans Community.  #Cancelled.

The DSM-5 shifts the language from Sex to Gender. It asserts the primacy of a “Gender Identity”  over biological sex.  This article is written from that perspective.  Nevertheless this also has consequences for women. We have moved from Men trapped in men’s bodies to the idea that Men in male bodies are trapped in a mistaken “Gender” ; which can be magically re-assigned by bending language, and perception, to their will.

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Its a political choice.  By changing the emphasis to gender the issue is decoupled from sex.  Read on for the people who seem to have won the day.  Spoiler.  It isn’t women! It also isn’t people with differences in sexual development (DSDs) or, as they are sometimes described, “intersex” people.

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People with disorders of sexual development are often deployed in this “debate”.  I agree with Dr Ann Lawrence.  They are indeed being used as a smokescreen.  People with DSDs have complex, and often distressing, conditions: it doesn’t mean that they are a “third” sex or that we are not a sexually dimorphic species.  This is the response of Claire Ainsworth whose article here pops up regularly to argue about how many sex categories exist: 81AB608E-A9EC-4322-88C0-62E97D74C7F7

People with DSDs, don’t figure prominently in client referrals to Gender Identity Clinics and they are not , in fact, “trans” or any other “identity”.   In fact a survey of British Gender Identity clinics resulted in the abandonment of routine karyotype tests because people with chromosomal abnormalities are not a feature of their referrals.  Source Karyotype Tests

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They are people with complex disorders of sexual development, a tiny number,  which are apparent at birth. Others only emerge when they fail to go through expected changes at puberty.  Their inclusion here seems to be to further a narrative that sex is not clear cut and to imply that trans people have some kind of “intersex” condition and therefore they need to be all under the same umbrella.  In fact people with DSDs are likely to be hurt by their inclusion under this heading:

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So Intersex advocates were ignored.  We are ignoring the different etiologies of homosexual transsexuals and heterosexual transsexuals. We are ignoring Women’s rights, for our sex,and here we have an autogynephlic transsexual who is also being ignored, in favour of other autogynephilic transsexuals?  Muddying the waters with intersex references also allows some transsexuals to fantasise that they have a neurological disturbance, an “intersex” or #LadyBrain.  This again helps only a subset of males in flight from a condition they do not wish to be talked of, let alone to admit to suffering from.

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Autogynephilia is a condition rooted in shame and denial.  These men do not want to be reminded of the origins of their condition so you have to deny it too.  You can read more on this elsewhere on my blog.  I recommend Michael Bailey’s work which I cover in a three part series. One of them on this type of transsexual The Man Who Would Be Queen: Michael Bailey: {Part Three}

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Women are being re-defined, against our will, because of a male fantasy!  Let that sink in. Women are so disregarded in our culture that porn sick men are allowed to re-define us out of existence or relegated to a subcategory as “non-men” or “non-transwomen” or “Cis-women”. Some transsexuals are honest about their pathway from “sissy porn” / “she-male” fascination.  Most vehemently reject this characterisation of their path.  Andrea Chu doesn’t

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For what women stand to lose here is a short summary.

However let us return to what Dr Lawrence has to say about the impact on transsexuals.  While reading this I want you to remember that this entire movement was sold on the basis that it was to protect this tiny minority.  Here Dr Lawrence explains that the new DSM-5 allows for the label of “Gender Dysphoria” to be dropped after “transition”.

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This fits the fantasy. You have merely had “gender affirmed” treatments to align your mismatched head with your body. You are Cured! Except Dr Lawrence points out this does not fit with the clinical reality.

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The post-operative, or post-affirmed, transsexual is still not “cured”.  In fact the excessive desire to eradicate the truth of their condition is part and parcel of  that very condition.  Even the diagnosis of “Gender Dysphoria” generates a feeling of “Narcissistic Injury” and therefore cannot be allowed to stand, irrespective of the material facts of their condition.

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Dr Lawrence then quotes from the long term follow up of transsexuals which drew some sobering conclusions about the cohort they followed:

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The conclusion of that study  here did not to question whether “affirmative” surgeries were the best solution, It did, however, emphasise that mental health care should be continued even after “transition”.  I would love to see more Trans-Activists focus on the long term health, physical and mental, of people with Gender Dysphoria.  However this seems a forlorn hope when a clinical diagnosis seems to be dictated by a group in denial of their condition.

The power of this tiny minority, within a minority, , to dictate the terms of their own diagnosis seems to vindicate this article on the  Billionaires instituting transgender ideology across our institutions.  https://thefederalist.com/2018/02/20/rich-white-men-institutionalizing-transgender-ideology/

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To conclude. If you still think this is about protecting people with a genuine disorder you are wrong. This is a men’s sexual rights movement and it is trampling over women, gay youth, people with DSDs and is a daily assault on reality. All to appease a tiny minority within a minority.

Survey of Referrals to a Gender Identity Clinic.

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This paper surveys 5 years of referrals to an Oxfordshire Gender Identity Service, up to 2009. Its well worth looking at this paper because it sheds light on  the typology of referrals.  It also raises the issues of informed consent, co-morbidities, sexual motivation and, crucially,  highlights the huge change in the sex of referrals.

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We have seen a dramatic shift from mainly male, in this paper,  to overwhelmingly  female in the decade since. Turns out biological sex is a factor. Current youth referrals are now 75% female. This is a striking change as highlighted by ex staff from the UK’s main Gender Identity Service (The Tavistock). Over 40 staff have left over a three year period, some after expressing  concerned about the response to this changing demographic. (Clips from an article in the Times of London. Full Article here.  (Paywall)  Feels Like Gay Conversion ⇓

As always, feel free to skip my commentary and read the entire paper yourself. You can find it here

This paper pre-dated the changes to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual; which no longer refers to Gender Dysphoria as a “disorder”.  Activists fought long and hard to change the way this condition was described, to remove any reference to “disorder.  The modern narrative is that our children are simply “assigned” the wrong sex at birth.  To develop a sense of Gender, at odds with your sex, is now presented as a normal/natural variation and hence de-pathologized.  Well worth reading Dr Ann Lawrence (Transsexual) on the politics behind this change. (Will add link when Dr Lawrence’s website is back after maintenance)

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  • The above paragraph emphasises the rarity of this condition and the high incidence of co-morbidities in the community; i.e.  the existence of other mental health issues in the Trans community. Axis 1 disorders are at the most acute level and include schizophrenia and depression.  The paper is authored by psychiatrists who were specifically focussed on concurrent and historic, diagnoses of mental health issues.

 

Other notable features were the low rate of funding approvals for surgery, the rise in self-medicalisation, the prevalence of mental health issues and a disturbing finding of clients who admitted to paedophilia.

As with many other papers the rates of referrals, from those with a diagnosed autistic spectrum disorder, is also noticeable.  The authors note that, in the main, their sample did not differ significantly from the findings of other research. They do note, however, the mental health issues were slightly lower than in other findings.  The youth of the female subjects is noted.

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Below is a breakdown of how many of the subjects were already accessing hormones obtained over the internet, without any medical oversight. Over 50% had either a current or pass mental illness.  Depression was the most common diagnosis.

This study is to look specifically at psychiatric diagnoses so it is striking that none had a formal diagnostic interview.  The authors  conclude that comorbidity is, therefore, likely to be underreported.  It would be interesting to see if the location in a student population influenced the rate of young females presenting at the service.  ( I do wonder if there will, eventually, be a retrospective review that draws comparisons to females who succumbed to anorexia. My own personal experience was that it impacted, highly motivated/academic females at a disproportionate rate)

Reading the quote below it is refreshing to see reference to issues of capacity to consent in relation to those on the autistic-spectrum.  For those of you on twitter it is instructive search   “top surgery” and see how many openly proclaim “autistic” in their personal biography.  I also signpost you to the  #WeAreNotConfused hashtag. This was started to refute any notion that the high prevalence of Autistic youth, with Gender Dysphoria, was an issue of concern.  A response which was a reaction to the open letter by JK Rowling which you can read here.

Expressing concern about the high number of autistic females suffering from Gender Dysphoria is not deemed an acceptable opinion within the field of Gender Identity Specialists.

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The reference to paedophilia  in this paper also triggers push back on social media.  It would be interesting to know exactly how this information came into the possession of the clinicians undertaking the assessment.  It would seem that this must have relied on a personal disclosure based on the wording below:

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This is an unmentionable subject on twitter as it has echoes of the association of paedophilia with gay males.  Gay activists were quite right to push against such an insidious narrative.  At the same time Safeguarding101 is DO NOT  create a priest class, who are beyond reproach.  It is not that priests became paedophiles.  Its that paedophiles became priests.  Remember this when people push aside safeguarding concerns because transphobic.  

To finish I am going to include this clip again.  Pay attention.  Reasons for non-referral were that the person was deemed not to be ready, or homosexual or having an autistic-spectrum disorder. E47BB919-1CC5-4442-AB81-0E4B405F099D

Now watch last night’s Newsnight segment here:  Tavistock  Ask yourself what has happened to make clinicians throw caution to the winds in the last 10 years?

Hysterical Women’s Rights Activists

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Zarah Sultana: Letter to Liz Truss

Labour MP attacks Liz Truss for delaying reform of the Gender Recognition Act and  restricting access to medical  intervention for “transgender” children.  Not for the first time I find myself  agreeing with the party I have opposed my whole life. I have been a member of and donated hours of my time, and money, to support Labour.  I am still an economic leftie but sadly I refuse to forfeit women’s rights and turn a blind eye to the medicalisation of  “trans kids”. There are some good Conservative Women who appear to be getting a hearing from their party leadership. That’s been quite eye-opening. Meanwhile the Labour Party leadership candidates, bar one, all deemed women like me to be part of a Hate Group.  All of them signed up to some version of the Mantra “Transwomen are Women” with no concern about women being redefined without consultation.  That’s a hard pill to swallow but it does mean I can take this rare opportunity to agree with Owen Jones, Witchfinder General.

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The letter Ms Sultana sent will forever be a stain on her career.  It is all the more remarkable since she is based in Coventry. She should be aware of the price the Green Party paid for their unthinking embrace of “trans rights”. A dangerous alliance which blinded them to child safeguarding concerns.  If you are unfamiliar with the tale of the Greens/ Challenor family you can read about it here. Green Party Challenor

First up a disingenuous attempt to redraft the law on single sex spaces.  Zarah seems to think that “single sex” spaces are already open to males, with or without a Gender Recognition Certificate,   One wonders why the necessity for reform of the GRA when Zarah is claiming that sex based protections have already disappeared. (In fact the law allows for discrimination in favour of single sex spaces, even if you have a GRC, except its rarely enforced.)

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Naturally she has swallowed the woke wikipedia hook line and sinker. Women are now a subset of our own sex class, how liberating!  Cisgender women are, we are told, privileged women that embrace our Gender Identity. What kind of feminist identifies with sex stereotypes when it has been a central tenet of feminism, for hundreds of years to challenge them?

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Zarah cannot resist the opportunity to recycle the age old sexism of dismissing women’s concerns as good old fashioned hysteria!  She is either ignorant of the origin of this slur, or inserting it to deliberately provoke  women. Women who wish to retain our sex based rights are labelled “transphobic” ; a thought terminating cliche which lost its power to silence women long ago.

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Here is Owen publicly repudiating the word Terf and sticking it to women with the transphobic slur.  What was that about misogyny on the left?

Ms Sultana could do well to research the origins of accusations of hysteria:  Applied to women who refused sex and thus dishonoured the phallus. Heaven forfend!  Plato would fit right in with the modern day woke bros and their obsession with #LadyBrain; albeit of the wandering type which may land in a male body.

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An irony which seems to have escaped her attention is that women are actually fighting to retain the sex based protections in The Equality Act 2010. A piece of legislation also enacted by a Labour government!

She then takes the Conservative government to task for delayed reporting on the  feedback  to the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act. Indeed the response is well overdue. The survey was designed to gauge public opinion, on whether a male could self-identify as a woman and garnered one of the highest levels of responses to a proposed legislative change.   You can read the preamble to the GRA consultation here GRA Consultation. 

The document above is indicative of a level of cognitive capture at the heart of the then Tory administration,  It accepts many of the arguments of Lobby Groups at the outset. Even at one point listing the demands of Trans Lobby groups and inserting this comment below. There was hardly a neutral framing under Penny Mordaunt.

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Ms Sultana ignores the Trans activist campaigns to influence the GRA consultation. Even, shockingly, placing a plea, to children, to send in a response. Stonewall used youtuber, children’s entertainer Olly Pike, to persuade children to agree. Even telling them how to fill out the form and asking them to be a hero.  Gender Recognition Act: Children

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The correct response to the frequent appeals to kindness,  whilst giving women’s rights away to males,  merits an intemperate response.

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She goes on to castigate Liz  Truss for “making sure under 18’s are protected…”. I would end that sentence there but Ms Sultana continues to protest the rights of under 18s to make irreversible medical decisions. For anyone unfamiliar with these arguments see my previous post on INFORMED CONSENT?

80A6FAA0-2F6A-44B6-B375-4B5C5DF8155CThat last sentence is disingenuous activist speak, totally unworthy of a sitting MP. We protect children from making irreversible decisions they may come to regret. Referencing Gillick competency is intended to invoke the idea of unwanted teen pregnancies, not children signing consent forms for experimental treatment which will render them infertile and, potentially, compromise sexual function. Tavistock. Part Two: Clinical Dilemmas

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Here she compares irreversible medical treatment to the irreversibility of a “natural” puberty.  It is a peculiar phenomenon to watch, self identified socialists, embrace the ultimate in self-commodification. It is disturbing to see a party, hoping to gain political office, attack Parental responsibility which exists to protect our youth from decisions they may regret.  This will not regain the Red Wall and, if I can see this, you can be damn sure its not lost on Dominic Cummings.

There follows some whataboutery about why the current  administration are raising this issue during the middle of a global pandemic. I have no doubt that the timing was quite deliberate. Perhaps because Covid coverage would be a good distraction. Perhaps because it is a condition that has been shown to affect the sexes differently. Furthermore it may have been timed to take advantage of  people with spare time to investigate the issues.  Whether tactical, or serendipitous,  the Conservatives picked a good time to raise this,

Now we move on to the idea that we are dealing with widespread transphobic hate crimes. Firstly may I point out that we don’t collect data on hate crimes perpetrated against women.  While people are reporting misgendering, to the police, women are suffering rising rates of domestic abuse, rape and murder.  The “abuse” of the trans community pales in comparison. Another familiar tactic is the cynical manipulation of self reported suicide attempts in “trans youth” which I cover here Suicide in the Trans Community

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The entire letter is dripping with emotional manipulation but she is not done there. The next paragraph is a tactic with which every parent, especially of teenagers, is familiar.

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The GRA has been in place since 2004.  The reason there has been a backlash is the overreach of the Stonewall Lobby.  Women should not have to accept that bepenised “women” can access our private spaces, take up Women Only places in political parties, and be forced to include males in Women’s political organising.  We have a right to organise and campaign for Women’s rights as defined by our sex.  After all the only reason we have to fight for them is because we live with the reality of SEXism. Not GENDERism.

Finally, I have no doubt that Ms Sultana vehemently opposes lobby groups getting access to the Conservative party machine yet this is her list of references. Mermaids & Stonewall. 

 

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INFORMED CONSENT?

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One of two articles on the complexity of Gender Dysphoria.  As always feel free to bypass my commentary and go straight to the journal.  You can access the article here. (Cost implications)

For parents, like myself, we often found ourselves stumbling about in a field about which we had no prior knowledge. Research supporting parents, who do not believe in medicalising our children’s distress, is gaining traction. On the day I found this paper the UK National Health Service amended its guidance on Puberty Blockers. It stopped implying/stating blocking pubertal hormonal surges allows a “pause” and are fully reversible. It finally published a more honest response.  Its not fully reversible.  Many of the consequences are unknown.  I’ve blogged about this before Puberty Blockers. Part One  & Puberty Blockers: Part Two

Matt  Hancock (Minister of State for Health) could do well to take heed of the growing body of research supporting a “watchful waiting” approach to children identifying as “transgender”.

The criteria for “Gender Dysphoria” would see many of our children meet the diagnostic threshold but, as the authors of this paper point out, there is doubt about both its origins and its treatment.

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There are many questions about this condition: the surge of referrals to UK Gender Identity clinics, the inversion of the sex ratio in referrals, and growing numbers of de-transitioners. These should raise questions about why the main treatment is “affirmative” . Practitioners, working in this field, risk falling foul of professional bodies which regard attempts to reconcile kids to their biological sex as a kind of “Conversion Therapy”.