Boots sorry over magazine article suggesting that transgender people are more likely to commit suicide if they are not addressed with their ‘preferred’ personal pronouns

Jan 16, 2022 by

from Mail on Sunday:

Boots has apologised for publishing ‘misleading suggestions’ that people who identify as transgender are more likely to try to take their own lives if not addressed using their ‘preferred’ personal pronouns.

In a recent edition of the retailer’s Health & Beauty magazine, LGBTQ+ podcaster James Barr wrote: ‘Not everyone identifies as “he” or “she”.

‘Some people…might prefer “they/them” pronouns.’

He added: ‘A recent study revealed that trans and [gender] non-binary people were 50 per cent less likely to try to end their own life when those around them used their correct pronouns.’

Stephanie Davies-Arai, from the monitoring group Transgender Trend, said: ‘Lobby organisations have pushed the message…that a child who is not affirmed as the opposite sex is more likely to attempt suicide, on the basis of no evidence.’

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