Transgender latest: updated fortnightly

Jun 5, 2019 by

News and comment, most recent at the top:

When free speech clashes with trans power, by Libby Emmons , The American Conservative

The politicisation of gender dysphoria, by Jane Robbins, Christian Post

Diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria—Too General and Too Much Harm, by Walt Heyer, Public Discourse

Prime Minister Scott Morrison slams Cricket Australia for ‘heavy-handed’ approach in transgender policy, from The organisation’s changes allow people to compete with whatever gender they identify as, based on the guidelines the player must nominate their gender identity at the time of registration, and should demonstrate a commitment that their gender identity was consistent in other aspects of everyday life.

Does Tavistock GIDS fast-track 16+ referrals of adolescents with gender dysphoria? from Transgender Trend

‘Puberty is not a disease’: Italian council moves to ban gender-bending drugs for kidsby Martin M Barillas, LifeSite

US: Parents of gender-confused kids demand investigation into government funded study on puberty blockers, by Brandon Showalter, Christian Post

“We really really tried”. A 2017 letter from GIDS clinicians ignored by the Guardian, from Transgender Trend

Politicised trans groups put children at risk, says expert, by Jamie Doward, Guardian

Transgender treatment: Puberty blockers study under investigation, by Deborah Cohen and Hannah Barnes, BBC News

American College of Pediatricians Urges Surgeon General to Investigate Medical Transgendering of Children, by Quentin van Meter: The American College of Pediatricians

Doctors Need to Examine Their Motives on Trans Teens, FRC

Video: Jazz – Transgender at 11

NHS psychologist claims poor and abused children are wrongly being labelled transgender, by Sanchez Manning, MailOnline

Parents could be harming children by allowing them to change gender, NHS experts say, from Christian Institute

At last, a Prime Minister speaks the truth on trans athletes, by Caroline fisske, The Conservative Woman

Drag queens oust God from the reading corner, by Ann Farmer, The Conservative Woman: “A church-run playgroup has been banned from Burgess Hill library in West Sussex after parents complained that the lyrics of the nursery rhymes they sang mentioned God…[Meanwhile] libraries are engaging badly made-up middle-aged men in frocks to read stories about sexual diversity to children.”

The book that dares to take on transgender myths told to children, by Sanchez Manning, Mailonline

What does Scotland’s U-Turn on transgender schools guidance mean for England and Wales? from Transgender Trend

GP’s risk transgender storm after issuing unprecedented warning over ‘lack of evidence’ on treatments, by Stephen Adams, MailOnline

Why I’m sick of Pride, by Brendan O’Neill, Spectator

Back to school with Stonewall, from Transgender Trend: “Women’s Minister Victoria Atkins recently expressed concerns about the number of teenagers seeking life-changing medical interventions.”

The Church of England needs to make up its mind over gender transition, says Church commentator, by Cara Bentley, Premier

Student kicked out of class for saying there are only two genders in now expelled, by Doug Mainwaring, LifeSite

Dualism, oneness and transgender ideology, by Jane Krammer, Anglican Mainstream

Young people pushing back against transgender nonsense has LGBT activists alarmed, by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite

Trans activists fail to block research suggesting gender dysphoria is ‘contagious’, by Camilla Tominey and Joani Walsh, Telegraph

Why are we encouraging girls to mutilate their bodies? by Joanna Williams, Spiked

Almost three quarters of children looking to change their gender are girls, by James Gant, MailOnline


Articles posted before 28 June

Academic faces the sack for letter which criticised training on trans issues, by Sian Griffiths and Ewan Somerville, Sunday Times. The letter “registered disquiet over a programme run by the charity Stonewall in which ‘anti-scientific claims are presented . . . as objective fact’…”.

Transgender trend’s response to the revelations about Mermaids in the Sunday Times

“The revelation in the Sunday Times that the charity Mermaids published online hundreds of private emails, some revealing personal details of children’s names and medical details, is one more indication of the organisation’s carelessness around the protection of children…There needs to be an investigation into how this group, with no medical qualifications, has been given the authority to influence the approach towards the most vulnerable children, both within schools and the NHS.”

Another brick in the wall – the threat to children. By David Robertson, theweeflea.

“Watch this stunning video of a Scottish teacher explaining to a pupil why he had been kicked out of class. The pupil’s crime was that he had dared to state the view that there were two genders, male and female.  Look at the teacher’s response.  Apart from being angry, bullying and is chilling.”

Teacher throws kids out of class for insisting there’re two sexes, by Archbishop Cranmer

“My trans kids documentary made reporting on the Middle East peace process look straightforward”, From Christian Institute. Documentary maker accuses pro-trans lobby of “systematic refusal to debate something so patently important”.

English Bishops apologise for Catholic flyer challenging gender theory, by Jules Gomes, Church Militant.

The fight by women [against ‘gender self-identification’] has just begun and Scotland is in the forefront, by Joan McAlpine MSP, WomansPlace UK

Do kids really need drag queen story hours? by James Parker, MercatorNet

The Church of England needs to think more clearly about transgender issues, by Prudence Dailey, Christian Today

Feminism was women’s great enemy – until transgenderism came along, by Jules Gomes, Church Militant

Oxford bans Cambridge academic’s talk for transgressing transgenderism, from Frontpage Magazine

Paediatrician on how transgender propaganda harms children, from The Daily Signal

0.00 scientific basis for gender fluidity, says noted paediatrician, by Will Jones, Rebel Priest


From earlier: Church of England schools and transgender

“A vicar has resigned following a bitter dispute with his bishop over the way a Church of England school handled an eight-year-old pupil’s plan to change gender”, reported Sanchez Manning in the MailOnline.

Rev John Parker was alarmed that staff and parents were being misled by transgender lobby group Mermaids; he and other governors were not permitted to question the decisions being made. He said his concerns were brushed off by the Diocesan Education Department, who supported the Mermaids consultancy. This happened in the context of a long running dispute between Parker and the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, over the Bishop’s public support for celebrating same sex relationships, and other doctrinal issues.

More reports and comment (most recent further down):

Vicar resigns after being silenced over trans ideology concerns at church school, from Christian Concern (includes audio from the training session given by Mermaids at the school).

The transgender agenda in rural England, by Roger Kiska, Christian Concern

Rev John Parker’s statement explaining his decision to resign

Comment from Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream: C of E’s ideological capitulation makes more clergy resignations inevitable

Ashenden, Conger and Kallsen discuss the issue on Anglican Unscripted (starts at 14.25)

Church of England school endorses transitioning for 8-year olds. Report by Jules Gomes featuring comments from Lisa Nolland.

Concerned parent group Transgender Trend offers a careful analysis of the Mermaids press statement from a legal and medical perspective. It concludes:

Although this exercise felt a bit like marking the paper of a very poor student – with mounting horror – the result (a resounding Fail) is not funny….The care of gender dysphoric children must be based on robust medical evidence which can withstand scientific scrutiny. The press statement from Mermaids…[succeeds]… in exposing how ideological belief can overtake reality. This cannot ever be seen as an acceptable basis for the treatment and care of children and young people.

The Bishop of Chelmsford responds by questioning John Parker’s account: “I’m at a loss to know where this has come from” – Bishop responds to transgender accusations, from Christian Today

The Bishop’s Ad Clerum addressing the issue can be read on the Chelmsford Diocese website here

Church of England Bishop refutes vicar John Parker’s allegations in escalating transgender war: David Virtue’s report and comments with criticisms of Rev Parker and Christian Concern

What bishop would tell a vicar: ‘You’re no longer welcome in the Church of England’? Archbishop Cranmer

Anglican Mainstream comment:

In this case, a vicar has been effectively barred from exercising his role as vicar and governor to hold a school to account by questioning policy on an issue requiring great wisdom. More generally, as a respected bible-believing pastor he feels increasingly marginalised and out of step with the theological direction of his Diocese and the Church of England.

In his Ad Clerum, the Bishop of Chelmsford has attempted to shift attention away from these facts. Instead, he focusses on the accuracy of detail of who said what when, on the vulnerability of the child, and on the need for people with different views to live together in peace.

Regarding the transgender issue, he assumes, following LGBT ideology, that the best way to support a child with gender dysphoria is to enable the school to normalise and validate the ‘transition’, a process which involves suppression of proper scrutiny. Following the Archbishops’ lead on ‘radical inclusion’, in which he said “there are no issues or problems, simply people”, Cottrell effectively denies that there is a clash between Christian understandings of the human person and the ideology of transgenderism, and reduces the gospel to how the church supports and affirms hurting people.

A Bishop, a vicar and Mermaids – who’s misleading whom? by Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern

Chelmsford: Evangelical clergy confirm vicar’s testimony, from Gafcon UK

Church Society defends vicar being investigated over views on LGBT education in schools, from Christian Today. Yorkshire vicar and governor of local C of E school had expressed serious concern about the new RSE programmes in the parish magazine.

Other recent articles on transgenderism:

The impact of transgenderism on young people, by Michael Bird, Psephizo. A summary and review of a book critiquing transgender ideology from an eclectic number of feminist, queer, disability, and psychoanalytic authors.

Scientists blast ‘inaccurate’ GCSE paper which replaced the word ‘sex’ with’ gender’ as they accuse examiners of bowing to political correctness, by Sanchez Manning, MailOnline

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