Fact not fiction

Jan 17, 2022 by

by Maya Forstater, The Critic:

At the end of last year I wrote an article that surveyed the gender wars: the battlefield of lost jobs, workplace bullying, employment tribunals, police visits, arrests and wrongful convictions, to win the right to talk plainly about the two sexes.

I pointed to the new battle over proposed legislation to “ban conversion therapy”, which threatens to close this down this freedom of plain speaking where it matters most — amongst those caring for children and young people who have suddenly come to believe they are “the wrong sex”.

The article appears to have hit a nerve with the Government Equalities Office: they wrote to the Critic with corrections and asked it to “dispel some of the myths”.

GEO says: “This policy is not rushed. It was first announced in 2018 and has been debated on multiple occasions in parliament”

In fact: Hansard shows there has been no real debate in Parliament on the government’s plan to outlaw conversion therapy, and none at all on inclusion of “transgender conversion”. The government’s own published research has found no evidence that the abhorrent practice exists.

When the plan to “end conversion therapy” was announced in 2018, there was no mention or discussion in parliament of “trans children” being the focus. The Queen’s Speech only said, “Measures will be brought forward to address racial and ethnic disparities and ban conversion therapy.”

MPs responded to the announcement by welcoming this as a plan to ban “gay conversion therapy” — although most of what they talked about were historic abuses that are already illegal.

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