Time To Think: Hannah Barnes. (4)

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I am reading this at in chunks so I do the review justice. This one will cover chapters 7 & 8. You can read the rest of the series at the link below. Do buy the book. My review is no substitute and it is an important historical record. Also order it at your Library.

TIME TO THINK: Hannah Barnes

Chapter 7 is aptly titles The Bombshell as there are growing numbers of staff expressing concerns, a huge surge in referrals and staff are failing to meet targets over waiting times.

The decision was taken to invite an external consultant to review G.I.Ds and, for a brief point, it looked as though significant change was on the horizon. For some staff this change couldn’t come soon enough as one commented.

The consultant, Dr Femi Nzegwu, made her recommendations which included reviewing the criteria for referrals, a minimum standard for report writing and even a temporary cessation of the service.

Anna Hutchinson shared her recollections of this time.

According to Hutchinson it was Polly Carmichael who ended the discussion about closure, in her view all it required was “brave leadership”.

There is no evidence that NHS England were ever told of the report, certainly the chief executive of the NHS Trust, where GIDs was based, not: He had to find out from the media.

Meanwhile, in 2016/17, when the report was commissioned, referrals were still increasing and the staff doubles from 40 to 80 and still they could not keep up. The criteria was not tightened up and there were multiple agencies able to refer children.

At around this time the first reported outcomes of the Tavistock experiment with puberty blockers started to emerge. The preliminary findings showed a mismatch between positive reports by the patients which were not borne out by the psychological testing. Amazingly there was no improvement of the Gender Dysphoria or the self-harm. Subjects also had higher degrees of suicide ideation.

Despite this no halt was called to the live experiment which included 162 children by 2016. Carmichael actually argued that this progression rate might mean that some children who would have benefited may have missed out! Though she did conceded it was possible that the puberty blockers influenced the trajectory for these kids. Almost as if going through a natural puberty helped resolve bodily rejection.

There was more. The researchers revealed that near a 100% of the children had progressed to cross-sex hormones. Only one stoped treatment citing issues with bone density development. For some clinicians this was a wake up call.

Hutchinson sounds absolutely horrified by what the clinic was doing to some of the more vulnerable children in our society. A horror I share.

For natal boys there is another consequence. One of the arguments for blocking puberty had been the prevention of the development of secondary sexual characteristics would avoid unnecessary surgery in the future. For males, however, the stunting of their male genitalia actually increased the likelihood they would have to undergo an even riskier type of surgery. The Tavistock staff knew that one of the boys in the Dutch study had died following complications of this type of surgery. We know also, from Marci Bowers, a “trans-identified” man and a surgeon, that these children will likely grow up and be not only sterile but inorgasmic. It shocks me everyday that we are still doing this.

Some of the clinicians describe how there practice changed after this research but the clinic itself issued no directive and did not change practice. One of the clinicians drafted a leaflet, to be shared with patients and their families, warning about the issue with future genital surgery. The leaflet needed approval from Carmichael who did not respond to the requests; a decision described as unethical by one 👇 clinician.

The reluctance to commit this to paper invites speculation as to Carmichael’s motives. This was one suggestion.

Chapter Eight.

This chapter covers the fallout for the staff and how some began to modify their practice in line with the new information. Stress levels were high and staff were offloading to one another but the service itself had not reviewed its treatment protocols. Discussions across GIDs, were they occurred were described as polarising.

This chapter also covers what seems to be the dysfunctional relationship with CAMHS (Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Services). It appeared that the impact of economic policy “austerity” had placed intolerable pressure on CAMHS who were referring to GIDs partly to relieve pressure on their service. It was not that these children did not express unhappiness with their sexed body they did, but they often had co-morbid mental health issues which were left untreated by a referral to GIDs.

A further difficulty was that it was ideologically driven lobby groups, like Mermaids, who stepped in to provide support to parents and children. Mermaids , as we know, believed in the idea someone could be born in the wrong body and pushed the idea that if you did not medicalise these kids they would commit suicide. There involvement would, inevitably, drive up referrals and make existing referrals anxious for the medical pathway.

Matters were not helped by the number of agencies able to refer children to GIDs.

The feeling I am left with is a service spinning out of control and a leadership team unable to take the hard decisions and, at the heart of this problem, children bing irreversibly damaged.

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RAINBOW RESOURCES 2

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In part one I covered a report detailing how young activists strategised how to disseminate gender identity ideology and normalise talking about sex with the under twelves. In that I illustrated the links to Lloyd Russell-Moyles, a British Labour MP . You can read part one below:

Rainbow Resources 1

The document I am going to look at today is a later edition of the Rainbow Resources. I have searched, in vain, to get a PDF of the first version to which Russell-Moyles put his name. If I track it down I will cover it in this series. You can read the full document here:

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The document recognises that the first edition was by Russell-Moyle. This was part of International Falcon Movement -Socialist Education International. Later we are told that the document was funded by the Council of Europe.

The organisations rely on the U.N declaration on the Rights of the Child and , to this end, they claim that children have as much ability to teach as to learn and that children are involved in the decision making process. This is quite fundamental to the ideology and why it conflicts with the idea of child safeguarding.

Here they claim they have been working with children on gender and sexuality for forty years.

In this edition they wanted to focus more on “trans” issues. They are also keen to stress that sexual rights are human rights and that children are not too young to discuss sexuality.

Allow yourself a wry chuckle at this next statement.

Naturally the oppose what the call conversion therapy but they include not just homosexuality but also “gender identity”. What this means, in practice, is that we end up “converting” gay kids to faux-straight adults by enclosing them in a medicalised closet. Also, because this is inspired by queer theory, they want to destroy social norms around different expressions of sexuality which brings us a world where we are not allowed to kink shame.

They next reference a pamphlet about child sexual development which has, unfortunately, has now been removed so I cannot interrogate the content.

There’s a section on being aware of your own privilege and biases and making sure you are self-aware and questioning your own adherence to stereotypical behaviour. In the next paragraph they advise that your identity is constructed not just by yourself but in dialogue with how others see you. (Tell that to the male “Lesbians”).

The next section tells us that everyone has a “gender identity” and uses the discredited statistic suggestion that 1% of people are born with a disorder of sexual development (DSD) which they call “intersex”. They provide the usual claptrap about “cisgender” and redefines sexual orientation to pretend that people are attracted to “gender identity” rather than biological sex.

The booklet then (sigh) uses the Gender Bread diagram to demonstrate their bonkers belief system.

Their definitions include “transvestite” without any recognition that some men cross-dress for erotic purposes.

Next up they confirm that they are informed by “Queer Theory”. It’s interesting to note that since 2014 we have seen an explosion of spicy straights claiming to be “Queer” that they argue undermines the LGBTI*.

Here is what they say about the family. 😳 They are clear that there needs to be empowerment of the child; the family may need “educating” and outside organisations have a role in shaping the child.

There’s a reasonable section on bullying and patriarchal language structure erasing women but, inevitably, they ruin it by opting for gender neutral language, preferred pronouns, and imposing their ideology by way of exercising the privilege they claim to be committed to eradicating.

As we know, from part one, the proponents of this ideology actually strategised that one way to overcome resistance, about talking to children about sex, is to hide the content of your “education”. They don’t repeat that (yet) but instead make the patronising assumption that resistance is borne out of ignorance.

Here’s the bit where they strategise to get the kids away from their parents, allay their fears by co-opting trusted professionals or charities and bury the content in wider issues.

There is a whole section on bullying which, ironically, uses bullying and public humiliation of any child who does not subscribe to their belief system. Finally these are the people they point to as role models.

Monroe Bergdorf who lost multiple appointments because of a failure to understand child safeguarding, who is on record making discriminatory comments about Lesbians and who parades himself as a pornified princess. Travis Abalanza who thinks teenage girls should be forced to share communal changing rooms, with him, at Top Shop. Or Fox Fisher who is still surgically mutilating their body twelve years after starting their testosterone journey.

It’s a no from me!

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Rainbow Resources 1

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I came across this document while I was looking at Rainbow resources after I was sent a tip off about the involvement of Labour M.P Lloyd Lewis-Moyles in an organisation called International Falcon Movement – Socialist Education International. Document below. 👇

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Here is Lloyd Lewis-Moyles confirming his involvement with this organisation.This is from an old blog from his days as a student at Bradford University where, you will see, he has been pushing biological sex denialism since 2007.

Here he is welcoming the production of Rainbow Resources in 2011.

You may be familiar with Russell-Moyle because he shouted down Miriam Cait M.P and then moved to sit, menacingly, near her in parliament, because she has been raising issues about school teaching on sex and relationships. Here is Russell-Moyle sharing a personal tragedy and using this argument to suggest we should teach niche sexual practices to children.

This document was produced in 2012 and there is no audit train to suggest that Russell-Moyle was present but it does illustrate the waters he was swimming in. He did attend other events, hosted by IFM, including the Queer Easter events. This is a picture of one of the Queer Easter events found online.

The event itself was for youth leaders to reflect on how the Rainbow Resources could be improved. The event and production of the document was funded by the Council of Europe. The Coincil of Europe predated the formation of the European Union and is able to elect judges to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The document itself covers a group of Youth Leaders who ran events for children. They boast about their desire to teach children from an early age about issues of gender and sexuality.

In this document they lament the lack of resources for children and their aim to work with children “from a very early age”.

Furthermore they want to develop tips on how to introduce this teaching “against parents wills” . This has echoes on the Chinese cultural revolution.

The Youth Workers are being trained to go back into their organisations and disseminate their ideas to others and, of course, the children in their care. Because they know opposition to teaching children about their sexual rights is still widespread they shared tips on how to overcome opposition from parents, colleagues and institutions.

The participants were from education settings or worked in youth groups or were involved in LGBT groups and otherwise had access to children to educate /indoctrinate. Many of them work with the under 12s which is the target age group.

These are some of the issues they discuss. They believe children who take openly about sexuality will be better equipped to respond to sexual jokes and defend themselves against sexual harassment. They also believe it’s a good thing if children feel confident to approach adults about sexual matters.

Additionally they talk about children’s rights to love whom they will.

To accomplish their aims the participants are advised to be economical with the truth when parents or teachers ask about the lessons. Tell them the method but not the content.

Frame your work as anti-bullying and discrimination and then introduce gender and sexuality.

Disturbing section on children’s sexuality and confirmation that a sexologist was invited to talk about children’s sexuality. Remember we are talking about an under twelve age group.

Anticipating resistance one participant decided to run an event where parents were deliberately excluded. This is another one of their recommendations.

Additionally participants leaned that they did not need to make the nature of their content, on sexuality rights, explicit.

I am not suggesting these materials are being produced with conscious malign intent but they seem woefully naive, at best, about child safeguarding.

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Time To Think: Hannah Barnes (3)

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This is a ground breaking book even after all the media coverage about the Tavistock.I think I have written about twenty pieces about the U.K’s main Gender Identity Service but I still finding this an absorbing read and learning things I didn’t know. I am writing this series as I make my way through the book.

I will cover chapters five and 6 in this piece. You can catch up with the series here👇:

TIME TO THINK: Hannah Barnes

The clinic had entered a new era now that Dr Polly Carmichael had taken over the helm. Bernadette Wren also joined during this period as did many new staff as the operations of the clinic expanded. The NHS had commissioned G.I.D.s to provide a national service and referrals were increasing at unprecedented rates. It seems the previous head, Domenico Di Ceglie should have heeded the warning which did, in fact, make him laugh. We are not laughing now.

The picture pained by Barnes, based on her interviews with former Tavistock staff, is of exponential growth in referrals, a complete change in the demographic, and a leadership team seemingly unable to manage the risks for this new client group. Therapeutic work was difficult to schedule and some seem to have embraced the “affirmative” model resulting in more than one account of puberty blockers being offered during the first appointment.

Apart from the time constraints the availability of the medical pathway was changing the nature of the relationship between the clinicians and the children referred to the service. One of them describing a “fundamentalist mindset”.

Newer clinicians relies on the more experienced staff to guide them, in the absence of any formal training. This meant they were all being trained in the “affirmative” model as described by Anna Hutchinson.

Many of the clinicians describe the complexity of the cases they were faced with, including one who had three alternative personalities (known as “alters”) two of them with Australian accents even though the patient had never set foot there. Others had competing mental health conditions and suicidal ideation. Yet for all these patients there was just one treatment pathway, medical intervention to block puberty.

More than one interviewee expressed concern about the influence of lobby groups like Mermaids and GIRES. Rather than resisting this pressure Hutchinson felt that the Tavistock were buckling. The impression given is that phone calls and emails from staff at these organisations were often made to Dr Polly Carmichael.

Hutchinson describes how, originally, she was not too concerned about the use of puberty blockers having assumed /been led to believe, there was a strong evidence base behind their usage. In the next chapter this would change.

This chapter ends with another case study of a gay man with extreme Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that practically kept him housebound. He had been subject to homophobic bullying for many years and now began to question his gender identity. His mother describes how a senior clinician, from the Tavistock, travelled to see him at home and how she reacted to the pressure she felt under, going so far as to describe it as “insane”.

Luckily this gay man escaped the clutches of the Born In The Wrong Body brigade.

In chapter six we meet Matt Bristow, a gay man, who considered himself a “trans ally” and was thrilled to join G.I.Ds. Right off the bat he makes an astute ovservation that so many of the referrals are from traumatic background he wondered if they wanted to reinvent themselves via a new gender identity. Bristow also describes the hostility in some of the therapeutic encounters with patients who resented the assessment period prior to receipt of drug treatment. Patients were also predisposed to be dishonest fearful of being deemed ineligible for treatments.

Those of us with children caught up in this know that our kids are being taught a script on line to dish out to gullible, or complicit, clinicians.

By 2014 the Tavistock had determined that they would lower the age for medical intervention to allow prescriptions for those under twelve. Carmichael referred to this as “stage not age” and announced it in the press.

Carmichael is not being quite accurate in this statement. Further interrogation by the Newsnight Team, which included Barnes, forced an admission that no study had been completed and evaluated at the Tavistock, instead they were relying on the Dutch study. The problem with this was that the Dutch had not experimented on those under the age of 12.

The decision was taken by the senior staff and some staff had misgivings as Natasha Prescott recalls.

While Prescott takes a charitable view of the intentions she does question why the therapeutic aim seemed to be to eradicate any stress or discomfort rather than to teach their patients coping strategies. Other staff members too a more cynical view.

The chapter covers both Mermaids pressure for a reduced age for prescriptions and public statements, by Bernadette Wren, on why GIDs were resisting the pressure. In the end Mermaids got their way.

Barnes questions why NHS England agreed this change in the treatment protocol when no formal evaluation has been published on the ongoing study on these over the age of twelve. She also points out that the Dutch study was not an unalloyed success and even resulted in the death of one of the participants. There had also been a loss to follow up of more than 20%.

This chapter gives a good critique of potential flaws in the way participants were evaluated; in particular the way the patient was assessed for satisfaction with their biological sex, at the outset, and, after surgery, asked if they were satisfied with their target sex. Could the positive results be attributed to this methodology?

All this was taking place against a background of increased rates of referrals, inexperienced staff and a complete inversion of the sexes who were present ing at the Tavistock. From a small number of mainly boys with long standing “gender issues” they were now seeing mainly teenage females who had suddenly emerged as “trans”. This is how one clinician described the waiting room👇. This is what social contagion looks like.

Staff were still under the impression that the puberty blockers being administered were fully reversible. This was despite Carmichael making different public pronouncents for different audiences. She can be found describing PBs as a “pause” for childrens BBC but admitting they are not elsewhere.

This is Carmichael to the guardian.

Against this background the Tavistock was still expanding and doubling its contribution to the NHS trust. They were garnering positive press attention and encouraged to expand its staff, reduce assessment periods, and prescribe to everyone more, and ever younger children. We’re they unchallenged because they were a significant source of revenue?

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Time to Think: Hannah Barnes.

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Are we hurting children?

I will probably make slow progress whilst I work my way through this book because it is such a painful read knowing that my own GP referred my son to the Tavistock. I fought a valiant battle to keep my son out of their clutches, because I had done my research. I did actually speak to Hannah but my son was not referred to the children’s unit and, I suspect, she spoke to me more out of compassion than for anything I could add to her research. This series is dedicated to her for doing the work and the Swift Press for publishing. I have purchased the electronic version for review purposes but my birthday gift will be a copy for myself and a copy for me to take to my GP. I will also order a copy for my local library.

This series will probably include more links to my earlier posts as I have covered much of the same territory as this book. It’s is also full of excellent footnotes so I will do detour to follow any of those I had not seen.

The first chapter has a headline grabbing title. I should just say the Hannah avoids sensationalising in all the interviews she has given, which is good to see, we don’t need to over-claim for the harms being done the plain, unvarnished, truth is bad enough.

Concerns were being expressed around the dramatic increase in numbers but also the demographic of referrals. Natal girls had inverted the sex ratios of referrals and bore little resemblance to the previous cohort of, mainly, gender non-conforming boys. Now referrals had an over-representation of natal girls, same sex attracted of both sexes, , autitistic children/teens as well as 25% of referrals of children who had spent time in care. I wrote about the Gender Clinics and looked after children here: 👇. One of the articles is based on the Tavistock’s own data.

Foster kids & Gender Clinics

Concern was often focused on the administration of puberty suppressant drugs to children as young as ten.

These medical interventions were, and still are in some organisations, described as “reversible” and administered to allow a “pause” : Time to think, if you will. However, we knew from the Dutch experience that the vast, vast, majority would progress to cross sex hormones. They will be sterile and it seems they will lose orgasmic potential. Natal boys will have stunted genitalia which will make surgeries more risky, requiring use of the colon to create a facsimile of female genitalia. One boy actually died of necrotising fasciitis following his surgery in the Dutch experiment. More on this below:

Juvenile “transsexuals”: Biggs

While Polly Carmichael, a senior clinician, admitted there was a lack of research into these interventions here’s what we do know: 👇

Here is another senior clinician, Bernadette Wren, with a similar admission.

I have done a series on Bernadette Wren. She famously told the Women’s and Equalities Committee (W.E.S.C.) that she felt at the cutting edge of a social revolution.

Bernadette Wren

Even NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) concluded that the evidence base was very poor.

Chapter 2 provides the background to the setting up of the service. I covered much of this in my series on the first director, Domenico Di Ceglie.

Domenico Di Ceglie: Tavistock

What was new to me in this chapter was some research donee on the Tavistock cohort. I will have a detour to look at this research before I proceed to chapter three.

Before I leave chapter 2 it’s is worth noting that concerns were being expressed about G.I.D.s as far back as 2005. David Taylor was asked to produce a report which was then hidden for fifteen years! It was only after a protracted battle that the Tavistock were forced to release that report. I covered this below.

Tavistock: Taylor Report

Chapter Two continues by documenting that unease with the service was not long in emerging. Different traditions of approaching physical distress with the body co-existed uneasily. Some clinicians were used to seeing the body used to signal distress. In lay terms they saw this as a problem with the mind, not the body. Medical interventions were regarded as a last resort and, crucially, only with a strong evidence base for the treatment. Therapeutic treatments were prioritised.

This chapter also covers the work of Dr Az Hakeem who ran a group for post -operative patients who were experiencing regret. He decided to combine this group with those who were considering surgery. As a result, Hakeem, advised only 2% of the pre-operative group decided to proceed with surgeries. For Bernadette Wren those working with patients experiencing regret developed a skewed attitude to the work of G.I.Ds.

In 2002 there was an open schism when the European Court issued a ruling that “transsexuals” should be granted full, legal, recognition for the sex they wished to be. Staff at the Portman’s published an open letter opposing this,

Ex staff began to notice the influence of the lobby group Mermaids. Domenico Di Ceglie was even a patron at one point. In the beginning Mermaids recognised that a “transsexual” outcome was unlikely for most of these troubled children but, over time, they became more militant and difficult to work with according to some accounts.

Sue Evans describes how she felt that the cases she was seeing required extensive, exploratory, work but other colleagues were prescribing drugs after a shockingly low number of session. All the recommendations from the Taylor report were ignored. 👇

The chapter ends with the case study of “Ellie” who was a non gender conforming girl who realised she was attracted to girls and found the opportunity to discuss her issues, with Tavistock staff, valuable. She eschewed medical intervention and is now in her forties, bisexual and has been in a same sex relationship for the last decade.

I am already finding this a riveting read. This book has the potential to save more children from being treated as guinea pigs by a health care system that has lost its way. I will be back with the next chapters.

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Born in the Right Body: Part One.

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Today I will be reviewing this book. You can purchase it from Amazon or Ebay, in hard copy, or electronic format. I bought the kindle edition for review purposes but I will be ordering a hard copy for solidarity purposes! Isidora also tweets at the following account.

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Even the first chapter is full of key quotes so I will have to restrain myself.

Chapter One points out that the some of the first victims of the trans-medico complex were gay men whose homosexuality was not tolerated. The hard work of social change was eschewed in favour of body modifications, for the gay men. We are literally carving sexist stereotypes into, and out of, homosexual bodies and disregarding any costs to their health.

I have long said that we are creating a new Eunuch class to police women and Sanger doesn’t shy away from the implications for women either:

The re-designation of some males, as women, has had catastrophic impacts on the status of women in society. The desires of these men have been elevated above the needs of actual woman. Nowhere is this more evident than the phrase “Trans women are women” which is parroted by politicians across the political spectrum; while the language assigned to women is reductive and offensive.

Language is not the only casualty of the lie that men can become women. We now have a new group of sexual fetishists claiming the cover of the “trans” umbrella. We have male rapists in female prisons and a court case against the prison system confirmed this was legal.

Sanger touches on the sleight of hand that replaced sex with gender and is in large measure used as leverage by men with transvestic fetishism/autogynephilia. They needed this obfuscation to push for their re designation as a type of women; even as a type of Lesbian! She also covers the, oft repeated, lies which use people with disorders of sexual development to push the lie that biological sex isn’t real, or is on a spectrum.

Sex matters for all of us even those, perhaps especially those, who are in denial about their biological sex.

Changing sex markers is now routine in the NHS resulting in the ludicrous situation of men being invited for cervical smears. The NHS seems to trust men with delusions to recognise their real sex for health purposes. However, some of these men seem to be in a highly delusional state and not capable of acknowledging reality. Exhibit A. 👇

Because of her medical training Sanger is qualified to examine case studies to make her point.

Chapter 6 examines the complicity of the medical professionals with these ideology which she calls “a pseudoscientific ideology based on wishful thinking”. Again, the author is also trained in psychiatry so in a position to critique their failings. She asks the question about why a delusion about your biological sex is treated differently to apotemnophilia (the desire to cut off a limb).

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Another aspect of this which Sanger covers really well is the fantasy element of men who identify as women. Our lives are not slumber parties and fluffy slippers. Identifying “with” us implies empathy when you identify “as” us it is identity theft and it is not just women who pay a price. The effort of maintaining this fiction is exhausting.

Case Study 2 looks at inducing lactation in a male subject and the ethical implications of this as well as females breast feeding while on testosterone. It’s a terrifying experiment on these babies! Sanger makes the point that the accounts of these cases leave out the sex of the baby but the sex of the baby does matter. What will be the impact on a female infant who is dosed up with testosterone as a result of this ideology? Furthermore some men have a sexual fetish with breast feeding, known as Lactophilia, as is evident from the sexualised language used to describe the experience. (And, yes, I am judging!)

The next chapter covers the experiment on children via puberty blockers and the lies trans activists tell to justify this treatment path. The lies about suicide risk is one form these falsehoods take. It’s blackmail.

Chapter 11 details the consequences of using female language to describe males. An excellent over view of all the consequences for women when we lie about someone’s biological sex. She also covers the women who are paid to lie about sex and go along with Gender Identity Ideology from the comfort of their salaried positions. There is a harrowing section on male prisoners being housed with women and the horrendous crimes they are perpetrating within the prison estate.

Chapter 12 challenges those arguing that the P should be included in LGBT+ which, if you missed it, is seriously proposed by sexologist James Cantor, and others.

To this Sanger retorts:

The next section draws on the work of Dr Em who exposes the tactic of paedophiles who aim to normalise their predilection. The tactics are scarily similar to those of trans activists who are eroding the boundaries of women and girls.

The next chapter looks at the strategic use of a technique known as D.A.R.V.O, by trans-activists, which stands for Deny, Attack, Reverse, Victim and Offender. This is used to paint “trans-identified” men as victims, thereby creating a new priestly class immune from critique. This chapter details a case study from Sanger’s own experience which rips off the mask of a man who had sexually abused his niece. The lessons from this individual case can be applied to the institutional D.A.R.V.O to which we are being subjected.

Fantasy versus Reality.

This chapter lays out the consequences of a truth denying ideology and how it is corrupting institutions and policy on a massive scale. A movement built on lies relies on an inversion of the truth to shore it up. Sanger also takes a swipe at the “both-sidesism” at play when men pretend that women are guilty of the same behaviour as the, often violent, “trans” activists. Sanger covers the collusion of the medical establishment, the Ministry of Justice, prisons, law enforcement, schools, the list goes on.

The chapter on symbolism flags and totalitarianism resonated with me; especially the analogy with the Balkans conflict. This chapter also covers the force teaming of the LGB with the T and the historical revisionism of the foundational gay rights movement to centre “trans” activists.

This is a war! A war on reality itself. It’s the madness of crowds and we need society to recover its sense, sooner rather than later!

I will break off here to make sure I do justice to the second half of the book. Sanger has done us a great service with this book. Bravo! 👏👏👏👏

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Juvenile “transsexuals”: Biggs

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Don’t be put off by the title. This paper, by Michael Biggs, is on the “Dutch Protocol”; the name given to the pioneering use of puberty blockers, driven by clinicians who claimed to be able to identify those children destined to become “transsexuals”. The title serves as a reminder of the claims made to justify this experiment; a model which was adopted by the Tavistock, U.K. main “gender” clinic.

I will add the paper at the end. My reading is very much through the lens of a parent, with a child who believes in the idea of being “born in the wrong body”. I have researched this issue, full-time, for five years so I am pretty steeped in the ways of the “gender woo woo”. In my opinion Michael Biggs is one of the stalwart researchers in this field and he deserves global recognition. This is why I have given him his own series which you can access here. 👇

Michael Biggs

Here is the abstract for the paper I am covering in this post. As you can see this experiment is 25 years old, the evidence base is thin and some of the claims made are not only implausible, but, at this stage, it is clear, some are demonstrably false.

The paper opens with an explanation of the history of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone agonist (GnRHa) drugs to suppress puberty. It was first proposed as early as the 1990’s at the precursor to what became the World Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Biggs outlines how these drugs were proposed as a way to “resolve” a disordered “gender identity” . The drugs marketed as a “solution” for this condition do need our attention and they are not licensed for this particular condition.

It’s worth pointing out that the brand name for the puberty suppression drug used in the U.K. is triptorelin which is made by Ferring Pharmaceuticals. I covered Ferring before because they donated 1.4 million to the Liberal Democrats. You can read this post here 👇. Ferring Pharmaceuticals funded some of the research covered in this paper as will crop up later.

Liberal Democrats & Big Pharma

Biggs provides a summary of the origins of the theory of “gender identity”; the setting up of gender clinics for children and how medical intervention, initially rare, became the standard treatment at gender clinics. Some, like Harry Benjamin, were, formerly, comsidered to be operating at the reckless end of the spectrum but his use of testosterone and double mastectomies has now become the norm. There has also been a push to lower the age for these interventions. (In the U.K the youngest reported child, in receipt of puberty blocking drugs, was 10 years old.)

One of the key proponents of earlier medical intervention was Peggy Cohen-Kettenis.

This is one of her patients; a teenage lesbian who underwent testosterone, a double mastectomy, hysterectomy and the removal of her ovaries.

Some of the research, purporting to provide an evidence base for this treatment, was a follow up of 22 subjects who were treated at the Utrecht clinic. One of the problems with the, seemingly positive, results was that comparison was made to an older cohort when attitudes were less tolerant. In addition the younger group were only followed up at an age before any regret over the inability to conceive/ reproduce would, possibly, have emerged.

Another case study presented an “adolescent transsexual” who has a similar back story to Johanna. FG was also a Lesbian with a disapproving father.

FG would go on to have a similar medicalised pathway.

One would assume some advances in the kind of surgeries available to females but this is a recent photo of someone who has had surgery to create a faux-phallus. These images suggest the results leave a lot to be desired. This is a graphic image but people need to see what we are doing to these young women.

FG was considered a success story but this is what she reported when followed up in later life. Feeling of shame and inadequacyand an inability to sustain a relationship.

This is the conclusion Cohen-Kettenis drew about F.Gs experience. 👇

Below is also the story of Nancy who opted for voluntary euthanasia rather than live with how she felt about her post-operative results.

The destruction of Nancy: The girl nobody wanted.

The belief in an innate gender identity underpins the drive for these extreme interventions. Cohen-Kettenis, and other like minded people, sometimes use the analogy of a kind of “intersex of the brain” and were keen to find evidence that supported this belief. There are studies that make the claim that there is evidence of “trans” identified brains matching those of there target sex. These studies are flawed in a number of ways, They either fail to control for homosexuality, neuroplasticity / are tiny samples and one even included males on female hormones, which are known to shrink the male brain. I remain unconvinced by this “research”.

Cohen-Kettenis undertook further research in 2006 which was funded by the pharmaceutical company Ferring Pharmaceuticals who, as mentioned above, make triptolerin; the U.K. brand of the puberty suppressing drug.

Under Cohen-Kettenis, the number of children undergoing puberty suppression began to increase, markedly, but the criteria appeared strict. Formally it was required that patients must have had “gender dysphoria” since childhood; family should consent and there must be no competing mental health issues. However, this was not always adhered to; one patient was prescribed, over the objections of the parents, despite being in an institutional facility because of a physical disability. Another U.K child was prescribed, over the phone, when the U.K. clinicians refused to prescribe.

The Dutch protocol scrutinised

One of the key issues examined was the claims of “reversibility” of the puberty suppressing treatment. Suffice to say, this claim does not survive rigorous analysis, There are known impacts such as decreased bone density, documented drops in IQ and, for boys, stunted genitalia which is clearly a problem for any male who stepped off the medical pathway. The stunted genitalia was also a problem for males who want to use their penis to create a facsimile of female genitalia, as we shall see.

The second claim challenged was that this was a “pause” or a diagnostic tool to allow identity exploration. In fact 95% to 98% progress to cross sex hormones. In other words they don’t step off the medicalised pathway. This raises the concern that these children are blocked from sexual maturation and thus from a realisation they were homosexual, a common outcome for these children.

We know that proto-gay kids are vastly over-represented at gender clinics so are we denying these potential homosexuals the chance to accept and embrace their sexuality? Biggs highlights that the clinic were preoccupied by how well their subjects could “pass” as the target sex, if they had puberty suppressed. There was less emphasis on sexuality and the studies, referenced above, which emphasised homosexual outcomes, began to be downplayed in later work.

This paragraph! I have said before that more concern was expressed for sex offenders put on these drugs than for children!

In the London study we only have one girl who opted not to progress to cross sex hormones. She reported no sexual feelings in the two years post cessation.

It does not get any easier to read. The stunted genitalia creates surgical complications and resulted in the death of one boy.

Biggs covers the ex CEO of Mermaids who obtained these drugs for her son via Norman Spack, in the United States and also Jazz Jennings. Marci Bowers, Jazz’s surgeon also raised another aspect about these treatments

The paper examines the evidence for the impact on bone density, the missing homosexuals we would have expected to desist from a “trans” identity and the appearance of private provides like Helen Webberley at Gender GP. He also considers the lack of longitudinal data that follows these children into adulthood. The Tavistock Clinic claim, rather conveniently, the follow up is illegal. Here is Bernadette Wren speaking this year,

You can watch Wren’s full explanation here:

Bernadette Wren

The statement, below, by Biggs, to me, has a significant bearing on the, purported, obstacles to robust follow up and longitudinal data,

Cohen-Kettenis, herself agreed follow up needed to be at least 20 years.

Conclusion.

Bigg’s paper offers a good account of how we got here and identifies some of the key proponents of a medicalised path for purported “juvenile transsexuals”. He challenges claims of the reversibility of puberty suppressing drugs and questions the ability of clinicians to ensure they are not sweeping up gay males and Lesbians into their patient pool.

More alarmingly he explains how the results from the Tavistock trial were only revealed after concerted pressure. Their reluctance to publish begs the question. Did they know?

Are we creating a new kind of human? Bernadette Wren 👇

He ends with a concerning story about an Austrialian girl who has refused cross sex hormones and opted to stay in a permanently pre-pubertal state.

Here is a link to the paper: I recommend reading the entire thing.

The Dutch Protocol for Juvenile Transsexuals Origins and Evidence

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NHS Guide to Inclusivity

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This is the NHS guide that cost over £164,000 of public money. There has been some sensationalised coverage in the Daily Mail so I wanted to look at the source document.

Here is the Daily Mail coverage.

NHS a inclusive language

The guidance lumps the LGB in with the T, as usual, to force team groups whose interests don’t merely diverge from the T but, in some respects, are diametrically opposed. The consequences of this forced-teaming allows the sex denialism industry to ride on the coattails of the widespread good will toward gay rights. As a consequence there is much to agree with in this guidance, where it fosters positive attitudes to patients who are same sex attracted/ have a partner of the same sex. I can well imagine how irritating it is to assume your partner /husband/wife is of the opposite sex. I can also see some, limited, circumstances where your sexual orientation is relevant to your experience as a patient. Overall I find the emphasis on sharing your personal details with NHS staff a tad creepy. My sex life is none of your business unless it pertains, directly, to my medical care and I don’t have a “gender identity” and resent anyone telling me I do.

Leaving my personal considerations to one side, for the moment, let’s look at the real purpose of this document. It’s social engineering and another attempt to railroad patients into accepting the central premises of Gender Identity Ideology; using taxpayer funding to foist this on patients when they are in need of medical attention.

These are the Lobby groups behind the document. Of course they include Stonewall, LGBT Foundation, Kings College London and the University of Brighton. The funding came from the NIHR, which is funded by the government, via the Department of Health and Social Care.

Stonewall provided the foreward to the document managing to shoehorn the word “inclusive” in a couple of times. Like many women I see this word as code for excluding women by allowing the penis-bearing, wannabe, women to be centred in female medical concerns and on single sex wards.

The document begins with some statistics about discrimination in healthcare settings. As this is Stonewall data I am going to treat these claims with a healthy degree of scepticism.I am also utterly unconvinced by the claim these guidelines will “benefit all of us. The document contains a second foreward by Dr Michael Brady.

Dr Michael Brady is a stalwart proponent of sex denialism and in a hugely influential role. Here are some examples of his poor judgment. Here he is supporting Mermaids after the Telegraph exposed them for sending breast binders to children behind their parent’s backs. Below he is also caught recommending Gender GP , run by a husband and wife team; Dr Mike Webberley has been removed from the medical register and Dr Helen Webberley has been subject to repeated suspensions and a fine for supplying cross sex hormones to a 12 year old,girl.

Here he is at the Pink News Awards with fellow ideologues.

The guidance emphasises using neutral pronouns until you have ascertained your patients preferred pronouns. This information should be gleaned by asking everyone open questions about their preferred mode of address. This forces everyone to accept the, ideologically predicated, belief that everyone has a “gender identity”. Staff are told not to make assumptions, even about patients they have known for years, and warned that gender is in flux so you can’t assume your patient still identifies with his biological sex. No consideration is given to how offensive this could be to ask for pronouns for a female who, for example, is post chemotherapy and living with hair loss. Similarly post menopausal women who may be struggling with the effects of reduced hormone levels may be feeling de-sexed and this form of questioning may be regarded as offensive.

The document continually reminds staff of the ridiculous privacy clause in the Gender Recognition Act which allows a man to hide his sex and infiltrate wards meant for the female sex. The sin of misgendering may “out” one of these men to the women who are being forced to join in this man’s cosplay. He does not women to be “alerted” to his sex and perhaps modify their behaviour as women do when they know a male is in close proximity when they are in night clothes. Notice that the also use “female” clearly believe they have already colonised the word “woman” and simply cannot bear for women to have any word that differentiates us from these men.

There is the usual glossary of terms, many of which are hugely contested such as , for example “cisgender”. I would also like to know what “minority sexual attractions” are included under this sweeping inclusion.

Any medical professional addressing me in this way 👇 would immediately forfeit my faith in their ability to practice medicine safely and make me afraid they would be discriminatory in the way they treat women, especially those with a belief in the reality of biological sex.

What is even more worrying is the misunderstanding of how deep a delusion about your biological sex can be. We have a myriad of examples of men like India Willoughby who thinks he has a cervix. Many claim to be “adult human females” and believe they have pre-menstrual tension; because delusion is part of the manifestation of the condition of “Gender Dysphoria”! Could someone be so deep in this immersive fiction that they refuse to reveal their sex/ have it recorded even though your biological sex matters in many interactions with medical care? The guidance is keen to advise patients that they can conceal their sex on medical records. This seems reckless considering they are claiming they want to best possible care for patients in denial about their sex.

Sex Matters in Medicine

Sex Matters in medicine as covered in this book. Especially for women because men are treated as the default human and research into the female sex is treated as a lower priority.

This is just one example.

As usual the full document is linked below. I am sure other people will find other egregious elements in the guidance. My main issue is the cult like thinking, the indoctrination and the wholesale embrace of an ideology which harms women and our gay and autistic, or otherwise vulnerable, youth.

abc-lgbt-inclusive-communication

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Mridhul Wadwha

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I came across Wadwha’s submission to the Transgender Equality Inquiry when I began a series to look at all the contributions. This has proved to be quite a time consuming endeavour and will be a long term project. You can see all the written submissions at this link below. Many are anonymous but some familiar names appear.

Written Submissions to Trans Equality Inquiry

Mridhul, for anyone unfamiliar with him, is a man who describes himself as a woman and has used this identity to take a paid post, at a rape crisis centre. Under U.K law these posts can be restricted to females which makes it an attractive proposition for these men. Wadwha has taken his need to be accepted, as a woman, to extreme lengths. What kind of man uses rape victims as validation aids and what kind of women aid and abet him? This is him from six years ago in a YouTube promoting the need for a self-declaration, Gender Recognition Bill. The “people just had to accept it” is a revealing form of expression; dripping with male entitlement. Link below, at 4:44. This YouTube also includes an appearance from Vic Valentine the pink news “journalist”.

Pink Saltire.

This is Mridhul laughing about lying about his biological sex to infiltrate the women’s aid sector. He really is laughing. He then became the CEO of Edinburgh rape crisis even though he LIED and is a man! This clip is via Wings of Scotland’s YouTube account.

Edinburgh Rape Crisis receives a large amount of funding from the Scottish National Party (SNP), also the National Lottery and the tampax fund. Here is Mridul with Nicola Sturgeon. Mridhul would go on to stand as a candidate for the SNP but he did eventually resign from the party. (When I started this piece I did not know it would end with Sturgeon’s resignation)!

Mridul’s departure from the party was in protest at a vote to allow female rape victims the right to refuse to be examined by a male. This gives you the measure of the man.

Astonishingly he remains at Edinburgh rape crisis despite some of his public pronouncements. Let us take a look at a few of them.

The above was a comment on the Guilty Feminist podcast. The comments appeared to be linked to the ongoing debate about female only services for victims of sexual assault. Wadwha’s response was in the vein of “even bigots get raped” but don’t expect not to be challenged over your “prejudices”

In the wake of the backlash to these comments the Scottish Green Party weighed in to support him, is issuing a statement via Maggie Chapman.

What Chapman failed to add is that she herself had worked at Edinburgh Rape Crisis.

Of course we have seen much more of Chapman in her disgraceful performance over the Scottish Gender Recognition Bill.

Chapman is on the extremist wing in relation to Gender Identity Ideology. She had this to say before the Scottish Parliament vited down amendments to stop rapists getting legal recognition as “women”.

You can watch this in full, below, on Alf Up a Tree’s Youtube: Alf is an important chronicler of this moment in history.

Maggie Chapman

In his submission, to the Transgender Equality Inquiry, Wadwha begins by boasting about his involvement in the Rape Crisis centre and in aid for womens of domestic abuse. He also reveals that he has manage to inveigle his way into the police service to provide training. He is also writing publications for the Scottish Government on forced marriage.

He also reveals his affiliation with Scottish Trans Alliance.

In this next paragraph he seems keen to let us know that his has stolen a paid role from a woman. He also provides some statements about “trans” victims he also makes it clear he includes “cross-dressers” under the “trans” umbrella. There is no data to back up his claim that rates of violence against the “trans” community are comparable to male violence against women and girls.

He extends those point to call for working together to oppose all forms of “gender” based violence in a move known as force-teaming.

He then moves swiftly to demand an end to the legal provisions that allow women to exclude men like Wadwha from imposing himself in a space for vulnerable survivors of male sexual violence.

He then proceeds to call for mandatory training on “trans” issues and for all women only refuges to be denied government funding.

He ends with a series of demands about “trans” migrants.

This is Wadwha’s submission

TRA0219 -Mridul Wadwha

I will just end with some clips from an interview which Wadwha did with The Student.

Interview

A couple of clips jumped out at me. He is, of course, afforded female pronouns throughout. I am sure I am not the first person to notice what a strange emphasis he had in the interview on orgasm during rape.

He also makes a rather tone deaf observation about how he tries to keep the work “fun”

He also has the gall to say that men couldn’t possibly do the work he does.

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Scottish Prison Service: Training

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Somebody alerted me to the training from The Scottish Prison Service on dealing with “trans” prisoners. It’s freely available, for now, on YouTube. You can watch it here:

SPS Training

The Scottish Prison Service is utterly in thrall to, ideologically motivated, Lobby groups. 👇. They seem quite unabashed by this, which is unsurprising because both these groups have received funding and endorsement from Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP). The SNP fund these Lobby groups to erm, Lobby them, thereby creating a superficial appearance that they are simply responding to grass roots organisations. In reality the SNP is in fact imposing this, incredibly unpopular, ideology on Scottish citizens with zero respect for democracy.

First we hear from Teresa Medhurst, who is keen to claim that SPS policy is based on legislative requirements imposed by, not only the Scottish Government, but Westminster (i.e. the U.K government of which the Scottish Parliament is a devolved administration).

This is followed by an appearance by James Morton, a female who is part of Scottish Trans Alliance.

I have covered the work of James Morton before. This is something to remember about Morton, something included in this book: 👇 Trans Britain. The STA strategised that if the state could get away with putting men in women’s prisons it would be easier to spread this policy across public services. They were right, as we can see from the widespread adoption of these policies in the NHS and the ubiquitous sex denialism in schools.

Next we meet Vince, the Equality and Diversity manager, who talks about “birth gender” and social gender.

It seems the prison service are going with whatever the prisoner demands in terms of intimate body searching and allocation, which I assume refers to which sex does the searching and, possibly, also their accommodation within the prison estate.

What this means is that females are expected to conduct searches on members of the opposite sex. The training does not indicate what happens if a Prison Officer identifies as a member of the opposite sex. The Prisoner Reform Trust has this to say about being searched by a member of the opposite sex.

The training then goes back to Morton who talks about how distressing it is to not identify with your birth sex and how it often leads to bullying and isolation. Naturally no appeal to emotion would be complete with reference to suicide.

Morton also proceeds to undermine the legally protected characteristic of SEXual orientation by divorcing sex from sexual attraction. She explains that a “trans” person can be Lesbian, gay, bisexual or have no sexual attraction. This creates the notion of male “Lesbians” and this is why same sex attracted females sounded the alarm about this ideology decades ago, They were the canaries in the coal-mine who witnessed the colonisation of their spaces by men, claiming to be Lesbians.

Next we meet a trans-identified male who claims to be a woman. Rebecca Kent is a volunteer for Scottish Trans Alliance and is shown being searched by female officers whilst claiming he is distressed about having body parts that do not match his “gender identity”. We are then shown footage of Kent being searched by two female officers. It seems he prefers to show those distressing body parts to females. Quelle Surprise.

It is noteworthy that this image of an obvious female who, presumably, is to be searched by these two burly blokes is not accompanied by any commentary. Just this image. 👇

The search of the female shows non intrusive aspects of the search so nobody has to imagine a female stripping off her clothes and, perhaps, having intimate searching, which can involve cavity searches, to assess whether any contraband has been inserted into bodily orifices.

We then move on to a representative of NHS Scotland who explains that a prisoner can still access to hormones and surgeries, all on the NHS, and whilst being incarcerated.

Finally back to Morton who illustrates how deeply embedded the Trans Lobby group are in the Scottish Prison Service. Here Morton is shown being welcomed by the SPS Equality Manager. Morton informs us that, in addition to helping author prison policy, the role of Scottish Trans Alliance extends to advising on individual cases of “trans” prisoners.

This forms part of a series on Scottish Prisons which you can find here:

Scottish Prison Service

You can also read more on James Morton here:

James Morton: Trans Britain (Part 16)

A lot of damage has been done by females in flight from their sex. My compassion for their confusion about biological reality, is somewhat tempered by the harms they are doing to other women.

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Prisoner guidance from the PAS. 1

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Given the topicality of the issue of prisons someone signposted me to two documents they provide on “trans” prisoners and a separate document on LGB prisoners, from the Prisoner’s Advice Service. Before I cover their guidance for “trans” prisoners I wanted to look at PAS.

You can find their website here:

Prisoner’s Advice Service

This is a registered company and a charity which operates in England and Wales. I have had a look at their records and nothing rings any alarm bells for any of the named Trustees.

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Then I went through their, publicly available, accounts from 2017 (earliest available). They make a point of saying they don’t take any government funding but, as a consequence, they are reliant on fund raising and this has exposed them to the many charitable foundations who use philanthropy to further their pet projects. Arundhati Roy called this “parlaying wealth into power”; nowhere is this more evident than in the societal grooming that has sold us synthetic sex identities, so named by Jennifer Bilek. This is a clip from Capitalism a Ghost story.

Sadly this quote begins with Roy describing “queer” activism and “sex worker” rights as a positive so it seems Roy, herself, has had her feminism circumscribed by the proponents of queer theory.

With this in mind I combed the accounts and annual reports of PAS to see who was funding them and who they were any partnerships that provided a clue on their stance on women’s sex based rights. The first clue was reference to training with a group calling themselves “Rights of Women”.

Below are the people who fund ROW, as documented in their own accounts. Esmee Fairbairn crops up a lot as a foundation who bankrolls “trans” ideologue groups as does Comic Relief and of course Garden Court Chambers who were the Law group involved in the Alison Bailey case.

To be fair to them I can find no evidence they are seriously committed to the “trans women are women” mantra though, though they do have this statement on their website.

It is telling that they do not appear to have spoken out about a male rapist being moved to the female estate but did find time to promote an event with Dr Proudman, who they follow on twitter and who had this to say.

I am straying into potential “fallacy of association” territory here but their follow list includes Nancy Kelley, of Stonewall, Stephen Whittle, trans-activist and a male barrister who is “trans” identified and is active in dismantling women’s rights; Moira White.

More digging in their public accounts reveal that PAS also partnered with trans advocacy groups. Bent Behind Bars and TELI.

The Trans Equality Legal Initiative (TELI) was founded by Tara Hewitt . Helen Belcher is also named as a co founder at the launch event held at Garden Court Chambers, A post about the launch is below.

T.E.L.I launch

Tara Hewitt is a trans-identified male who holds senior post in the NHS. He is also an ex Tory election candidate, anti-abortion, Catholic and a proponent of Bondage and sado-masochism.

You can read more about Tara Hewitt here:

Tara Hewitt: NHS.

For completeness I should also acknowledge the PAS also reference Karen Monaghan, now KC who has acted for many “gender critical” cases. It is perfectly possible that PAS are negotiating a difficult path trying not to betray female prisoners whilst also dependent on funding from those who want prisons organised on “Gender Identity” and not sex.

Something else I noticed was their partnership with Blackrock. We know from some diligent research, by Alan Neale, that Blackrock have investments in puberty blockers /cross sex hormones

On Blackrock.

Another Trust, Tudor Trust, I have encountered before also granted then £22,000 along with the Paul Cottingham Trust, who are new to me.

Most of the foundations, funding PAS, are not familiar to me, so, I will link them in case anyone is able to follow up these links. I did have a closer look at the Denton Charitable Trust,because of the Denton’s report, and because PAS report that Denton’s provided some legal help. 👇