A trawl through the written evidence submitted. This will be a series.
Here is the link where you can find all the written submissions and watch /read transcripts of the oral evidence.
I will looking at all the submissions and cover the newsworthy ones. This will be an ongoing project.
Since Mermaids are in the dock at the moment let’s start with them. Here is their written submission:
As Belinda Bell, Mermaid’s Trustee is giving evidence in Mermaids attempt to have Charitable Status withdrawn from the U.Ks only charity exclusively for those who are same sex oriented or bisexual it seems apposite to start with them. Dr Belinda Bell is not a medical doctor and is very keen to stress that Mermaids do not given medical advice. Here are a few snippets from her testimony this morning.
Here are a few clips from their submission to the Transgender Equality Inquiry:
First up: Puberty Blockers are reversible:
The President Elect of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health), Marci Bowers, a surgeon who performs body modifications in this field and who is “trans” identified said this about puberty blockers. Especially in natal males:
Susie Green, of Mermaids, is well aware of this having joked about her son’s stunted genitalia on camera. See below: 👇
This makes the surgery much more complicated because there is not sufficient penile tissue to work with and surgeons have to be “creative” in using flesh taken from elsewhere.
Mermaids were at the forefront of lobbying for earlier treatment justifying it with arguments about minimising the need for more surgeries in future.
They were not adverse to lobbying GPs on behalf of parents as was detailed in parent testimony in my series on “trans children”
Here they are describing a “full biological puberty” an “undesirable condition” and, again warning of the undesirability of delaying the administration of puberty blockers.
In addition they promote binders but then warn about the muscoskeletal damage they can cause.
Furthermore they are well known for leveraging fears about suicide to demand earlier intervention.
There is no evidence for this claim put out by Susie Green. Not exactly the kind of language you would expect from a Charity CEO?
Here’s Susie recommending Helen Webberley, of Gender GP, who had been suspended for supplying cross sex hormones to a 12 year old and is now suspended again. Her husband and work colleague was also Doctor but he has now been struck off the medical register.
Here they are quoting a clinician arguing it could be considered unethical to “withhold treatment”.
If you have not seen enough you can read more on Susie Green and her oral testimony, to the panel of the Transgender Equality Inquiry, here:
If you want to offset the influence of funded lobby groups, and tip the balance in favour of gender critical women, on this issue, you can support my work here: