C. Burns: Trans Britain (Part 6)

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Mermaids

Chapter 4 covers the controversial charity, Mermaids. Using a pseudonym, a mum who “transitioned” her son speaks. At the time “Margaret Griffiths” was in her seventies so Her child will be in their forties, at least, by the time of the (2018) publication of Trans Britain.

The mother explains her route into becoming an advocate for her “daughter” while she was a stay at home mum. These two things may not be unconnected. She ended up with a role at Mermaids, on the committee, dealing with a lot of press enquiries given her availability.

Like a lot of these children “Lisa” had a history of being bullied and not fitting in at school and was also highly intelligent.

She is at pains to dispel any notion that she was unhappy about her child’s sex and claims that if she had expressed a preference it would have been for a boy as she had fond memories of the younger brother, who was ten years younger. The issue of “Lisa’s” gender identity came to a head when her son was fourteen years old and refusing to go to school.

Lisa is described as not “notably effeminate” and she “hid her problem well” . He also had not expressed any issues as a young child. What she had was a gentle son who did not like rough and tumble and who may have been a gay boy.

It is not clear what her /her husband’s attitude to having a gay son was, unlike Susie Green of modern day mermaids who made this statement in her Ted Talk.

“Margaret” sought for explanations for her son refusing to go to school and runs through a check list of issues. Again this is someone looking back in 2018 but the story bears additional scrutiny. She has just told us her son was getting bullied in the same chapter but here she says she asked him about that and she seems to have accepted his denial. He also denied being gay.

We are then told that they happened to see the story of Caroline Cossey (a “transsexual” and model who was outed by the press). She describes her reaction as one of pity for the experience Cossey was undergoing. Learning about Cossey, as she tells us, inspired her to ask her son if this was the problem.

”Lisa” was asked if he was happy being a boy and, as she describes it, his mum immediately accepted this and promised to fight for the way to deal with this problem.

This is a familiar trajectory in the parents I have covered. An immediate acceptance that this is the issue and a switch to activist mode. It maybe also be significant that she was a reader of Family Circle; which is quite a conservative publication sparking a backlash when it featured a gay couple as late as 2014.

She discovers an organisation set up by a therapist, Fran Springfield, and is disconcerted by the deep voice of the “transsexual” who answered the phone.

Things move pretty fast, from an outside perspective. We have already switched to a new name and referrals to the Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health Services end in frustration as her son is fixated on “gender reassignment”.

Soon both the G.P. and the mother are demanding action and this results in a referral to the Gender Identity Services, led by Domenico Di Ceglie.

You can read more about Di Ceglie in my series on him, below. 👇

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“Lisa” is soon on puberty blocking drugs and the mum seems quite keen to point out her son was one of the first to be given puberty blockers, maybe even the first. Lisa seems to have embarked on this course of treatment age 14/15. (Since 2011 the Tavistock have been giving PBs to children from as young as aged ten).

Griffiths argues that the treatment is safe (and reversible) because the drugs have been used for decades in children with precocious puberty. This is a common argument and there are a few problems with it. In experiments on Sheep it was shown to lower IQ. Most of the research is on females. Girls put on lupron, in the U.S, for precocious puberty have taken legal action over the consequences. Given that Griffith’s first came across a quite beautiful model, in Caroline Cossey, and then a “transsexual” with a deep voice it seems that she is in a race against time to make sure her son “passes”.

To Griffith’s this preserves her son’s option and he will be better able to fit in. She goes on to say that allowing a natural puberty is not a neutral act.

This clip confirms the close relationship between Mermaids and the Tavistock. Griffith’s describes their relationship as one of mutual dependence.

Apparently adult “trans-identified” males were involved from the start. Given the link between computer specialists and a “trans” identity it is no surprise one of them was able to set up their website. I cannot find any information about Pamela Crossland but there is some public information about Krystyna Haywood.

Krystyna has stood for public office, for two different political parties in true trans fashion.

Haywood was also a social worker and remains on the register.

Here is a clip from an article about Haywood. The main thrust of the article was Haywood complaining that “sexual reassignment surgery” was delayed on the NHS. This is also not the first “trans” identified person who talks of the loss of a twin.

There follows a bit of a discussion about how one of the children chose the name Mermaids. Below it is made clear that the Beaumont Society were donating money. Beaumont Society started out as a support group for adult, male, transvestites. Press for Change was the organisation set up by Chris Burns and Stephen Whittle, among others. The donation from Pete Burns was a surprise to me.

Pete Burns was a pop star from Liverpool who was married for 25 years, to a woman, and then married a man, before his death at 57. Along the way he had series of extreme plastic surgeries and remedial procedures. This is Pete Burn’s speaking in his final interview which makes sense of his support for Mermaids.

The mum claims it all worked out well but Lisa still has “issues”. This is how parents justify a razor focus on “gender” to sort that out before worrying about any other issues. The other justification is that if you don’t do this your kids will commit suicide. That’s just a lie.

There is plenty more to come from this book. It seems worth it to document the links between these groups and the same names cropping up. Someone suggested I do a Spider diagram which I may do, once I figure out what one is. 😂.

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Mermaids: Transgender Equality Inquiry: Written Submissions

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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.

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I will looking at all the submissions and cover the newsworthy ones. This will be an ongoing project.

Mermaids

Since Mermaids are in the dock at the moment let’s start with them. Here is their written submission:

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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: 👇

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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.

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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:

Open Oral Evidence Megan Key et al

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Council of Europe: Moral Panic

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After looking at a document produced by a coalition of Philanthropic organisations, and Children’s charities, I came across another, eerily similar, publication produced by the Council of Europe. The COE also claim there is a rising tide of hatred, against LGBTI people, across Europe and they also assert that women, fighting for sex based rights, are somehow part of this “hatred”.

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The Council of Europe is not to be confused with the European Union. The Council of Europe are a separate organisation, though their website makes it clear they work in concert with the European Union.

The United Kingdom is amongst the countries shamed for its “virulent attacks” on the rights of LGBTI people. This is possibly a reference to the successful defeat of an attempt to allow males to Self-Identify as women. I have looked at the legal cases the COE proclaim as good news and one was a man in France who successfully argued he should be allowed o identify as a woman without going through Sexual Reassignment Surgery. The COE points out that such surgery leads to sterilisation and therefore should not be enforced. I wonder at the hypocrisy of allowing children to consent to sterilisation procedures (which is the outcome of being put on Puberty Blockers which invariably lead to cross-sex hormones) whilst, simultaneously, claiming sterilisation is a barbaric outcome when applied to a grown man!

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The language used in the report is straight out of Trans Rights manuals/ queer theory philosophers. The authors simply cannot conceive of spontaneous, grass roots, women led, activism which objects to the impact of Gender Identity Ideology on our sex class. They badge the opposition as “highly conservative”, use the offensive language of “Cis” and deploy people with disorders of sexual development to shore up their argument. Below they have the temerity to include, as an afterthought, that Gender based violence also affects women! Who knew?

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Naturally they describe gender-critical feminists are “anti-trans” rather than pro-women. They claim concerns about the negative impact of Gender Ideology, on women and children, are false. We are, apparently, denying the very existence of LGBTI people and undermining social cohesion. The sex which is being reduced to cervix-havers, persons who bleed etc is accused of dehumanising LGBTI people! They ignore the people in this fight because who are Lesbians and Gay men and object to being told their sexuality is based on ”genital fetishism”. The people labelled Intersex are people with recognised medical conditions and it is not GC feminists who are reducing them to an ”identity”.

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The above paragraph is eerily reminiscent of the document I covered in earlier blogs.

Manufacturing Moral Panic: 3

Like the Global Philanthropy Project they do not like the fact we are exposing their ideology. They cannot accept feminists fight for the rights of our SEX. The argument that redefining our sex class to include males, the oppressor class, doesn’t impact on the group you are colonising is laughable.

Here they make the case for all member states to make sure minors are taught Gender Identity Ideology. As the Jesuits say ”Give me the boy at seven and I will give you the (wo)man”. Why are they so keen to indoctrinate minors? Teaching children that we all have a Gender Identity is social engineering.

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The backlash, to the spread of Gender Identity Ideology, always had the potential to be indiscriminate and the legislative moves in Hungary confirmed our worst fears. Far from allying with right-wing governments many of us have been at pains to warn the Left from emboldening attacks on hard won Gay, and women’s rights. Hungary has just introduced their own version of Section 28.

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In an era when the rights of U.K women to assemble, peacefully, to discuss women’s rights is under attack it is beyond irony to see the COE posing as a defender of freedom of expression, association and assembly.

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It must take quite a lot of cognitive dissonance to have an ideology that claims access to endocrinologist’s services is a human right and life-saving whilst also defending the rights of, de-medicalised men to claim legal recognition as female. Yet our law makers have gone along with it.

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Women’s rights to Fair competition in sport are, we are told, akin to racism. Not content with the destruction of female sports the COE also demand access to facilities of the opposite sex.

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It common tactic to conflate sex segregation with apartheid. David Lammy uses this argument all the time. Here he is speaking for the Gender Recognition Bill in 2004. (Source: Hansard).

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The resistance to Gender Identity Ideology has clearly been noticed by the COE so, what is their response? They lobby for public education campaigns to re-educate the public about ”Gender Identities”. They urge nation states to re-educate it’s citizens to counter what they claim are “misleading or false narratives”. If only the proponents of this ideology had considered the impact of harmful masculinities, before dismantling the protections society evolved to minimise the risk to women and children.

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Mermaids

Further evidence that Mermaids are being allowed to steer policy on this issue. A lobby group for “Transgender Youth” was invited to discuss the issues with Council of Europe. Elsewhere the document refers it’s readers to a parliamentary committee which took oral evidence from Lui Asquith, of Mermaids, as well as Nancy Kelley of Stonewall. 👇

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Are women the penetrated class now?

Wel, well, well. I assume here they are avoiding the terms man/male or woman/female and came up with the delightful penetrators or penetrated. 😳. Below is an attempt to persuade us the badging of men who are insufficiently masculine as inferior is a worse atrocity than telling those self-same men they might just be girls and legalising castration.

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Here the COE claim those with a concern about Gender Identity Ideology are of a Conservative, Christian disposition. They claim we are also against abortion and same sex marriage. I don’t doubt that people who have these values also don’t believe men can, literally, change sex but sharing one opinion doesn’t mean we share a world view. A recognition that biological sex exists is pretty important to defend same SEX orientation and women’s sex based rights. What doesn’t seem to occur to the proponents of this ideology that they have handed a weapon the right to use against actual progressive values like Gay/Women’s rights. It is easier to see the backlash as evidence of a gender critical conspiracy than acknowledge the negative consequences of pretending men can become women.

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Naturally the COE are also listening to the discredited lobby group that is Stonewall.

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They point to a rise of “anti-gender rhetoric” which they badge as anti LGBTI. This serves to conflate homophobia with a backlash to the excesses of the Trans lobby: a dangerous idea which ensures the LGB are caught up with the rejection of Gender Ideology.

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This next clip is disingenous and misleading as well as being downright offensive by referring to women as “persons who have wombs”. Women know biological sex exists and we also agree, to varying degrees, that “gender” is based on sex stereotypes. Characteristics deemed to be typically “feminine” are, partly, culturally determined and vary over time. feminists know this. Different strands of Gender Critical feminism may debate the role, and extent, of Nature versus Nurture but we don’t deny the existence of biological sex. I would dare the authors to tell Butch lesbians they don’t celebrate diverse expression. In respect of non-binary I really cannot take that seriously. We used to celebrate subverting sex stereotypes/gender; we didn’t tell gender benders they should take opposite sex hormones and chop their cocks off.

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This section is saying the quiet part outloud. If the re-education doesn’t work we will utilise financial levers to make sure you comply. This is a tactic used to great (by which I mean bad) effect in the U.K as funders make being “trans-inclusive” a condition for women’s refuges/rape crisis etc.

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Here the COE detail the type of extremist application of notions of gender to include the full panopoly of genderqueer, genderfluid, agenda. They also give a nod to those cultures who provided accomodations, usually of gay men, by creating categories like Fa’afafine or the Hjira.

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Note 51 links to a YouTube video which I will cover in another blog because it sheds light on the evidence they rely on about attacks on trans people and their tactics to silence women defending sex based rights. I decided to follow up this link and it does not quite say what the author’s of this report claim but you can read my piece on that below.

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Panel on Anti-Trans Backlash.

Here is a long section on the United Kingdom claiming that sex is immutable is labelled anti-trans rhetoric despite being a verifiable fact. Liz Truss is singled out for opposing the right of anyone to identify as the opposite sex based in their own assessment. Naturally this generated major concern from women fearful of the loss of single sex spaces. As usual there is a heavy reliance on hate crime incidents which are based on the self-perception of individuals who identify as victims. Reference 55 links a report, by Lobbying group, Galop. I had a look at the document and here are two clips about the transphobic abuse. The concept of second hand transphobia, outlined below, was a new one on me.

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The link for Lui Asquith is to a parliamentary committee at which Lui Asquith spoke in March, 2021. I am astonished at so much credence being paid to this organisation and their they/them legal advisor. This is a clip from that parliamentary committee. Listen to how Lui talks about rising rates of de-transition amidst the growing scandal of, mostly young lesbians, who regret the medical interventions they have undertaken. The way Lui waxes lyrical about non-linear journey’s you would not think she was talking about young women missing breasts, wombs, sometimes ovaries, many of whom will be rendered sterile.

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I dont think Lui changing her pronouns is quite the same “non-linear, experience” had by the young Lesbian, detransitioners.

Not to be outdone the European Parliament itself has produced its own version about rising LGBTI hate and points the finger at the Kremlin! I will cover that document at some point.

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Witch Hunts: Erasing Women. 1

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People who get called Witches

I was prompted to do a series of threads on the European Witch Hunts after I came across this paper (linked below) which seemed to studiously avoid any reference to the sex of the Witches.

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I remain irked by the failure to interrogate why the overwhelming victims were women but, on revisiting the paper, I think it offers a vantage point which explains the current witch-hunts against ”Terfs” and “Transphobesand the campaign against LGB Alliance. Bear with me while I explain.

The author’s hypthesis is based on the idea that the geographic distribution of the witchcraft trials correlated with rivalry between different religions. Catholics and Protestants were competing for market share. They provide a lot of analysis to examine other theories such as weather, income and state capacity.

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The Woman Question

Throughout the paper the witches are described as people or persons, never women. The author has clearly read some of the same texts I covered in my dissertation; on feminist approaches to the with hunts in England and Wales. However he mentions this theory only in a tiny footnote.

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Mary Barstow and Christina Larner analyse the phenomenon through a woman’s lens for a reason. Here is a clip from Larner’s book which I will cover in part two. The figures are quite stark. The percentage of females shows some variability within the United Kingdom, but the vast majority were female. It does not however invalidate their theory of religious rivalry, it just illustrates that women’s bodies are the main casualties in power struggles. It also sheds light on why men, raising concerns about Gender Identity Ideology, don’t get the same, aggressive, responses.

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Religious Rivalry: Market Share

Let’s leave aside any feminist theories, relating to widespread misogyny, I will unpick that in part 2. It is perfectly possible that the battle, for religious market share, was the main cause and that the main victims were female, because of misogyny.

In mainland Europe there was a battle for market dominance between the Catholic and Protestant churches. In England and Scotland the battle was between the Anglican and Presbyterians, given they had already broken, pretty decisively, with the Catholic church. In the battle for congregations a belief in witches was leveraged, by both sides. Here the author links this to political campaigns to attract undecided voters. Is this why Labour MPs are picking Gender Identity Ideology over the women they call dinosaurs and bigots?

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The authors present wide-ranging data to show correlations between areas of intense religious rivalry with high rates of witch hunting. They also interrogate data showing links with bad weather, a weakened state and the rise of judicial torture. They conclude that their own hypothesis is more strongly supported, by the data, than the other theories.

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This is the conclusion from the data they analysed. Religious market contestation was the key cause of higher rates of witch hunts,

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Here are some of the ways in which religious groups compete for dominance, bear this in mind when you consider the ways in which pseudo-secular, Gender Identity lobby groups, compete for market share. Protestants leveraged their relative youth to badge the Catholic Church as corrupt they also followed the age old seizure of young minds by colonising education. Catholics followed suit and also began a series of give-away Saints and beatifications to enhance their market appeal.

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Gendered Souls & Gender Apostates

In a more secular world political parties, who identify as left progressives, have embraced Identity politics with alacrity; including Gender Identity Ideology. The doctrinal differences, which have emerged in the last two decades, centre on a belief, or not, in the idea of an innate Gender Identity. We can think of this as a Gendered soul, since it is unverifiable and relies on a faith like belief system. In the United Kingdom the main opposition parties have thrown their might behind belief in Gendered souls and prioritised this above the bodies of actual women. They have also cast out the unbelievers, the witches, from their political parties. The glee with which our Left Wing comrades have hunted down the apostates is eerily reminiscient of accounts of the Witch-Finder Generals, or as the Scots called them Common Prickers. On the left our Matthew Hopkins is Owen Jones.

The quasi-religious belief that a man can be born with a female soul and vice versa has swept across the globe and Trans Women Are Women has become an axiom of the British Left. The belief in an innate Gender Identity has been promoted by Stonewall, Mermaids, Gendered Intelligence and LGBT Foundation, among others. However, latterly we have seen the emergence of another group, LGB Alliance who assert a belief in biological sex and how it is central for the protected characteristic of sexual orientation. LGB Alliance has stormed into this debate like a veritable Martin Luther in the religio-gender wars. Are we at the outset of a Gender Reformation?

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So what did our religious forbears do to oppose the upstart new competition? They improved their offer, offering indulgences and used education to inculcate belief in our children. The used a belief in witches to hold up a common enemy and punishment to discourage non-believers. The authors also draw a comparison between the Stalinist purges and the Chinese Cultural Revolution: The treatment meeted out to JK Rowling, Maya Forstater, Helen Scotow and even Miranda Yardley (transsexual, male) is all designed to crush dissent in the same way. Resistance is punished.

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Monopolistic religions had another tool in their armoury.

Coercive Exclusion

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LGB Alliance is the Martin Luther of the biological sex believers. They must be removed from the arena lest they get more followers and threaten the hegemony of Gender Identity Ideology. Targetting terfs and transphobes and metaphorical witch-burning has not proved sufficient. LGB Alliance must have its legitimacy removed. One way to do this is to strip them of their Charity status and brand them a hate group. This is what a collection of Trans ideology disseminating charities have banded together to undertake:

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Amidst the usual transperbole about LGB Alliance these are two revealing statements: First up their belief that it isn’t fair, that LGB Alliance are engaging in cruelty, and the deliberate falsification that a belief in the immutability of biological sex equates to a belief in biological essentialism.

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Its about money and market dominance

Once you cut through the hyperbole and mis-representations we get to the heart of the matter. LGB Alliance threatens Mermaid’s market share. Here they admit this:

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Mermaids want to annihilate the opposition by de-legitimising LGB Alliance and diverting resources away from activities to provide assistance to Gender Dysphoric kids who may, if left alone, turn out to be simply gay males or Lesbians.

I will leave you with the immortal words of Talcum X. Not often I agree with Owen Jones 1984 but he is spot on here:

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Looked After Children & Gender Dysphoria 1

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The first alarm bells rung for me when this court case was heard. Lancashire County Council tried to withdraw the case but the foster parents involved insisted it went ahead. The parents argued a public airing was the only way to to remove any slur on their reputation. I am grateful for their stance because it has allowed us to see the arguments played out in public.

Here is a link to the source for the legal judgement and a PDF copy.

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Lancashire County Council v TP & Ors(Permission to Withdraw Care Proceedings) [2019] EWFC 30 (09 May 2019)

It’s a complex judgement involving multiple interested parties; hence the number of legal representatives. The concerns centre on two of the children, one biological and one fostered, though wider issues were raised about the other 3 foster children in the family. The case raises concerns in respect of medical diagnoses, hospital visits and the role of the parents. I will, however, only focus on the issue of Gender Dysphoria. The extract below gives a flavour of the concerns raised:

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Notwithstanding the judgement, which found in the parents favour, some witnesses expressed concern about the precipitate nature of the social transition of the two male children. Identified only as H & R, one is a biological child and another a foster child. So, they  not biologically related. Already, by age 7, R is socially transitioned and has had a formal name change. H was socially transitioned at age 4.  The parents are confident  this is a permanent state of affairs. 👇

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Furthermore, the court case reveals, the couple had an earlier foster placement who also had “Gender Identity” issues. The case notes that a number of the foster children had development or health issues. In the interests of balance it is important to remember these children had been removed from parental homes and suffered neglect / abuse prior to their arrival in this family setting.

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One of the concerns was raised by an anonymous party who is described as a member of the extended family. The Local Authority received this referral which expressed concern about three members of the same family, presenting with Gender Dysphoria. Only two of the children remain in the care of this family and it is not clear whether the previous child had been treated, medically or otherwise, for their gender Identity issues.

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It is also noted that contact had been made with the Tavistock (the U.Ks main Gender Identity Development Service) who had, in turn, referred them to Mermaids for additional support. Below are details of another case which sheds further light on the role of the judiciary in these complex cases.

The case of J (A Minor)

Mermaids is a UK charity who campaign on the issue of “transkids” and provide networking /support for parents and their children. It is worth noting that Mermaids also appeared in an earlier judgement, which they hotly contested. There were a number of similiarity in that case and the Judge, in that case made a series of criticisms about the parent, the Local Authority and the social workers involved in the case. In that case the mother lost custody of her male child. I include a transcript and some excerpts from that case below.

J (A Minor), Re [2016] EWHC 2430 (Fam) (21 October 2016)

Here is a sample of the judges criticisms in that case.  These concerns were not negligible.  Failure in safeguarding, naivety and professional arrogance. 👇 Damning! 

Below is an ipso ruling over a complaint, from Mermaids, about press coverage of the above case. This is also worth reading.

Mermaids v The Times

The Times made a number of points and one of them was based on a facebook post made by Mermaids. In the post they expressed outrage the judge was alleged to have ordered the parents to cease engagement with the charity. Below are two excerpts from the Ipso ruling. Not the clean bill of health they may have been hoping for…😳

Back to the Lancashire case. 

The court heard from a previous report, echoing that of Lisa North, who described the parents (CP & TP) as “highly manipulative people” and expressed concern that the Gender Identity issues were the result of the parent’s behaviour and part of a pattern of seeking medical diagnoses.

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Ms Sayer, quoted below assigns more benign motivations to CP’s attitude to the Gender Dysphoria diagnosis. Nevertheless she expresses concern about how they could revert to their “assigned gender” after being socially transitioned.

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The court next heard from an expert in the field of Gender Dysphoria. Dr Pasterski is one of a handful of experts who appear regularly in these court cases. One of the difficulties for the judicial system is a reliance on people who work in this field and, by definition, believe that Gender Identity is innate.

Dr Pasterski is familiar to me as she made an appearance in an earlier court case. This case was of a thrice married man, with seven children, and a conviction for obtaining explosives with intent to endanger life, who nevertheless manages to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate. (Remember this case when people argue how difficult it is to get legal recognition. In this case a single judge overturned the decision of the Gender Recognition Panel)

You can read about that case here: 👇

Ms Jay

Here is an excerpt, from the judicial transcript in the Ms Jay case, in which the Gender Recognition Panel cast doubt on the reliability of Dr Pasterski’s evidence. 

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Dr Pasterski is introduced, in the Lancashire case, with an emphasis on her 23 years of experience as a chartered psychologist and a gender identity specialist. I imagine the judge placed great weight on her testimony.  Here Dr Pasterski rubbishes well established data on the number of children who desist from a trans-identity.  She does this  using the argument that anyone who desists from a trans identity was wrongly diagnosed. De-transitioners commonly face this argument.  Despite having an actual diagnosis of “Gender Dysphoria”, from the Tavistock, it is frequently argued Keira Bell was not really “transgender”.  The same people insist any diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria  is so reliable it can be used to justify early intervention.  Both these things cannot be true.  Dr Pasterski also dismisses the idea of extensive co-morbidities in this demographic. I wish the Judge had asked for evidence of this because it contradicts all the research I have undertaken. (Something I will cover later in this series, specifically in relation to Foster Children).

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During the case we also learn the family fostered a child from June 2004 to 2007 and this child also had “gender identitiy issues”. We don’t discover if this child had persisted, or where they are now, or whether they left simply due to reaching age of majority.

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Dr Pasterski refrains from commenting on the third child but dismisses concerns about the likelihood of their being two (which as we know was really three) children with a diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria, in one family. Pasterski emphasises that the condition has a basis in neurological or biological functioning and claims she has seen multiple cases in one family. This is a claim which could have done with more interrogation. Firstly the evidence for a neurological or biological basis for an innate Gender Identity is by no means settled science. (There are numerous articles debunking this claim which I cover elsewhere on this blog but the common element seems to be the concept of neuroplasticity.) Secondly it seems important to note that these three children were not biologically related all they have in common is the environment in which they are being brought up.

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So, what prompted the School to make a referral to Children’s Services? There were concerns of fabricated and induced illness in respect of four children in the care of CP and TP and a reported concern about a casual reference to “here’s another one for the Tavistock” by TP.

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In the final analysis the judgement determined that the children should remain in the care of these foster parents. A successful defence was mounted in relation to the hospital visits. These, it was argued, could be attributed to hyper vigilance, especially because at least one child had pre-existing conditions. The other incidents were designated as not more than a normal rates of accidents. Gender Identity experts dismissed concerns about why there would be two ( in reality there were three) foster placements who developed Gender Identity Issues.

This court case has been covered many times before, hence I have not, previously, included it on my blog. I cover it now because it will form part one of a series on “Looked After Children”. I will be looking at research based on GIDs data. I will also look at British Columbia (Canada). I will also cover published guidance given to foster carers. Since I indicated I would be covering this, my in-box is filling up with useful research and first hand accounts. I am being sent replies indicating this is a problem in Brazil, Australia and the United States and that it is a particular issue in indigenous communities.

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Amnesty U.K. What’s going on?

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Like many people I have ceased to donate to Amnesty following the revelation they took advice from Pimp Lobby groups before deciding to adopt the stance #SexWorkIsWork. The majority of the sold are women and the purchasers are, almost invariably, male no matter the sex of those being traded. A purported human rights organisation which prioritises male sexual entitlement over their victims is a Human Rights organisation only because they self-identify as such. 👇

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You can read about this in full here https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/22/pimp-amnesty-prostitution-policy-sex-trade-decriminalise-brothel-keepers

As if to remove all doubt about their anti-women stance Amnesty Ireland recently castigated women for defending their sex based rights. Below is an astonishing foray into the controversy of allowing men to self-identify as women. Women who point out the conflict with sex based rights are lazily conflated with far right organisations and, Amnesty argues, should be denied representation for these views.

You can read more in this article, by Julie Bindel, below. 👇

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However, today I want to talk about Amnesty’s startling intervention in the Keira Bell case. Full details of this case are below. The brief summary is that, in the U.K., a high court judgment has halted administration of puberty blockers, to under 16s, without a court order I have done many posts on the Tavistock and on Puberty Blockers. I have long expressed concern about setting children, as young as ten, on an irreversible path to lifelong dependence on the pharmaceutical industry. So why are a Human Rights organisation setting themselves against this judgement? The presiding, High Court, judges did not believe that children, under 16, could give informed consent to an experimental treatment with such significant implications; for physical and psychological development. They further cautioned, even for those age 16 and 17, an endocrinologist may wish to get court approval. Blog on this case below:

Kiera Bell: Judicial Review

Here was Amnesty U.K proclaiming their support for attempts to overturn the decision. 

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A cursory look at Amnesty financial statements demonstrate their adherence to the tenets of Transgender Ideology, Here is a statement which states a goal to protect “Gender Identity”. No definition is provided, naturally. It is impossible to define “Gender Identity” without using circular references. How can you have an “internal sense of oneself”, as a woman or a man, without first defining your terms? Invariably they depend on sexist expectations based on stereotypes. This is why so many of these conversations are a dead end.

A cursory glacé at their accounts shows they have one project to look at sex based issues which impact on women and girls. Female Genital Mutilation and forced, early, marriage. A lot of these charities, with an international remit, recognise sex based oppression and abuse, when it occurs overseas, but deny it in the Northern Hemisphere. I do wonder who runs the cognitive dissonance department. 👇. (Dilbert)

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Perhaps the explanation for the stance Amnesty U.K. takes is influenced by the chair of their LGBTI network which tells its own tale 👇

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Note that, in the Keira Bell case, both Mermaids and Stonewall were refused permission to intervene in the case because their evidence was deemed to have no bearing on the case. That’s a damning indictment of their preparedness /evidence supplied in this case. Amnesty: Do you know who you are allying with?

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