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Thomas Pascoe: Sinister transgender reforms are an assault on children


We have entered an era of state-instigated child abuse. I use that term for want of a stronger one. The transgender reforms of the Conservative leadership and the civil service are a full-on assault on the innocence and mental integrity of children; foolish in conception, lazy in design and wicked in result.

At the weekend the Sunday Times reported that Equality and Human Rights Commission would this past Monday issue a briefing on: ‘New guidelines, to be published by March, [which] will set out how to address and what pronouns to use for transgender pupils, as well as how to accommodate them in terms of changing rooms, sports teams, lavatories and uniforms. The guidelines will also deal with bullying, single-sex admissions and parental concerns.’

Who will it be briefing? Not schools nor teachers, and certainly not parents. Instead it has disclosed this information to ‘such activist groups as Mermaids, Gendered Intelligence, Gires, Stonewall and Press for Change’.

The determination to push gender confusion amongst small children is one of the most sinister government obsessions of our times. It is sustained by constant consultation with an echo-chamber of activists whose views are prioritised over those of the people it will most profoundly affect.

Will the new reforms demand that boys are admitted to girls’ changing rooms and toilets? Will they demand that teachers use the wrong pronouns to affirm an erroneous and harmful idea in the mind of a child who instead requires their wisdom and guidance? Will they demand that boys may request to be moved on to girls’ sports teams where their larger size will increase the likelihood of injury?

I cannot tell you as I do not work for Mermaids, but given the present direction of travel it would be a welcome surprise if these were not the case.

To see how damaging a policy of affirmation could be to the child concerned, consider anorexia. Like transgenderism it is a mental disorder in which a person makes an incorrect assessment of their body. Like transgenderism it can lead to severe physical changes as a result of misconceived action taken correctively – chemical castration and genital mutilation in the case of transgenderism. We do not ‘affirm’ anorexics, and because of this many recover. We must be similarly courageous when helping the transgendered.

No chance. Already the Government’s new relationship education proposals will ensure that from 2019, pre-pubescent children will be instructed in transgenderism and ordered to accept it with no parental right of withdrawal.

These reforms go beyond affirmation to promotion, presenting transgenderism as though from a menu of equally interesting and desirable life options to children as young as five.

And when these children reach the age of majority, there will be a new law waiting for them.

Earlier this year Justine Greening proposed that the Government ‘de-medicalise’ transgenderism by allowing anyone to change gender without consulting a doctor.
To do so would remove the only check in the system against bad faith. Changing gender will no longer require a medical alteration, a consultation or even a reason.
Such a policy buys social media sanctity for politicians at the price of the safety of women and children.

One academic study from Oxford University recently found that doctors refused permission for a small minority of patients to change gender because they stated that as paedophiles they believed that it would be easier for them to get closer to children if they appeared to be women. These paedophiles will meet no obstruction in this respect in future.

The state has already put a male rapist who has not undergone castration into a women’s prison because he says he is female. He has now had to be segregated from the rest of the inmates for making unwanted sexual approaches. So popular has locking together foxes and hens proven amongst rapists that eleven male sex offenders in a single high-risk prison are now all awaiting similar transfers to women’s jails. They will soon be able to make this change without the inconvenience of convincing a doctor of their probity first.

Running through this legislative frenzy is a common idea: that the greatest burdens, under the new regime, must be borne by those least able to carry them. This might be the abused woman who finds men in the domestic violence shelter or the rape crisis centre, or the NHS patient whose operation funding is absorbed by the transgender womb operations being proposed by experts in the weekend papers.

This burden is particularly heavy for children. The determination to target the young and innocent, to sexualise them before puberty, to desensitise them to extremes of adult sexual behaviour, to corrupt them, is in my view evil.

Children find sights like this, a ‘satanic drag queen’ at work in an American library, terrifying because they thrive on familiarity and routine. The adults in charge of your children find them so inspirational that a London nursery network is importing the ‘drag queen story time’ wholesale from the States. They are mad, or worse.
There are enough bad people in the world for parents to worry about. They should not need to be in constant fear of bad government too.

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Thomas Pascoe
Thomas Pascoe
Thomas Pascoe is the Campaign Director of the Coalition for Marriage, Britain’s largest campaign organisation supporting traditional marriage. You can join the mailing list here or follow him on Twitter here.

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