Transgender ideology is leaving a “corrosive impact” on society, according to a new study calling for the scrapping of gender recognition reforms.
The report by the Civitas think tank accuses public institutions of being captivated by an “ideology of transgenderism” that is unable to defend the sex-based rights of women.
The research by Dr Joanna Williams, former director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent, calls on the Government to announce a moratorium on all reform of the Gender Recognition Act for at least the duration of parliament.
It also calls for a ban on the prescribing of puberty blockers and cross sex hormones to anyone under the age of 18 and for children “socially transitioning” at school without the permission of their parents to be prohibited.
It comes after Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan was permanently suspended from Twitter on Saturday after tweeting “men aren’t women tho” in response to the Women’s Institute, who had wished transgender members a happy Pride.
Linehan has blamed trans ideology and activism for being misogynistic and erasing women’s rights as well as opposing biological females giving up safe spaces to share with female-identifying persons. Harry Potter author JK Rowling has also faced sustained criticism for expressing concerns about transgenderism “erasing the concept of sex”.
In ‘The Corrosive Impact of Transgender Ideology’, Dr Williams argues that the state has been too willing to “coalesce behind the demands of a tiny transgender community” which was once considered “niche”.
Describing how the expansion of transgender rights has gone “hand in hand” with an expansion of institutional regulation of speech and behaviour, the report accuses activists of hypocrisy in calling for freedom and equality for transgender people, while accusing those who question their approach of “transphobia” or “misgendering”.
“Dictating the language use of others not only restricts their free speech but, more significantly, in compelling speech it imposes a demand upon them that calls into question their freedom of conscience,” Dr Williams adds.
Earlier this month, sources close to Boris Johnson suggested the Prime Minister was considering scrapping plans, originally drawn up under Theresa May’s government, to enable transgender people to change their birth certificate without a medical diagnosis. The proposals are said to have been ditched in a leaked paper setting out the Government’s response to a public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act. Downing Street has insisted that the issue of self-identification is “still being worked on” and said “no decisions” had been made.