Camilla Turner and Steven Swinford of the Telegraph report:
Transgender activists have been accused of attempting to shut down debate, as a former children’s minister said that young people’s welfare is being “sacrificed on the altar of political correctness”.
The women’s minister is facing a backlash after saying that she is “a little cautious” about the number of teenagers undergoing gender reassignment treatment.
LGBT+ campaigners accused her making “damaging” comments and warned that people’s “lives are at stake”.
Figures released by the Tavistock Clinic, the only NHS unit specialising in child gender issues, show that in 2017-18 it received 2,519 referrals, compared to just 314 in 2012-13. The NHS has estimated that two million people in Britain will question their gender in coming years.
Natasha Chart of Feminist Current reports:
The UK Green Party has launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to Aimee Challenor, a trans-identified male and the party’s equality spokesman, appointing his father as his campaign election agent. Aimee Challenor withdrew his candidacy for deputy leadership of the Green Party on Sunday, following last week’s announcement that David Challenor had been sentenced to 22 years in prison for the torture and rape of a 10-year-old girl.
On August 10, 2018 the New Zealand Governance and Administration Committee issued a report on the Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Relationships Registration Bill, recommending that the bill be passed with proposed amendments allowing people to “self-identify” as the opposite sex without any requirement for medical treatment or demonstrable transition. While this issue is being cast in the media as ‘LGBT’ legislation, others say the recommendation to remove all safety mechanisms from the legal sex change process puts women and girls in danger.
Lesbian Rights Alliance Aotearoa writes:
This move will make it impossible for females to retain the right to female-only or lesbian-only spaces, services and provisions – as any male can simply declare he is female and have every legal right to use them. ‘Self declared sex’ risks the safety of women in prisons, the continuation of women-only and lesbian-only organisations, and ultimately renders the sex discrimination protections in the Human Rights Act meaningless.
Democratic National Committee members adopted language to their charter and rules Saturday to include gender self-identification and gender nonbinary members.
The language now says committees “shall be as equally divided as practicable between men and women (determined by gender self-identification) meaning that the variance between men and women in the group cannot exceed one (1).” Gender nonbinary members will not be counted as either male or female, “and the remainder of the delegation shall be equally divided.”