Despite threats to cancel her and considerable harassment, Rowling emerged from the nightmare fantasy world of trolls and gender dementors as a real-world heroine.
The ideology of ‘gender identity’ extends far beyond social media. It has the backing of international NGOs, pharmaceutical companies and even the UN. But this year, grassroots activists all over the world came together to fight against the idea that identity trumps material reality. The Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights was founded by academics and activists in the UK and it now has sister groups pushing back against transgender ideology from as far afield as the Bahamas and Sweden.
There have also been some historic legal defeats for the identitarians. In April, Freddy McConnell, a female who identifies as a trans man, gave birth in the usual way to a baby and was then disappointed to lose an appeal to be registered as the child’s father. In other news, Christie Elan-Cane, who identifies as non-binary, lost a case at the Court of Appeal to have a gender-neutral option on passports.
Arguably the most significant victory for common sense this year has been the case of Keira Bell and ‘Mum A’ against the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.