A trans-identified male has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer for a prominent women’s health charity in England, prompting outrage from women’s rights advocates. Endometriosis South Coast announced on social media yesterday that “Steph” Richards had been hired as their new Chief Executive Officer.
According to the World Health Organization, endometriosis is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This tissue thickens, breaks down, and bleeds with each period, but, as the blood has no way to leave the body, it becomes trapped. It is often associated with fertility complications and severe pain, and sometimes requires surgical intervention. By definition, endometriosis can only impact females, and it is estimated that more than 10% of women are affected.
But despite it being a sex-specific disease, the Portsmouth-based charity Endometriosis South Coast boasted appointing a male to its top role.
Richards, 71, is a women’s officer with the UK’s Labour Party and, earlier this year, received the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards (Elder) 2023. He has repeatedly come under fire on social media for attacking women who express criticisms of gender ideology, with his most recent controversy occurring in October after he posting that he had accosted a woman in public for wearing a t-shirt displaying the dictionary definition of the word “lesbian.”