Debbie Hayton

Mermaids' 'help sheet' risks confusing trans kids

4 May 2022 3:30 pm

Mermaids is one of Britain’s most controversial trans charities, yet its overarching aim is hard to fault. The organisation says it…

Why are midwives being told that biological men can give birth?

30 April 2022 10:24 pm

Edinburgh Napier University claims to be one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland. It now…

Why we need an inquiry into gender treatment for children

24 April 2022 11:45 pm

Sajid Javid is right to worry about the way the NHS has treated children who identify as transgender. The Health…

Has the transgender bathroom question finally been answered?

5 April 2022 8:10 pm

As Keir Starmer still struggles to tell us what he thinks the word ‘woman’ means, some much-needed common sense has…

Jamie Wallis's trans statement leaves more questions than answers

31 March 2022 12:50 am

Westminster has its first openly transgender Member of Parliament. In the early hours of this morning, Jamie Wallis, Conservative MP…

At least Boris Johnson knows the difference between men and women

24 March 2022 10:09 pm

As a paid-up member of the Labour party, it’s rare that I agree wholeheartedly with a Conservative politician. But Boris…

Keir Starmer’s gender identity muddle

13 March 2022 10:36 pm

If you needed any sign that the Labour party is still deeply confused about gender identity and sex, look no…

How schools are captured by ideological institutions

19 February 2022 9:05 pm

This week, Nadeem Zahawi told teachers that they have ‘an important role in preparing children and young people for life…

Adele is right to take a pop at gender neutral awards

9 February 2022 10:06 pm

Adele’s triumph at the Brits last night is splashed all over the internet. She won best song, best album, and best…

The Cabinet Office's transgender toilet muddle

6 February 2022 6:00 pm

Transgender people need to be treated with dignity and respect at work. But our rights should not be allowed to…

We must never abandon children during lockdown again

23 January 2022 1:09 am

Schools are far more than mere exam factories. Across the UK, teachers in 32,000 schools and colleges care for children…

Harry Potter and the strange absence of J.K. Rowling

3 January 2022 8:19 pm

Harry Potter returned to Hogwarts this weekend for a 20th anniversary special. He was joined in the Gryffindor common room…

Stonewall's annus horribilis

28 December 2021 9:39 pm

The year 2021 has been an annus horribilis for Stonewall. For much of the last decade, the charity could do no…

Why is Quidditch snitching on JK Rowling over trans rights?

21 December 2021 12:46 am

To those of us who know Quidditch from the fantasy world of the Harry Potter books, the idea of grown-ups…

JK Rowling is right to call out Police Scotland's transgender nonsense

14 December 2021 2:57 am

How should police record a rape where the culprit has male genitalia? The answer might appear to be straightforward: a…

Eddie Redmayne shouldn't regret playing a trans character

22 November 2021 11:46 pm

Eddie Redmayne was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Danish Girl, but now he is having second thoughts…

The Olympics’ shameful transgender cop out

19 November 2021 7:29 am

The International Olympic Committee have just released a new framework for transgender and intersex inclusion in sports. The old Olympic…

Why is Mermaids promoting breast binding at events for young people?

5 November 2021 10:03 pm

Mermaids is arguably the most influential charity focusing on transgender rights in the UK. It claims to have been supporting…

Cambridge's transgender TERF wars have gone too far

14 October 2021 8:45 pm

What is a witch? How do we spot witches? And how might we drum up the courage to talk to…

No, Keir, trans women like me do not have cervixes

27 September 2021 7:05 pm

Andrew Marr’s question was simple and straightforward, ‘[Is] someone who thinks that only women have a cervix welcome in the…

Are children capable of making life-changing decisions?

18 September 2021 9:05 am

Keira Bell is a name that will be remembered. Like Victoria Gillick before her, she argued in the High Court…

Rosie Duffield’s treatment brings shame on the Labour party

12 September 2021 4:41 pm

News that Rosie Duffield will be missing the Labour Party conference over threats to her personal security brings to a…

Scotland's census sex muddle is bad news for transgender people

3 September 2021 4:42 am

What is your sex? It is a simple question and one that we can all surely answer. When it comes…

Scotland’s new transgender guidance is a safeguarding nightmare

15 August 2021 9:03 am

On Thursday, teachers planning residential trips were told that it was just fine for teenagers of the opposite sex to…

Was this volunteer cancelled by Childline for his views on gender?

4 August 2021 6:50 am

When Liz Truss confirmed that the government was committing itself to banning LGBT conversion therapy, there was some bemusement: is the…