trans

The conversion therapy bill is a thoroughly bad idea

4 November 2023 9:00 am

I was disappointed to learn that Rishi Sunak has reconsidered his opposition to a bill banning conversion therapy. Not because…

Right-on Kew

9 September 2023 9:00 am

We must all hurry down to the Temperate House at Kew Gardens next month to enjoy Queer Nature After Hours,…

Should trans women be banned from women’s chess?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Trans women shouldn’t be allowed to play in women’s chess matches

Trans activists don’t help themselves

10 July 2023 8:41 pm

I’ve tried to stay out of the trans-rights conversation, honestly I have. There are a number of reasons for this,…

In defence of Howard Donald

18 June 2023 10:47 pm

The mob has claimed another scalp. This time it’s Howard Donald’s. The Take That star has been found guilty of…

Barbie Kardashian and Ireland’s trans madness

23 March 2023 1:59 am

Why are politicians so incapable of answering basic questions about biology? Yesterday it was Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s turn. A journalist…

Is sanity returning to the trans debate?

1 October 2022 8:05 pm

At last, Mermaids, the UK charity for, in their own words, ‘gender variant and transgender children’ is under the spotlight.…

Why are lesbians no longer welcome at Pride?

28 August 2022 11:13 pm

The lesbian group Get The L Out UK, founded to protest gender ideology and the pressure on same-sex attracted women…

The gender debate is getting nastier

20 August 2022 2:43 am

Elaine Miller is one of the grown-ups. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, with a specialism…

Why the Tavistock clinic had to be shut down

29 July 2022 12:15 am

There are many reasons why what is sometimes crudely called ‘the trans issue’ is important. One is the political failure…

Is Labour changing its mind on trans issues?

17 July 2022 7:50 pm

Amid the noise of the Tory leadership fight, some significant comments in the papers could be missed today. Here’s the quote,…

Penny Mordaunt's trans problem

11 July 2022 5:56 am

The Tory leadership contest is yet to officially begin, but things are already turning nasty. As well as reports in…

Ricky Gervais is an achingly conventional Millennial posing as a naughty maverick

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Just how edgy and dangerous is Ricky Gervais? There is no one more edgy and dangerous, we learn from no…

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…

Who governs Britain? Not ministers, it seems

14 April 2022 4:00 pm

Who governs Britain? It’s a dangerous question, as Ted Heath learned half a century ago. But while he was concerned…

Care about the trans debate? Ask yourself this question

15 March 2022 1:45 am

J.K. Rowling is talking about sex and gender again, which means a lot of people are getting angry. It’s striking…

Sex, trans rights and the Scottish census

22 January 2022 2:20 am

It takes some doing to make a census interesting. So congratulations to the National Records of Scotland (NRS). NRS, which administers…

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…

Gender is contentious. The BBC is pretending it isn't

8 December 2021 2:10 am

The BBC has produced its annual 100 Women list, a showcase for women who have done interesting, important things. There’s…

Jess Phillips and Labour’s ongoing women problem

9 November 2021 11:31 pm

Last week, Intelligence Squared put on a debate called ‘Is Labour unelectable?’ Unsurprisingly, Labour MP Jess Phillips spoke against the motion…

Why liberals must stand with Kathleen Stock

12 October 2021 4:15 am

I know what it feels like to be bullied and vilified for expressing views with which, eventually, many right-minded people…

How Margaret Thatcher helped inspire my transgender journey

4 August 2021 11:22 am

The gender debate has generated plenty of heat, but as a trans person – and keen supporter of the Conservative…

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…

New Zealand's transgender debate is turning nasty

14 July 2021 7:25 pm

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. But now,…

What's the problem, ladies and gentlemen?

14 May 2021 1:54 am

Picture the scene. You’re on a train when the following message comes over the tannoy: ‘Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,…