Ah well. The joys of being notorious is that i do get the opportunity to inject some common sense – 🙂 – into public debate occasionally.
Was on the Beeb this morning (i’ll get a link as soon as i can find it) and here’s a statement I put out to accompany the prog. Doesn’t 100% reflect what i said, but i think the sentiment is important.
Writer and sexual rights activist, Jane Fae today hit out at the bigots and hypocrites who she accused of using concern about the welfare of a ten-year-old child with gender dysphoria as a figleaf to disguise their own inability to deal with gender issues.
Speaking to BBC Radio Lincoln, she said: “The decision by the family of a 10-year-old child from Worcester to allow her to commence treatment for gender dysphoria is courageous – and clearly cannot have been easy.
“There is no guarantee of getting the right answer in cases such as these. However, with the support of experts with years of experience in the field of gender, they have probably chosen the least damaging option for their daughter.
“They are doing nothing that is final. Rather, they have recognized that for someone with dysphoria, every day of puberty is soul-destroying and hateful. They have therefore taken steps to put puberty on hold for the time being, giving their child the time to mature and decide for herself whether full gender transition is the right option for her.
“A lot of hot air has been generated by people not directly involved in the case. With no knowledge whatsoever of the individuals concerned, they have suggested this is no different from any girl or boy acting slightly at variance with their birth gender. They have made baseless allegations against the mother. And in some cases, the language they have used – describing the child as a “freak” – is utterly contemptible.
“All we are hearing from such types is a hatred of difference, thinly disguised as concern.
For further information, contact Jane Fae
Hope that sort of catches a mood….
Edited to add: apparently i called it slightly wrong. AN expert closely associated with this case has just e-mailed me to say that “in this case, the child has not yet started medication to suspend puberty. Apparently the parents see that happening at around age 12 if the child’s gender dysphoria persists.”
So even less “permanent” than the critics claim.