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The Big Lottery Fund rethinks its grant to Mermaids

The Big Lottery Fund on twitter We have received a range of correspondence in relation to a proposed grant to Mermaids, expressing both concern and support regarding this organisation. We’re grateful to those who have taken the time to write to us, and in light of the nature and volume of the communication we have […]

QotD: “Mermaids received a grant of £125,861 from Children in Need last year”

Mermaids received a grant of £125,861 from Children in Need last year. It’s not known if they’ll get another one this year but to be sure that none of your #BBCChildreninNeed donation goes there, maybe donate directly to a charity of your choice. Margaret Nelson on twitter

QotD: “The royal college for family doctors has scrapped a course it says is making its members uneasy”

The professional body for family doctors has dropped a course provided by a transgender activist charity because GPs felt it pushed them to guide patients towards gender reassignment. The course on gender variance, which the Royal College of General Practitioners had hosted on its website since 2015, has been withdrawn. The college’s decision represents a […]

QotD: “New lottery bonanza for transgender lobby”

The national lottery was [on the 22nd December] accused of breaking its ban on political funding after giving a large grant to a second controversial transgender lobbying group. The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) will pay £494,000 to “empower trans leaders and organisations” in “facilitation, media and influencing”. The money is being handed to the advocacy […]

QotD: “This is not acceptance … In fact, this is rejection”

The final part of ITV drama Butterfly airs [this evening], marking not so much the conclusion of a TV show but the climax of a social justice event, at least if you believe the show’s makers and the largely rapturous notices. Starring Anna Friel as the mother of Max, an 11-year-old who’s born male but […]

QotD: “Suicides should never be a political weapon”

Last weekend the trans activist Helen Belcher resigned as a judge of a journalism prize because, against her wishes, I reached the shortlist. She announced that: “Since The Times started printing such [transphobic] pieces, starting with one by Turner in September 2017, I have heard of more trans suicides than at any point since 2012. […]

QotD: “Butterfly: Teen transgender drama ‘inflates suicide risk’”

The NHS’s only gender clinic for children and teenagers has criticised a new ITV drama that shows a transgender 11-year-old trying to commit suicide as “not helpful,” saying it “would be very unusual” for a child of that age to attempt suicide. The mini-series Butterfly, which begins tonight, stars Anna Friel as the mother of […]

QotD: “Trans rights have gone wrong”

Your 13-year-old daughter tells a teacher that’s she’s uncomfortable with her body. She prefers trousers to skirts, football to ballet. She says she thinks she’s a he and wants to be treated as a boy at school. Would the teacher tell you your daughter wants to change gender? Your 11-year-old granddaughter comes home from school […]

QotD: “Trans activist ‘bullies’ stop donations”

A feminist group concerned about the social pressure placed on children to become transgender has had its fundraising stopped after a “bullying” campaign by trans activists. Transgender Trend said it was considering taking legal action against activists for claiming that a resource pack that it publishes for schools was “transphobic”, included “hate speech” and was […]

QotD: “Trans activists think debate is hate speech”

How do you debate when one side believes no debate can exist, that to ask questions is hate speech and must be silenced even with force? [Last week] the trans activist Tara Wolf, 26, was found guilty of assaulting the 60-year-old feminist Maria MacLachlan in Hyde Park before a meeting on the GRA. I witnessed […]