The BBC has been accused of transphobia over an article it published this week, which featured comments from lesbians who claimed that they had been pressured into having sex with men who self-identify as women.
After the article appeared on the BBC news website, an open letter was published by a group called Trans Activism UK. The letter described the article as “incredibly dangerous” for suggesting that transgender women pressuring lesbians into sex was a common occurrence. By 6pm last night, the letter had been signed more than 10,000 times.
According to The Times this morning:
Caroline Lowbridge, the author of the story published on the BBC news website on Tuesday, said her aim was to find out how widespread the issue was across the country. She added that several people had contacted her about pressures to “accept the idea that a penis can be a female sex organ.”
The article featured three anonymous lesbian women who stated that they are attracted to women who are biologically female. The women said that they had been criticised and even threatened by trans activists as a result of their comments.
As I understand it, the BBC contacted Stonewall, an LGBT rights charity for a comment. Stonewall didn’t respond. Due diligence done, the beeb had every right to publish the accounts of the three women.
Trans Activism UK and Stonewall, want lived experience to be a protected characteristic. However, a penis is not a female sex organ. Saying that, or writing it even, isn’t hateful or discriminatory. It’s a scientific and biological fact.
Stonewall and Trans Activism lobby to outlaw such statements and any discussion around gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia. They claim it is harmful and even hateful. Those who challenge their dogma should be denounced, lose their jobs and be kicked off social media.
According to them, if a man says he is a woman or a woman says she is a man, case closed. If you don’t accept it, you are transphobic, which is Orwellian newspeak.