In the span of a decade, the wave of the transgender movement swept over the sluggish and relativistic West like a storm. In the United States of America and throughout Europe, gender ideology– with its absolute dogmas–has infiltrated schools, changed language and the language of the media, and permeated the entertainment industry with propaganda for all ages. It smuggled the lie of “rapists“, silenced the women who did not bow to his diktat, has usurped roles and feminine spaces (in the silence even of feminists!), inculcated the religious freedom of people with fictitious accusations of homophobia, and has convinced children they’ve been “born in the wrong body”.
“A medical industry sprang up almost overnight to remedy this, providing double mastectomies, sex-change surgeries and hormone blockers to turn people into who they thought they were,” writes Jonathon Van Maren in The European Conservative. “Suddenly, parents were faced with girls insisting they were boys and boys insisting they were girls, and everyone was telling them to go to the new gender clinic to get the drugs and shears their kids needed.”
There are, however, some timid signs of rebellion against the oppression of this new orthodoxy.
Keira Bell and Tavistock
In the United Kingdom, for example, this is demonstrated by the well-known case of Keira Bell. After embarking on a journey of de-transition, Bell took the Tavistock Clinic–which specializes in sex change surgeries–to court on charges of taking advantage of her teenage confusion and ruining her life with hormones and mastectomies. Bell won the case. “To the horror of the trans movement, judges ruled that children under 16 could not give consent to puberty blockers, and clinics prescribing these drugs to 16 and 17-year-olds may have had to get permission from the courts,” Van Maren writes further. Subsequently and unfortunately, “[…] an appeals court overturned the ruling and Bell sought permission to take her case to the Supreme Court. The future of thousands of children hangs in the balance.” The surface, however, has cracked and the Bell case still sets an important precedent.
Moreover, the UK government in 2020 announced a stop-gap in “self-identification”. People who considered themselves to have “gender dysphoria” would have to go through a simple legal declaration involving a Gender Recognition Certificate, i.e., official certification, by the Gender Recognition Panel. LGBT+ activists saw it as “a blow to LGBTQ rights,” and also feared a hardening of public sympathy for such supposed “rights.”
In 2019, Maya Forstater was fired and prosecuted for saying in a tweet deemed “homophobic” that there are two sexes. Last year, the British courts sided with Forstater and she was reinstated as a tax consultant at the Center for Global Development.
Stonewall and the BBC
In October, the information portal Vice reported that the BBC was planning to withdraw from the “Diversity Champions” program run by the pro-LGBT+ organization Stonewall; a program designed to help companies become more “inclusive” and “[…] to ensure that all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.” The BBC cut ties with Stonewall to appear more unbiased. In November, after stating that because of the atmosphere at the company they felt like they were “working for the enemy,” some of the BBC’s LGBT+ staff left, with some stating“I no longer feel safe as an LGBT+ person within the organization.”
During the year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the UK Cabinet Office, and the UK’s media regulator (OFCOM) also severed their ties with Stonewall and its program.
“The hysterical response of many LGBT activists reveals something important: they know they are losing their grip on the narrative. The spell has been broken, the criticism is getting louder, and the control they so desperately wanted to avoid is growing,” Van Maren concludes.