By an irony of fate, on the same day that the UK backtracked on gender transition, someone in Italy tried to sing praises for this practice. It’s really paradoxical: the British, for better or worse, have always been ahead in everything, even in retracing their steps. Thus we have Boris Johnson who wants to stop male athletes from competing in women’s sports, and at the same time Elisabetta Ferrari who supports the benefits of sex change for minors, even from a very early age.
Ferrari, president of the GenderLens association, was heard by the Parliamentary Commission for Childhood and Adolescence via video call in early April in relation to the practice of gender transition of minors. Her theses have been exposed as a lie by Andrea Williams, a British lawyer and founder of Christian Concern, which has recently been featured in a very important judicial affair, that, as Williams told in detail to iFamnews, ended in the rehabilitation of two UK doctors who provide life-saving treatments of abortion pill reversal. The pro-life doctors had been unfairly and unscientifically censored and prevented from providing the treatment.
GenderLens and the allegedly violated rights of children
According to Ferrari, we should stop “pretending” that gender transition among minors “does not exist.” She claims that there are children who “already at three years of age do not recognize themselves in the gender assigned at birth and ask to live with a different gender, both in public and private space”. And so the president of GenderLens hopes for an end to the “adult-centric vision” that prevents so many minors from “being themselves”.
Families who would like to initiate their children into gender transition find themselves “abandoned by society,” experiencing “hostility and stigma.” Yet, these same parents, Ferrari argues, would be “properly informed about the benefits in the psycho-physical well-being of their children.” According to Ferrari, the “binary” separation of locker rooms and bathrooms also gives rise to a “lack of security” in gender fluid children and teenagers, who, due to suffering a “hostile climate” at school, are “four times more likely to leave school because of the harassment they have suffered”. This is a “clear violation of human rights that the adult world can no longer ignore.”
Across the Channel: freedom of opinion is crucified
The report by attorney Williams leads to quite an opposite conclusion. The founder of Christian Concern first of all highlighted the exploitation of gender transition among British minors: in 2009 there were 97 children and young people referred to clinics specializing in sex change, while in 2020 their number surged to 2,748.
A particularly sensational case, cited by Williams, is that of Mr. and Mrs. Nigel and Sally Rowe, whose two children, aged 6 and 8 in 2017, had been traumatized by the teachings received at school (what’s more, it’s a religiously inspired institution linked to the Church of England) under the banner of the most extreme gender ideology.
When Nigel Rowe complained about the issue to the school principal, he was told that anyone who doesn’t treat their children “based on the sex they identify with” is definitely a “transphobic” person. Therefore, according to the school, teaching the “truth about gender identity” is a “moral and legal obligation” for parents as well. On top of that, a “gender assertive approach” by Mr. and Mrs. Rowe toward their children would have been nothing less than a “Christian duty.”
Nigel and Sally Rowe have since been victims of a shameful mud machine, which, Williams says, has “widely vilified” them merely for claiming their right to freedom of education.
Tavistock: the stone of the scandal
Williams then made explicit reference to two particularly well-known cases: that of Maya Forstater and that of Keira Bell. The latter is related to the historic affair of the Tavistock and Portman clinic, which for years performed a staggering amount of gender change surgeries on minors. But in the end, Britain’s National Health Service determined that Tavistock was “operating outside of clinical and safeguarding” health standards, “initiating children as young as ten years old into experimental hormone treatments.”
More recently, the case of Dr. David Mackereth, a physician who was fired by the Department of Labor and Pensions “because he refused, for reasons of conscience, to apply the affirmative hypothesis to transgender patients”, is an extraordinary example of Newspeak indicating the idea that it would be legitimate to affirm one’s perceived gender independently of the person’s biological sex.
Even more absurd is the legal mishap that befell a math teacher in Oxford who was fired simply for telling an all-girls class, “Well done, girls.” One of the students who identifies as male disliked what the teacher said and accused him of “transphobia”. Now the teacher is even in danger of totally losing the right to work as a teacher.
Experiments on minors
In short, attorney Williams argues that, in the UK, “several factors” are contributing “to the growing public distrust of affirmative assumptions about transgenderism.” Not only is a large number of parents concerned about educational drift, but even some of those who work in transgender clinics “have spoken out against this denial of reality, recounting the consequences that children face as a result of transitions.”
Gender identity policies “are a wound that an entire generation will suffer from for many years to come,” the British jurist declares. “My hope is that my testimony will help persuade the political class and decision-makers in this country to take a different path than the one we followed in the United Kingdom. Your children, the future of your country, deserve better. I urge you to fight for them and their innocence,” Williams said. “We are truly in an absurd situation,” Senator Simone Pillon tells iFamNews on the margins of the hearing. “In the face of evidence from other countries that have gone down this road before us and are now turning back, we still find ourselves, for ideological reasons, entangled with experiments on minors.”