Jill Foster Free Lance Journalist and Transphobia
Recently, Katie Neeves, a trans woman from Leicestershire, won the East Midlands Outstanding Female LGBTQIA+ Champion 2023 at their Women’s Award ceremony.
Now the clue is in the “LGBTQIA+” – someone from within the LGBT+ community would win the award, albeit the “G” was likely not to be a contender. Nor was a trans man – they qualify for men’s awards. Trans men like the pictured Patricio Manuel, a professional boxer based in the United States.
In short, in society, trans women and trans men swap places. According to the last census, our demographic is precisely the same; there are 48,000 trans men and 48,000 trans women in England and Wales. This indicates that trans women are outnumbered by natal females 633-1.
So, you would think that when a trans woman wins an award, it would be celebrated. However, sadly, in the UK, some people are still transphobic, particularly gender-critical exclusionary “feminists”.
The abuse Katie Neeves received on X (formerly Twitter) was horrific, and one of the instigators of that abuse was Jill Foster, a freelance journalist from West Yorkshire.
Ms Foster, who writes for the ever-increasing transphobic Daily Mail, tweeted, “If men can now call themselves women and collect those gongs, there really is no point in calling it ‘Women’s Awards’. Just ‘Awards‘.
I use the word feminist ‘tongue in cheek’ because feminism is partly about equality. Still, gender-critical feminism isn’t about equality – it’s about excluding people who don’t fit their narrative, which centres around biology. So, does Jill Foster think Patricio Manuel should get the LGBT+ womens award instead of Katie?
I suspect Patricio would tell Jill to shove it – perhaps she fancys asking him?
Now, anyone who knows Katie Neeves will know she is funny, caring and, frankly, delightful. She has a reputation for giving spell-binding talks and earlier this year won the Burberry British Diversity Awards 2023 “Boots Hero of the Year Award.” Is it any wonder she won a local award?
Responses to Jill Foster’s apparent dislike of trans women from her Twitter (X) faithful were only to be expected.
However, the LGBT+ community and allies hit back with replies that included:
“Why are you cranks just such nasty, cruel bullies? You’re too gutless to take on men, so you go after minorities”.
“I’m flabbergasted you weren’t nominated for an LGBT award Jill. Anybody have any idea of the reason why”?
“Congratulations to her, from a cis woman who isn’t a disgusting transphobe.”
Not perturbed, Ms Foster did another tweet a few hours later describing a trans person as “a trans ID’ing female“.
I am unsure what pleasure Jill Foster gets from abusing a tiny number of people whose gender doesn’t align with their sex assigned at birth. Calling trans women ‘men’ is utterly insulting, as is calling gender-critical people Nazis and bigots.
I am told Jill Foster has two daughters. Are they proud that some believe their mum is a transphobe? I am wondering how they would feel if their peers called their mum a transphobe? And if they defended their mum, would they lose friends?
Jill Foster is known for her work as a specialist journalist in finding real-life case studies and publishing their stories and recently authored an article in the Daily Mail describing how some women got “cancelled.”
Everyone should be free to speak.
Getting cancelled increases frustration, hate and entrenchment. Does Jill realise how her tweets make it harder and harder for trans and gender-critical people to talk to each other rather than throw bricks at each other?
And for balance, is Jill Foster interested in the recent smearing campaign headed up by a co-founder of LGB Alliance to get me, a 71-year-old trans woman, de-platformed from speaking to a small women’s group in London?
I suspect not.