Being trans hit a new low this week with the horrific murder of Brianna Ghey. Her family described her as a “larger than life character who would leave a lasting impression on all that met her” – and the public has responded to this tragedy – a gofundme page has rocketed to over £63,400 (and as I write, is still climbing) to help with a ‘pink funeral’ costs, with tear-jerking comments made by those who have donated. One read:
As a fellow trans person, it hurts to see the type of things people will do to us just for wanting to be ourselves. Brianna, you were so young, so beautiful; you had a life ahead of you, and you had it stolen. I hope you are at peace wherever you may be.
Some trans activists immediately blamed the gender-critical cult for Brianna’s death, suggesting their hate was causing transphobia. However, that is far from proven at this stage, albeit the correlation between trans-hostile articles in the GC press and trans-hate crime is undeniable.
However, this is the second LGBT+ community death in two months; in January, Darren Moore was found dead in a Cardiff alley, and Brianna died of stab wounds – clearly, being open about our sexuality or gender identity comes with risk.
But it’s not just the gender critical who are causing hate towards the trans community (note they will claim that is not their intent) – the Government are wading in as well with Iain Anderson, Tory party member for 40 years and friend of Michael Gove and Liz Truss quitting the party with the FT reporting:
Key to his decision to abandon the Tories now is his belief, based on discussions with party insiders, that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will ramp up the so-called culture wars as a central part of his 2024 election strategy.
“It was made pretty clear the plan is to run a culture war to distract from fundamental economic failings,” Anderson said. “It’s not something I want any part of.” Anderson quit as the government’s LGBT adviser last year, claiming ministers were trying “to drive a wedge” between transgender people and gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
If Anderson is right, being trans will get harder before it gets better. Hate is going to be ramped up, in particular by the gender critical right-wing press such as The Times and Daily Mail, who disgracefully outed Brianna Ghey.
Sadly, however, this is not the end of the story. On February 7th GID’s staff published a comprehensive open letter on Medium giving a different view to that propagated by BBC Newsnight.
One key passage reads:
‘In December 2020, GIDS clinicians wrote to NHS England and the Trust to advise that their decision to suspend Endocrine Pathways following the initial judicial review (Bell vs. Tavistock, December 2020) would increase clinical risk for our client group. It is the view of many clinical staff that NHS England and the Trust did not take heed of those warnings. In the 2 year time period following this, clinicians saw a significant increase in risks for our client group. And more widely, there was an increase in deaths related to the GIDS service. Many of these individual events have not yet been addressed through the Coroner’s Court and legal processes and therefore no further clarification can be made in relation to those events.
(bold emphasis mine)
Here we have a clear allegation that children have died potentially because of NHS failures driven by a gender-critical campaign to stop the prescribing of puberty blockers.
The gender critical are, understandably very defensive when trans activists cry “blood on your hands” – the problem they appear to have is all the evidence is mounting up. Do they need to buy in paper towels?