Petition to BBC, Sam Bagnall, John Conroy, Tony Hall, Anne Bulford
'Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?' should not be broadcast until reviewed by experts
Pictured: 12 year old Evan Singleton, who has identified as a boy for the past five years. Copyright Andy Jacobsohn / Dallas News.--- PLEASE NOTEThe documentary has now been aired, and we were unsuccessful in our attempt to get it independently reviewed by an expert. However, please continue to sign as to show your support; we are still in discussion about the matter with the BBC and its regulatory bodies. Your signature can still make a difference. Thank you. The BBC is set to broadcast a documentary on BBC Two on the 12th January 2017 at 9pm called 'Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best?'. The documentary is based on the controversial views of Dr. Kenneth Zucker, who believes that Gender Dysphoria in children should be treated as a mental health issue. In simpler terms, Dr. Zucker thinks that being/querying being Transgender as a child is not valid, and should be classed as a mental health issue. The BBC present him as an "expert" in this field; in reality, he was fired from his role as head of CAMH's (also known as CAMHS in the UK) Gender Identity Clinic, and the clinic shut down after an external review was conducted into Dr. Zucker's methods. Dr. Zucker has treated over 500 prepubescent gender-variant youth since the mid 70's, and his practices are aimed at attempting to 'repair' the 'biological' gender of children, by employing techniques such as telling parents to discard of 'feminine toys'. Remember, this man was the head of the Gender Identity Clinic. And according to a 2011 report from TRANS Pulse, 77% of transgender Ontarians have seriously considered suicide, and 43% have attempted it. In April 2014, new laws were put in place by the Ontarian Humans Rights Commission to protect transgender rights. The bill made his practices illegal. This man is no expert and should not be treated as one. To clarify, this petition is not to stop this program for being broadcast entirely; however no transgender experts in the UK have watched over this program, which potentially may have a transphobic undertone. We simply don't know what to expect from the program, however from his history and the synopsis available online, we can make an educated guess that it won't be in support of Transgender Rights for Children. Honestly, I don't know if the producers at the BBC know how much damage this program could do. In recent years we have made massive strides in transgender rights, social acceptance of transgender people in society, and levels of discrimination and prejudice against transgender people are lowering. But this program endangers some of the progress we have made. I have no issue with Dr. Zucker having an opinion. But I do have an issue when that opinion is being spread on primetime national television to potentially millions of viewers, with no vetting from transgender experts confirming that it does not promote transphobic views. Ultimately, this TV show could spark a trail of prejudice; belittling transgender children, leading to them not being socially accepted by society. To me, that is too big of a risk to take. We know that this is meant to be a "challenging documentary", and we are not attempting to censor an opinion or block a civil debate from occurring. We just want to have the documentary independently reviewed by an expert before it is aired, to make sure there will be no damaging knock-on affects as a result. There are five days left until this program is broadcast.In that time, genuine independent experts in this field could overlook and review the documentary for broadcast on television.I do not think that is much to ask of a corporation like the BBC. Please sign this petition to ensure this program will not have negative effects on today's transgender youth. Thank you. Update: For Clarification, the experts we are looking at reviewing the footage are Dr Polly Carmichael, Dr Stuart Lorimer and Dr Christina Richards.
Petition to OPUS : Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society
OPUS, cease support & promotion of Transphobic speech in academia
We ask that OPUS cease support and promotion for the event “Attacks on Thinking in the Age of LGBTQWIIAP+” on the 23rd September 2017. We believe that the dishonest and exclusionary approach put forward in the event is, rather than being an expression of free speech, stifling the very possibility of a productive conversation about the issues the event is purporting to raise. Furthermore, this approach signals a dangerous refusal either to engage honestly with current knowledge regarding transgender issues, or to seek to move beyond a political frame informed by cisgender privilege. The promotional material for this event argues that increasing mainstream acceptance of notions of “gender fluidity, intersexuality [and] transsexuality” constitutes a threat to the impartiality of researchers and academics. The example provided is Rebecca Tuvel’s article “In Defence of Transracialism,” for which the journal Hypatia subsequently issued an apology. We believe that this example constitutes a misrepresentation both of the content of the article itself and the controversy created by it. Firstly, to claim that Tuvel suggests “similarities between transracialism and trans-sexuality” implies an investigation of these concepts which is absent from her article, the object of which is (as the title suggests) a political defence of transracialism. Secondly, even a cursory examination of the criticisms directed towards the article, such as the open letter to Hypatia, the public apology by Cressida Heyes or the many commentaries by scholars working in the field of critical race theory and transgender studies will reveal far more substance to these criticisms than a challenge to the “legitimacy” of questions she may or may not have raised. Rather, they refer to serious and potentially damaging theoretical and ethical failures. In particular, it was argued that the dehistoricization of the categories of gender and race and the reduction of these categories to interchangeable axes of oppression is harmful because it seeks to conceal and thus legitimate the particular history of conceptual and literal violence which accompanies these categories and which is not, as the article alleges, confined to the past but continues to this day in the form of racist and transphobic discrimination. Again, we can only assume that the decision to characterize these arguments as “attacks on thought” is, in and of itself, an attempt to delegitimize forms of political critique which are, in fact, highly relevant to the issues this event proposes to cover. Again, we wish to stress that this is not an attempt to shut down much needed examination and critique, both in the field of psychotherapy and in academia more broadly, of therapeutic approaches to treating transgender people. However, we believe that this process must be attentive to and engaged with the consequences which transgender people may face as a result, and should where possible seek to include transgender perspectives and to invite dialogue. We do not believe that framing critique of the political implications of knowledge as “attacks on thought”, or denying the legitimacy of transgender perspectives by presenting those who hold them as bullying activists or passive victims who are “shepherded into hormonal and surgical treatment” meets this standard. Similarly, we question the necessity or relevance of a conversation about transgender identities which resists critique, refuses engagement beyond disciplinary lines and which treats transgender people themselves as problems, rather than as the potential beneficiaries of such a conversation. Above all, we find it deeply alarming that OPUS is facilitating a public event featuring a speaker with a history of outspoken transphobic and unsupported social media statements, such as comparing sex reassignment surgery to genital mutilation or voluntary amputation and equating gender with the possession of chromosomes. That this event utilizes misleading information to present a narrative in which the diversity of gender expression is presented as a threat to researchers and academics is particularly disturbing. The past century has provided many examples of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology being wielded against LGBTQ+ persons. Whether it was Jung’s claims of ‘curing homosexuality’, or more recently, Nicolosi, who in his CV “would revive this now-abandoned body of case studies and psychoanalytic literature written by the founding fathers and mothers of his profession” to found NARTH, one of the largest 'gay conversion therapy' movements in the USA, the delegitimation and removal of agency from LGBTQ+ persons is dangerous. Particularly when medical accessibility is already difficult for transgender individuals. We suggest, conversely, that the practice of psychotherapy entails a degree of influence and the ability to play a role in shaping the future treatment of transgender individuals, who are at widespread and demonstrable risk of attacks to the legitimacy of their gendered identities, attacks on their inclusion within the rights and privileges accorded to human beings and ultimately attacks on their physical person. To this end, we hope you will agree that this event does not meet your stated organizational aims of promoting understanding of social processes, or of encouraging responsible citizenship. Thomas Sparrow, Doctoral Candidate in Gender Studies.Shehzad Raj, Doctoral Candidate in Psychoanalysis.
Petition to The British Council, Theresa May MP, UK Parliament
Ftm chest binders to be sold in pharmacies in the Uk
Through out the past couple of years i am sure i alot of people would have noticed the increase of transgender kids and also adults As a transgender myself, i have noticed how expensive it is for ftm transgender kids to get a binder, binders are incredibly expensive as the binders do have to come from America, this results in having to pay a custom fee which is normally around £13 but if add that onto to the price of a binder which is normally £40 +£17 for shipping, it does result in becoming quite expensive However there are also the people who can't get hold of a binder because of many reason for example; The person maybe unable to come out due to a non-supportive family and there for it would seem "weird" for them to receive a binder in the mail The person may be unable to afford a binder due to the high cost These are only some of the reasons, transgender young people need support form the government If i reach my target and can get chest binders sold in pharmacies i feel it will help the transgender community into becoming who they are
Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP
Acknowledge transgender people on the birth certificate
There are a number of transgender men who want and choose to carry a baby. However, one issue that makes this difficult is that the process of giving birth is a determining factor in the transgender man being registered on the birth certificate as the ‘mother’ of the child. This is the present situation as written in British law; Section 12 of the Gender Recognition Act states, “The fact that a person's gender has become the acquired gender under this Act does not affect the status of the person as the mother or father of a child”. The law is unclear, but suggests that whilst protecting the status of parents who legally transition after the birth of a child, it also restricts parents who legally transition before the birth of a child. We believe that this is unacceptable, as transgender and non-binary parents who identify as male are having their rights to recognised fatherhood discriminated against. At present, a transgender father will be registered as the child’s mother. This will inevitably result in the transgender parent being ‘outed’ throughout the life of the child. In turn, this can cause embarrassment, discomfort, and potential cause for discrimination and- in the worst case- violence against them. As the Office of National Statistics identified of the 2014-2015 period, recorded hate crimes against transgender people were up 9% on the previous year. However, the Crime Survey of England and Wales estimates that there are 222,000 hate crimes of all types committed on average every year a difference of 169,472 crimes unreported to police. We fundamentally believe that transgender people should be registered as their self-identified gender identity on their own child’s birth certificate. Further, that the Gender Recognition Act is outdated on this matter. Please fight for transgender parents to have equal rights. Thank you for your consideration.
Petition to Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Conservatives
Bullying Conservative Councillors - Resign!
Shocking abuse and online bullying by two Conservative Party Town Councillors in Northumberland has been revealed, with the brave victim (a local Trans woman) speaking out about the fear and distress the abuse has caused her. Rachael Hogg, Conservative Town Councillor for Morpeth North & Joao Parreira, Conservative Town Councillor for Morpeth Stobhill - have been revealed as purpetrators of the Transphobic bullying, which was covered in an article in the regional newspapers: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/i-scared-go-home-transgender-12952948 Hogg who describes the Morpeth resident as a 'man', mocks and belittles this person and even suggest it would be a good idea to ship people like her out of the town - joking about her landlord selling her flat so she needs 'affordable housing' Parreira, whilst being generally abusive and transphobic goes on to like and support a comment made, advocating genocide and murder of Trans people, implying they should be 'Gassed' - with a photo of Adolf Hitler included. We're calling for the immediate resignstion or removal of Councillor Hogg & Councillor Parreira from Morpeth Town Council and demanding that Northumberland Conservative's deal with this digusting and shameful behaviour. Sign our petition to help us make a difference.