Right Wing Press Engage in Transphobic Scaremongering

Today (13 November), two of the major right-wing papers have decided to put stories about gender identity and school children on the front page.

The Sun led with the headline, “The skirt on the drag queen goes swish, swish, swish,” in reference to classes at some nurseries being given by drag queens.

Meanwhile, The Mail decided that new advice given to Church of England schools was worthy of outcry. “Boys as young as five should be able to wear tiaras at school without criticism,” they wrote. There’s no mention of encouragement; the guidelines simply encourage creativity and exploration.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, explained the new guidelines: “All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide.”

The advice given to schools can be found below:

This comes just a few days after a misinformed and transphobic column was published by The Times.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter was outraged. Various trans writers have expressed outrage, as well as offering support and advice to trans children and their parents.


Other prominent LGBTQ+ individuals also offered support, including the lovely Joe Lycett and the wonderful Olly Alexander.

This transphobia cannot be tolerated. Young trans and queer people already face many challenges on a daily basis. Inciting unnecessary hatred is damaging and dangerous.

We need to stand with the trans members of our community; if you’re uncertain what to do or say, giving a platform to trans people is a step in the right direction. Read and share the work of trans writers, instead of the incendiary, right-wing media.

You can also report the above articles to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the independent regulators of newspapers and magazines in the UK. The complaints page can be found here.

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