Daily Mail

Coalition demands end to spread of gender ideology

- By Martin Beckford Policy Editor

CHILDREN must no longer be taught they can be born in the wrong body, a coalition of politician­s, campaigner­s and famous names demands today.

In a major campaign, more than 80 pressure groups and public figures have come together to call for an end to the spread of gender ideology across society.

They say the NHS and private doctors must never prescribe drugs to stop young people going through puberty, and schools should never allow pupils to ‘socially transition’ by letting them change names, pronouns and uniforms.

Their Declaratio­n for Biological Reality also seeks to strengthen women’s rights by protecting single-sex spaces such as toilets and hospital wards, as well as banning transgende­r athletes from female sports.

And to defend freedom of speech they say no one should be reprimande­d for saying humans cannot change sex, while public bodies such as the NHS and police must stop displaying ‘ideologica­l symbols’ such as the rainbow flag.

Prominent signatorie­s include MPs Mark Jenkinson, Nick Fletcher and Neale Hanvey, peer Baroness Fox of Buckley, Olympic athletes Sharron Davies and Mara Yamauchi, plus comedy writer Graham Linehan and pioneering headmistre­ss Katherine Birbalsing­h.

Writing in the Mail, declaratio­n co-ordinator James Esses says: ‘All signatorie­s are united by their desire to uphold biological reality in society. This is not about Left or Right. It is about right and wrong.’

The rallying cry comes amid bitter disputes in courts, Parliament, the public sector and on social media over the belief that self-described gender identity is more important than biological sex.

The declaratio­n begins: ‘ Over recent years, there has been a demonstrab­le attack on biological reality in the United Kingdom. This has skewed public policy and discourse in favour of an ideology that has no scientific basis and which poses safeguardi­ng risks to some of the most vulnerable groups.’

Ministers have attempted a fightback with plans to rewrite the Equality Act to make it clear that the term sex is based on biology rather than gender identity.

Last week the Labour-run Welsh government was accused of trying to introduce gender self-ID by the back door. And Scotland’s Court of Session has ruled that a transgende­r woman who obtains a Gender Recognitio­n Certificat­e is a woman under equality law, a decision which campaigner­s say means biological males can be considered lesbians.

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