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Ethics – Dangerous agenda

September 2017

The government must not press ahead with its plans on transsexualism, according to a gay man who acted as speech writer to a cabinet minister.

Graeme Archer, writing for Conservative home, said making it easier for people to change their biological sex would endanger young people.

In his article, he criticised moves by Equalities Minister Justine Greening, who said she would review the Gender Recognition Act to make it easier for transsexual people to change sex legally.

However, Mr Archer, who is a medical statistician, warned: ‘If you can define your own gender and insist it supersedes your biological sex, you can surely self-define all the other dimensions of your identity.

‘Why not define your race — it has much less genetic basis than gender, after all? Or your IQ, your disability status, your nationality? If self-defining your ethnic heritage strikes you as farcical, why would gender be any different?’

In his article, he also warned that young boys, in particular, would be endangered by a fluid definition of gender, especially those from homes where the male father figure is absent.

The Daily Telegraph also ran a similar opinion piece, by Dr Tim Stanley, who argued it was simply ‘meddling’ to try to rewrite the principles of biology. He commented: ‘Because biology is so vital, if you try to rewrite the principles to please one tiny minority, you impact upon the lives of absolutely everybody.

‘Ms Greening is asking the British public not only to accept a radical notion that most will find exotic, but to rewrite the daily narrative of their own lives — and behave as if nothing out of the ordinary were happening. It is, I suspect, too big an ask’.