by Rob Lownie
Tuesday, 25
October 2022
Dispatch
07:00

Trans activists push off-prescription puberty blockers

Youngsters are being told to bypass the medical establishment for treatment
by Rob Lownie
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Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster

Friday’s LGB Alliance conference in Central London was picketed by a small but vocal group of trans rights activists, who made their feelings against the campaign group heard. Many chose to dress in all black, hoods and balaclavas to hide their identity should any repercussions arise from their chanting “Kill the TERFs [trans-exclusionary radical feminists]!” 

Amid chants for “Revolution”, trans rights protestors later targeted prominent gender-critical activists Helen Joyce and Maya Forstater for their involvement with the conference.

As protestors milled around outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, several of them handed out flyers and pamphlets detailing the steps necessary for trans liberation. These documents were seen by UnHerd.

One leaflet that was distributed includes the following statement: ‘DIY is still the only way for trans youth in the UK’. Reasoning that the ‘NHS is still refusing to resume prescription of puberty blockers despite continued use in cis kids for precocious puberty’, the paper recommends those who can’t afford FFS (Facial Feminisation Surgery) to ‘consider botox and/or fillers’. It continues, saying that ‘smaller non-surgical tweaks may reduce gender dysphoria to a bearable level and is cheaper [sic]’, before giving price ranges for these botox and filler options. Beware, though: ‘these yuppies will try to sell you extra you don’t need and LESS IS MORE [their emphasis]’.

Taken from one of the flyers, comparing medical use of puberty blockers to an ethical trolley problem

These ‘yuppies’ are not the only opponents listed in these missives. A second flyer begins, ‘We are not in peacetime: we are in a cold war.’ Later it states, ‘Like many extremists, GCs [gender-critical feminists] lure reasonable people in with sensible-sounding criticisms like “we’re cancelled for saying sex is real” […] before slowly acclimating them to more radicalised views.’ Meanwhile, ‘[g]rowing authoritarianism in the UK is a symptom of these cavemen [women advocating for sex-based rights] exploiting every aspect of society as mere tools at their disposal.’ 

Elsewhere, these people are described as ‘a predator class who feed off of human suffering to strengthen their own egos’. One flyer about trans rights warns that their nebulous opponents ‘see a century of climate chaos ahead and refuse to concede any territory.’ 

A flyer distributed at the protest

Another leaflet provides a link to a website which advertises where to buy hormones and puberty blockers online without a prescription or waiting list. Young people are told to ‘not let this info get to parents, who might use it for ill’. Indeed, the reader is instructed to ‘find parents of trans kids near you and tell them where to buy blockers’. Click through on the hyperlink and readers are immediately greeted with an online flyer saying, in vivid capital letters,‘The science is in: puberty blockers save lives’.

One more self-critical statement reads: ‘our current methods are not gaining us any ground except in terms of milquetoast corporate representation […] Direct action gets the goods – no substitutes!’  Given that about only 25 protesters showed up, they had a point.

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Arkadian X
Arkadian X
1 month ago

Interesting, if not troubling, read. A note for the editor, though: you should use expressions like “trans ‘rights’ “.
The use of the inverted commas is key, otherwise the reader may think they are onto something and that some legitimate rights are being withheld. AFAIK, trans people (whatever that might mean) enjoy the same rights as everyone else. One might question what a “trans person” really is, but we don’t need to define it at all exactly because everyone enjoys the same rights.

Last edited 1 month ago by Andrea X
Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  Arkadian X

I agree. Similarly, we should start using expressions like “trans ‘women'”.

Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

Or just ‘men who think that they are women’.

harry storm
harry storm
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Craven

trans-identified men works for me.

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  harry storm

Yes that’s also a good option.

chris Barton
chris Barton
1 month ago

Why do fully grown adults want to talk to children so much about all things sex related?

Richard Craven
Richard Craven
1 month ago
Reply to  chris Barton

Because they’re paedos.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago
Reply to  chris Barton

Ask Harriet Harman, MP.

Doug Pingel
Doug Pingel
1 month ago

I thought that Ms Harperson realised her mistake when she was eventually convinced about PIE’s true intentions (by other members of the Labour Party?)

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug Pingel

I had heard a similar rumour.

Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith
1 month ago
Reply to  Doug Pingel

Given that PIE never hid the fact that P stood for paedophile, it’s telling that Harperson needed to be convinced.

CHARLES STANHOPE
CHARLES STANHOPE
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie Smith

Rather like her late husband, ‘zapped’ for watching ‘porn’ videos on expenses, as I recall.

R Wright
R Wright
1 month ago

This has been common knowledge for years. One of the most famous internet trans activists, Lucas Roberts/Clara Sorrenti/Keffals has been caught posting about sending ‘bathtub HRT’ to children, and it is very common among trans Discord communities.

Aaron James
Aaron James
1 month ago

groomer’s charter

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
1 month ago

Is this propaganda described in the article precisely the sort of thing that the Hungarian government wants to ban from being disseminated in Hungary but which the EU wants to stop them from doing on Rule of Law grounds. See my post on the article on Hungary just under this article. As someone in favour of freedom of speech I can understand the EU’s position but it does seem extraordinary that this is the ground on which the EU wants to fight, considering that it is far from just right wingers who might favour restricting such propaganda in the interests of vulnerable and confused children. Freedom of speech is not absolute anywhere.

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
1 month ago

If you believe you are in the wrong body it is only a step further to recommending confused teenagers to acquire puberty blockers without proper advice. The trans women I admire are the ones like Debbie Hayton who remain sane despite succumbing to their gender dysphoria.

What do the LGB Alliance want to promote? If it is just the right for gays to go about their daily lives without harassment and discrimination and be entitled to challenge the harmful claims of trans activists count me in? Or do I have to show evidence of same sex attraction?

Caroline Watson
Caroline Watson
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeremy Bray

It is the first. The LGB Alliance welcomes heterosexual supporters.

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
1 month ago

Thanks. Good to hear. I shall check them out perhaps with a view to membership.

Jeremy Bray
Jeremy Bray
1 month ago

I notice the LGB Alliance website is not working. Is this a technical problem or web censorship?

Jonathan Sidaway
Jonathan Sidaway
1 month ago

A bubble of people (mebbe c. 40 at one point, for accuracy’sake) in search of significance thro’ destruction and solipsism. The contrast with the conference itself was instructive; we had a great time.

Richard Parker
Richard Parker
1 month ago

“FFS” indeed – and I don’t mean facial feminisation surgery. Groomers, the lot of ‘em.

Anna Bramwell
Anna Bramwell
1 month ago

The trans movement used to be mostly about men, men to women, as it were. Self castration has a long and honourable history in certain religions, and some cultures , eg the Ottoman Empire, routinely castrated their male slaves. But women mutilating themselves to be like men are now the majority of trans cases. The change was pretty recent , and one wonders why?

Nancy G
Nancy G
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna Bramwell

Read Abigail Shrier’s book Irreversible Damage, one among many that explains this recent phenomenon.

Graeme Kemp
Graeme Kemp
1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy G

‘Irreversible Damage’….an excellent but worrying book, on a par with other thoughtful books like ‘Trans’ by Helen Joyce or ‘Material Girls’ by Kathleen Stock. I recommend them to anyone interested in this issue.

Alex Bloodfire
Alex Bloodfire
1 month ago

It certainly was a small group of trans activists outside the LGB Alliance conference! Quite embarrassing for them, but more people are waking up to the dangers of gender ideology theory and walking away from them!

Hugh Bryant
Hugh Bryant
1 month ago

With every generation it gets harder to go further left. What will Gen X come up with?

Linda Hutchinson
Linda Hutchinson
1 month ago
Reply to  Hugh Bryant

None of this strikes me as traditionally “left”; I don’t know what it is, it’s something new and damaging to the individual and society.

Ralph Hanke
Ralph Hanke
1 month ago

It is emotive relativism.
I feel Liz Truss is a brilliant stateswoman, therefore she is.
And because my emotional lived experience tells me what is true, there is nothing to discuss. My feelings trump.
Beats thinking about it rationally.

Julian Farrows
Julian Farrows
1 month ago

The apogee of narcissistic self-loathing. Hating yourself yet at the same time wanting to spread that hate so that others come to hate themselves. Basically the old adage applies here: misery loves company.

Graeme Kemp
Graeme Kemp
1 month ago

Much of this Trans ideology could more accurately be described as Postmodernism (or Post structuralism) …not actual Left thinking…..

Martin Bollis
Martin Bollis
1 month ago
Reply to  Graeme Kemp

Doesn’t much post modernism have a Marxist base? I think it would be fair to describe the Frankfurt School as left wing.

Mike Thatsallyouget
Mike Thatsallyouget
1 month ago

These protesters are spam emails made manifest and shrill!
Such militant rhetoric.
I suppose ED meds aren’t conscripting todgers, but they are (in a way) saying ‘rise up!’

j morgan
j morgan
1 month ago

Very teenage to me, too. Adrian Mole vibes!