Transgender TV presenter India Willoughby claims people with gender dysphoria are NOT the same as those who ‘self-identify’ as another gender as she discusses J.K. Rowling ‘transphobia’ row
- India Willoughby, 53, from London, appeared on Good Morning Britain today
- Told self-identification is the ‘worst thing to happen to community in ten years’
- Harry Potter author faced backlash for implying only women could menstruate
India Willoughby says the LGBTQ community in the UK should have a ‘sexit’, where those diagnosed with gender dysphoria are separated from those who solely identify as another sex.
The journalist, 53, Newcastle, who is known for being Britain’s first transgender national television newsreader, appeared on Good Morning Britain today with transgender model Nicole Gibson and professor of philosophy Kathleen Stock.
The panel discussed the intense backlash faced by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling after she took issue with an online article about ‘people who menstruate’ last week.
India shared her view on ‘self-identification’ – where a person needs no medical diagnosis to have their gender legally recognised.
She argued that the policy is the ‘worst thing to happen to the trans population’, because instead of being diagnosed with the medical condition gender dysphoria, people are able to change their sex instantly.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling (pictured) faced intense backlash after she took issue with an online article about ‘people who menstruate’ last week
India Willoughby (pictured) says LGBTQ community in the UK should have a ‘sexit’, where those diagnosed with gender dysphoria are separated from those who solely identify as another sex
The broadcaster told that although she feels J.K. Rowling is transphobic herself, it’s down to her education on the subject – and feels ‘the way forward’ is to separate those diagnosed with a medical condition and those who solely identify as another gender.
She said: ‘I do think she’s transphobic, but I think that’s down to where she’s been educated.
‘I know she gets a lot of information from a well-known parenting website, which is well known by being colonised by Trans Exclusive Radical Feminists.’
She went on: ‘The way forward here, we’ve had Brexit where there’s been a separation within an expansion organisation, instead of Brexit we should have Sexit.
‘LGBT are also an expansion organisation who have recruited a lot of people into the term ‘trans’, which has made the issue so complicated. Maybe it’s time for people with the medical condition like myself and Nicole to be separated completely. ‘
She appeared on Good Morning Britain today with transgender model Nicole Gibson (top right) and professor of philosophy Kathleen Stock (bottom left)
What is self-identification?
The Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) governs how trans people can have their identity legally recognised
The UK Government consultation on the Gender Recognition Act closed on 22 October 2018. The act:
- Requires no medical diagnosis or presentation of evidence for trans people to get their identity legally recognised
- Recognises non-binary identities
Gives all trans people, including 16 – 17-year-olds, the right to self-determination, through a much simpler and more streamlined administrative process
JK Rowling sparked a transphobia row last week after she took issue with an online article about ‘people who menstruate’.
The 54-year-old tweeted to her 14.5 million followers on Saturday: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’
The author later revealed she was sexually assaulted in her 20s and told of her scars of domestic violence from her first marriage in a 3,663 word essay posted on her personal website.
Speaking on her essay, India went on: ‘I think J.K. Rowling made two really good points, those being self-identification which has been an absolute disaster.
JK Rowling sparked a transphobia row last week after she took issue with an online article about ‘people who menstruate’
‘The worst thing to happen to the trans population for as long as I can remember, it has probably set back the community at least ten years.
‘It’s instead of having a medical condition and elevating how you feel, it’s with a click of the fingers you change your sex and that is crazy.
‘I’m all for people leading their own lives, but to say that makes you a woman and says you have transitioned, spending years going through various tough processes to get to that stage is absolutely ludicrous, and that’s why there is so much confusion on that topic.’
Nicole, 39, from West Sussex, agreed that gender dysphoria is a medial condition which needs treatment, and argued that many trans voices which are ‘very aggressive’, are not speaking for the entire transgender community.
Nicole argued that many trans voices which are ‘very aggressive’ are not speaking for the entire transgender community
She said: ‘I can only answer for myself and I’m not offended by that.
‘I think the problem is a lot of trans activists who are doing a lot of the talking have got a huge chip on their shoulders, and they’re very aggressive with how they put their own opinions across, and it appears they’re speaking for all of us.
‘I don’t find the term women offensive, I don’t want to live in a world where we can’t say, men or women.
‘I want normal, being trans isn’t normal. It’s hardly our fault, gender dysphoria is a condition which has a treatment, it has no cure, it doesn’t make us biological women or men.
‘It helps us get through life with this condition. I do feel a little bit cured because I refer to myself as a woman and when I’m reading certain things I’m not stupid. I know if I’m being spoken about individually.’
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