Transgender Trend is thrilled to announce that our founder and director, Stephanie Davies-Arai, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to children.
This award is well deserved. Stephanie has always put the welfare of children, and their right to grow into healthy young adults at the forefront of everything she does.
She began to be interested in the spread of ideas about being transgender after seeing a number of articles appearing in the press about young children being ‘transitioned’ in schools.
Stephanie was at that time working as a communication skills trainer in education, publishing her book Communicating with Kids in 2012. Her experience of working in a primary school for eight years, working with parents and teachers for over twenty years and bringing up four children of her own informed her concerns about the sudden phenomenon of ‘transgender children’ and the lack of any debate on the subject. This led her to set up Transgender Trend in 2015.
Transgender Trend is now the UK’s leading organisation calling for evidence-based healthcare for children and young people and for factual science-based teaching in schools. It is an invaluable resource for parents and professionals worried about the teaching of gender identity theory in schools and for those seeking evidence-based information about treatment and approach towards children with gender-related distress.
Stephanie was the first person to make the link between what children were learning on social media and being taught at school with the rapid increase in the numbers of children attending the Tavistock GIDS clinic. She wrote about the way gender identity, an unverified belief, was being taught as more important than biological sex. She argued that it was not possible to be ‘born in the wrong body.’
Since then she has written about the experimental nature of puberty blockers, documented the unprecedented rise in the number of teenage girls believing they were boys, published ground-breaking research into the failings at the Tavistock and called for children with gender distress to be treated to the same standards of care as any other patient group.
Her expertise was acknowledged when she was granted permission by the High Court to intervene in the Keira Bell & Mrs A v Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust judicial review on behalf of the claimant.
Her work was vindicated by the Interim Report of the Cass Review  which echoed many of the concerns raised by Transgender Trend since it was set up. More recent vindication was the announcement of an urgent inquiry by Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, into hormone treatments for children with gender distress.
Stephanie’s work on Transgender Trend has exposed the political and ideological nature of school resources and policies offered by LBGT groups. Transgender Trend has shown how these groups teach unscientific facts about sex and gender, mislead schools about the law and misrepresent the Equality Act 2010.
Transgender Trend has published its own transgender guidance for schools which is in line with the law and Department for Education guidance. For this Stephanie was shortlisted in 2018 for the John Maddox Prize, a joint initiative by Sense about Science and the journal Nature, which recognises those who promote sound science and evidence as a matter of public interest, while facing difficulty or hostility in doing so.
Everything Stephanie does is guided by the same principle, that children should be taught about their growing bodies in a truthful, factual way and that those who suffer gender distress should get the best, evidenced-based care on offer, just like any other child seeking medical treatment. Her work and ideas are now getting the public acknowledgement they deserve.
“I am very proud to receive this honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, as founder of Transgender Trend for services to children, and I am grateful to those who nominated me.
To me this is not only vindication of my work over the past seven years. This is recognition for all the parents who have been vilified for simply wanting a proper standard of care for their children. It is confirmation that their concerns are valid and not born of bigotry. My hope is that this honour will give all parents more confidence in challenging a system that is failing children and in holding schools to account for teaching their children non-scientific concepts as truth.
Everyone who cares about the safeguarding and wellbeing of children welcomes open debate and exchange of views. Tactics to silence debate create fear of speaking up and puts children at risk. I am proud to have played my part in facilitating discussion about the treatment of children who experience gender-related distress and I am honoured to have my work recognised as being in the service of children.”