The image above shows a presentation from a local Southend trans support group called Transpire, founded by a 54 year-old transsexual male called Gina Denham who teaches children that we all have a ‘gender identity’ which exists in the womb and is independent of both our socialisation and our biological sex. It is this ‘gender identity’ which makes us a boy or a girl and actually being male or female is irrelevant.
Transpire recently forced a school to change its policies in service of this ideology. Under the guise of ‘inclusion’ and ‘integration’ Gina Denham led an aggressive campaign to force a school in Rochford to remove sex-based rights and protections for its female students.
The trans pupil in question has been known by the Transpire group for two years so has presumably been thoroughly conditioned into the belief that he is literally female. As with Lily Madigan at his school in Kent, this one pupil has been afforded the power to change policy affecting all other pupils at the school with the help of a powerful transgender lobby.
The Transpire campaign began on Facebook:
The campaign continued on Twitter where King Edmund School Head Jonathan Osborn was bombarded with tweets of complaint, using the hashtag #BeInclusiveNotAbusive. A lot of the subsequent tweets have been deleted from Transpire’s Twitter account so we have had to use sceencaps from archived tweets:
The pressure was increased by letting a few other people know about the ‘discrimination’ going on at King Edmund school, including the local BBC station, Stonewall, the DfE, Ofsted, Pink News and the local District Council:
Adding LGBT Pride groups and the Prime Minister:
And a few more, including Mermaids and other well-known activists:
A few more are recruited, including the local newspaper, County Council and the leader of the Labour Party:
Inviting a pile-on from some more trans activist groups:
And a few more:
Another tweet to the Head, including a ticking-off about ‘gendered titles’:
And another, including Essex County Council:
And some pressure on the Social Faculty leader:
More pressure, including the school’s Teaching and Learning Community:
And more, including the School Business Manager:
The Mayor of London is informed:
And finally, “everyone wins!”
The whole campaign, from start to finish, took 6 days. No time to conduct a proper impact assessment on pupils protected under the protected characteristic ‘sex’ as the school is legally obliged to do before changing policy. How is this not in breach of Equality law? The pupil involved is legally male, not female, and single-sex provisions are lawful under the Equality Act, for reasons of privacy. The example of school facilities used in the Equality and Human Rights Commission Technical Guidance (3.20) does not state that a pupil protected under ‘gender reassignment’ as transsexual should be allowed to use the facilities of the opposite sex:
The way in which school facilities are provided can lead to discrimination. Example: A school fails to provide appropriate changing facilities for a transsexual pupil and insists that the pupil uses the boys’ changing room even though she is now living as a girl. This could be indirect gender reassignment discrimination unless it can be objectively justified. A suitable alternative might be to allow the pupil to use private changing facilities, such as the staff changing room or another suitable space.
King Edmund School is praised for showing “flexibility and openness to change” whereas in fact they were coerced by a campaign designed to intimidate and shame them for their ‘abusive’ policy of ‘discrimination’ and ‘segregation’, clearly risking damage to the school’s reputation. One tweeter even likened it to ‘apartheid.’
Although the final tweet proclaims ‘Everyone wins!’ Denham freely admits in this BBC report that the victory is only for the transgender student and everyone else’s needs and rights are unimportant:
“It’s about giving people the opportunity to use the toilet they are comfortable with, not what the school is comfortable with.”
So who is Gina Denham and what gives this individual so much power that a school changes its whole policy to cater to the demands of just one pupil?
The schools presentation shown at the start of this post is part of Denham’s Transitioning for Beginners project which sells to children the idea that ‘changing your gender’ can be “fun but daunting!”
As well as the book and the presentation there is a video series in which we learn about the presumably ‘daunting’ bit. Denham explains the dilation procedures necessary after vaginoplasty surgery, in order to prevent what is essentially an open wound from closing up, including a display of the dildos necessary for this task. Denham tells us that dilation must continue for life, although the three-times-a-day schedule eases off gradually over the first year, after which once a week is enough. This is actually very useful information, the kind of detail that of course kids have no idea about. Even Denham, an adult, seems taken aback by exactly what the creation and maintenance of a neo-vagina entails. This is what ‘transition’ means in reality: it is not the ‘fun’ lifestyle choice Denham sells to schoolchildren.
There are varying and complex reasons why different people want to transition to the opposite sex, with or without gender dysphoria; the term ‘transgender’ covers them all. Denham is a late-transitioning heterosexual male who followed a ‘macho’ career as a police sergeant, cross-dressed in private, is married and has fathered his own children, a profile most commonly associated with autogynephilia.
Denham’s online videos reveal his sense of absolute entitlement to the word ‘woman,’ a confidence no doubt built through a successful career as a male in a male-dominated profession. Having fathered his own children he has no qualms about advocating to children a model of understanding themselves which may well leave them infertile.
As the non-scientific claim of ‘innate gender identity’ becomes enshrined culturally and politically, schools seeking guidance may be inadvertently bringing in speakers who are the least qualified to help children and adolescents, but are given legitimacy by the umbrella term ‘transgender.’
Denham can have no idea of what it is actually like to be a teenage girl and no understanding of the factors which may encourage them to want to ‘transition.’ Nor can he have much sympathy for ‘pre-gay’ children who are the ones most likely to have a cross-sex identity in childhood, an identity they are overwhelmingly likely to grow out of if there were no adults around reinforcing it daily.
He clearly has no compassion for girls, nor any understanding of the embarrassment and threat they may feel from being forced to share facilities with biologically male classmates. Given his experience as a police sergeant it is surprising that he has no compunction in advocating the blurring of boundaries between the sexes and no recognition of the protection and safeguarding issues this raises for girls.
It is recognised that the majority (around 80%) of children suffering gender dysphoria will outgrow it. Why then would schools invite in adults who are in the minority who didn’t? Children are being misled into thinking that persistence is inevitable, particularly when they are taught that their ‘gender identity’ was actually fixed in the womb and therefore will not change. In fact, the overwhelming evidence says that it will. The promotion of only one immutable reason for a cross-sex identity is a dereliction of duty towards all children who present with gender dysphoria.
Nobody should be promoting the pseudo-scientific theory of ‘innate gender identity’ to impressionable schoolchildren as if it is fact. Those who are invested in the idea as validation for themselves and their own decisions as adults are the least suitable to be teaching children or dictating school policies to suit their own personal agenda. When a school can be forced to cast aside its duty towards all children so quickly and easily we have to start asking some serious questions.
Update: after we published this post, Transpire deleted all their tweets in this campaign. Luckily we had archived them all so were able to replace deleted tweets with screen shots from the archived pages.
Further update: the video in the ‘Transitioning for Beginners’ series in which Denham explains dilation procedures has now been removed from Youtube.