Transphobia: LGBT People

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what assessment she has made of trends in the level of intimidation carried out by some LGBT activists towards those who refuse to identify transgender individuals by their preferred pronouns.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government is aware that the debate around transgender rights and Gender Recognition Act reform can often be a sensitive one, and one in which different people may legitimately hold different views. These differences of opinion can and should be discussed in a mature and respectful manner. Where that has not been the case, the Government would urge those on all sides to treat each other with more respect. The Government would strongly condemn abuse or intimidation, from whichever side of the debate it comes.

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