Vindication of gender-sensitive ‘transphobic’ activist named in Queen’s Birthday Honors List

A critical gender campaigner who said she was wrongly called a ‘transphobe’ has received a British Empire Medal on the Queen’s birthday.

Stephanie Davies-Arai is the founder and director of Transgender Trend, a group of parents who have campaigned against the increase in the number of children referred to clinics for medical treatment for gender dysphoria.

The organization was one of many that successfully lobbied Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, to launch an NHS inquiry earlier this year into possible harmful practices in gender clinics .

Responding to her award, Ms Davies-Arai said labeling views such as hers as ‘bigoted’ was ‘very dangerous’.

She also stood up for JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, who became the target of intense criticism and occasional abuse from some trans rights activists.

Transgender Trend claimed that there is “no scientific basis” for labeling children transgender and that young people who are sent to gender clinics experience “lifelong irreversible effects” from their treatment.

Instead, he pointed to figures showing that many trans kids first come out as gay and claimed that “80% of [gender dysphoric] the children ‘come out’ and end up accepting and being happy as the sex in which they were born”.

In 2018, Stonewall, the LGBTQ+ charity, said Transgender Trend’s opinions were “dangerous” for young people and “factually inaccurate”.

“I am stunned by honor”

On Wednesday, Ms Davies-Arai said: “I am truly honored and delighted to be recognized for my work. It’s a huge honor and I’m quite amazed and very grateful to everyone who nominated me.

“I hope this indicates a change in opinion about the treatment of children with gender dysphoria and an acknowledgment of my work, which has been wrongly labeled as transphobic or bigoted.

“What I’ve seen is a one-size-fits-all approach to caring for these children, which risks sending them down a medical path.

“One of my concerns was that the alternative was not brought up. Everyone should be open to debate; it’s clean. It is very dangerous to silence the debate by labeling evidence-based approaches as “bigoted or transphobic”.

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