BBC’s John Humphrys is under fire for saying trans women were men thinking to be women


To mark the 60th anniversary of the Today programme the show, John Humphrys has put together special reports on the changes in Britain in that time. He opened the discussion by talking about the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and anti-discrimination laws for gay, lesbian and bisexual people, but when it came to gender identity, not everybody liked the wording he chose. “What’s being contemplated by many people now, in essence, is whether we’re on the brink of society where gender is itself an outdated concept,” he said, “Are we facing the concept of a post-gender Britain? We’re already in tricky territory, even with something that’s been recognised by law – being transgender. In other words, if a man thinks he’s a woman, all he has to do is fill in a form and say so, he doesn’t need to convince anybody else”. In conversation with Stonewall’s Bex Stinson, a transgender woman, he asked her to prove her womanhood. When Stinson replied that, as well as her driving licence and passport, her “life experience is my fundamental proof”, he replied: “But you don’t have a certificate that says you are a woman?” While some applauded the segment, many took issue with the choice of Humphrys as presenter and its content.


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